Baseball fans will have several chances across the state to take in some professional baseball and some fireworks on this Independence Day. The Iowa Cubs will be at home tonight against Round Rock in Principal Park and a fireworks display will follow the game. The Pacific Coast League schedule allows teams to have a home game on July third or the fourth so all the teams can celebrate the holiday and fill their stadiums with the large crowds that always come out. The I-Cubs all time attendance record had been the July 4th game in 1998 until the most recent Kerry Wood appearance broke that mark. Fireworks and a game on the fourth have become a tradition in Sioux City where the Explorers host the Winepeg Goldeneyes in a Northern League contest. Assistant general manager Mike Gorsett who says the Explorers seniority in the league helps the get the sought-after July fourth home game virtually every season. Gorsett says the fireworks will begin right after the game. The Swing of the Quad Cities host West Michigan and the Burlington Bees host South Bend and fireworks will follow both of those games. The Cedar Rapids Kernels host Fort Wayne in a game that starts late this afternoon. Kernels general manager Jack Roeder says it’s a promotion they’ve done for years. He says the fans can stay after the game and wait for the fireworks display downtown.Roeder says the Fourth of July and fireworks have become a tradition for the Kernels. He says they’ll give away red, white and blue baseball bats and the team will wear jerseys of the same color that’ll be auctioned off.
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