The Fourth of July celebrations in Dysart were fun for everyone this year. The day started with a 5K Run/Walk at 8 a.m. This was followed by the volleyball tournament at 9.
One of the main events, the parade, began around 10:30 a.m. The streets were lined with people, and the sun was shining. Children anxiously waited for the candy to be thrown from the floats, while everyone enjoyed the beautiful morning with family and friends.
Kylie, Keira, Caitlin, Izzy, and Leah (who you can see above enjoying their candy) are from Ankeny and Iowa City. They were visiting their grandparents for the holiday weekend. Kylie stated her favorite part was "Watching my PopPop (Grandpa) march in the parade holding the flag as a firefighter."
A group of girls visiting from Ankeny and Iowa City show off the candy they collected at the parade.
Kelly Boldt, who grew up in Dysart and has attended the parade nearly every year since she was a little girl, said: "My favorite part of the parade is seeing the Shriners ride the go karts through town, and the gorgeous weather we have been having this weekend so far."
The parade consisted of many participants. The marching band and sports teams were all there to wish us a happy 4th, as well as many floats from local business around the area, like Light It Up Electric, which was pulling a trenching machine. You could also find a wide array of old tractors and cars, like a 1941 John Deere. The sign read "My Great Grandpa bought this new in 1941."
At noon, the Dysart Lions kicked off the pork chop dinner. Then, it was on to the afternoon, which was full of fun events for people of all ages. A tractor pull, many games & activities and a cupcake contest were just some of the fun.
Of course, since it was the 4th of July, the night ended with a spectacular display of fireworks here in Dysart. Concessions and games filled City Park as adults and children alike enjoyed their time watching the beautiful display of fireworks.