Baseball fans to watch games and fireworks.


July 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Baseball fans in Iowa will have several chances to take in a game and a fireworks show on this Independence Day holiday. The Iowa Cubs will be at home this evening against Omaha and I-Cubs general manager Sam Bernabe says the Pacific Coast League attempts to schedule every team a home game near the fourth. Bernabe says the Fourth of July always helps pack the stadium. In addition to a fireworks show, he says there will be a ceremony on the field prior to the game in which a number of fans weill officially become U-S citizens. 29 people will be sworn-in as United States citizens at around 6:50-p.m.  Bernabe says every 8th grade history student should see a swearing-in ceremony at least once, because it’s a “very impressive ceremony,” according to Bernabe.

Elsewhere: The Clinton Lumberkings will be at home against Beloit in a Midwest League contest. General manager Ted Tornow says there will be a fireworks display after the game; The Cedar Rapids Kernels host Wisconsin and general manager Doug Nelson says they are inviting fans to spend the entire day at the ballpark. It begins with a pancacke feed in the morning and the game starts at five; and, The Sioux City Explorers will host the second of two nights of fireworks after their American Association game against Gary-SouthShore. It is the 20th straight season the Explorers have been home on the fourth.