Crowds come to Clear Lake for annual Fireworks Over Clear Lake

Businesses also seeing more customers

Posted: Jul 5, 2018 12:06 AM
Updated: Jul 5, 2018 10:28 PM

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa - Despite the threat of humid and stormy weather, there was still a crowd in Clear Lake on Wednesday for both the annual 4th of July parade and Fireworks Over Clear Lake.

Jesse Quail has been coming to the show every year since he was a kid.

"It's actually been really nice. It's kind of a family oriented thing, but it's also a time where you can go out and have fun with friends and everything."

While he and his girlfriend didn't have difficulty finding a parking spot, he says to be prepared to walk for a bit.

"You gotta be able to look away from where it's actually at because at this time of night, a lot of people are coming out here, so you have to walk away about 2 blocks, I think, that we had to walk here."

And while some showed up for the morning parade, some stuck around and spent time in shops and restaurants along Main Avenue.

Vickie Sukup is the co-owner of K&B Emporium and Anna's. This is the first year she's been in operation during the 4th, and has seen a good amount of foot traffic and money coming in.

"Sales have been amazing. Yesterday we were...we could not have anticipated the best reaction. We thank everybody for coming out. The ice cream has been super with families and then beverages upstairs. Absolutely amazing."

And even with the rainfall, Quail says it didn't damper the mood or the money making potential.

"They love being able to come out here. This is Midwest Iowa. Even if it's raining, they'll come outside to see what's going on."

Clear Lake isn't the only city putting on a show; according to WalletHub, around 16,000 fireworks displays are held each 4th of July.

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