Once again, the Dyersville Commercial Club will host a Fourth of July celebration. An afternoon and evening of food and games at the Commercial Club Park will precede the spectacular fireworks display. The event draws a huge number of people to Dyersville to celebrate our nation’s freedom.

A little background on the organization that makes this celebration possible: the Commercial Club was established in 1911 as a membership-supported civic organization to promote Dyersville, to unite the business community and to attract new industry to the area.

In November 1916, the present park, consisting of 14 acres, was purchased. The Dubuque County Fair was held at this location from 1920 to 1931. Several buildings were constructed, including the present pavilion.

The Fourth of July holiday had always been celebrated in Dyersville, but the first fireworks display at the Commercial Club Park was in 1924.

Today, the Dyersville Commercial Club is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. There is no membership, and the park is not supported with either city or property taxes. A volunteer board of directors oversees the activities and the property of the park. Volunteers spend hundreds of hours keeping the ballfield in great shape and maintaining the picnic shelters and playground equipment. The park is a great asset to the community. If you would like to volunteer, please call me at 542-4872.

As the Fourth of July celebration draws near, we want to express our gratitude to the city of Dyersville for a $5,000 grant and to the businesses who generously responded to our pleas for financial support. As the cost of the fireworks continue to “skyrocket,” we need help to provide the awesome display that we have become well-known for throughout the area. There are canisters resembling a firecracker, at the check-out counters of many businesses in the area. If you have enjoyed the fireworks in the past, and are looking forward to watching another great display this year, please drop some change or a few dollars in it. If you are hosting family and friends at a house party to watch the fireworks, please “pass the hat” and send a donation to P.O. Box 51. Donations will also be accepted at the park on July 3. Thank you in advance for your help in continuing this great tradition and celebration.