More than fireworks

Amboy Fire Department brings more to the celebration

AMBOY – Everyone knows the 4th of July means the sky will be lit with beautiful, fantastic, freedom celebrating fireworks.

The Amboy Fire Department wanted to bring a little extra community bonding, more fun, and a bigger celebration to the annual Independence Day festivities. 

In 2017, Fire Chief Jeff Bryant Sr. debuted the City of Amboy and Amboy Fire Department Independence Celebration and it continues this year on July 2.

“It started when the Amboy Fire Department was celebrating its 145th year in 2017 as we became a vigilant fire company in 1871, the Amboy Fire Company 1 in 1873, Amboy Fire Department in 1922, and Amboy Fire Protection District in 1944,” said Ashley Bryant, AFD’s administrative assistant, volunteer fire fighter, EMT, and Chief Bryant’s daughter-in-law. “We had the celebration when we were founded, and we had planned all of the same activities for the celebration. We wanted to get our name out there and celebrate our community. 

“We joined it with the July 4th celebration and now we’ve made a tradition to keep it up every year.”

This year’s activities start with kid fun from 4-7 p.m., as a water slide, bounce houses, face painting, axe throwing, foam machines, a mobile game room, superhero characters, and bubble making stations will be available.

There will also be popcorn, popsicles, and water for refreshments.

A party isn’t a party without music as Snap Shot, a family friendly classic rock band, will be on stage from 7-11 p.m.

The City of Amboy will host the firework show at dusk.

“July 4th itself is worth celebrating. This is an event that we’ve done for the last three to four years,” Ashley Bryant said. “We really have fun hosting it and having a fun day for the community and the visiting families from surrounding areas and the campgrounds. 

“It’s something we take pride in hosting and putting on free entertainment for the kids and the community. We want to make sure everyone is invited and they’re free to come down and enjoy themselves. We look forward to seeing everyone have a fun night.”

The expenses for the fire department’s event are funded by donations from about 20 business in Amboy and surrounding communities.