The ninth annual Fourth of July Fireworks Drive will begin at 5 a.m. on Thursday, April 13. The Perry Chamber of Commerce began preparations on for the drive by passing out 1,200 cupcakes to local businesses around town.

Cupcakes were made from Hy-Vee and Fareway, later divvied out to businesses around town to bring awareness to the day-long event in April.

“A dollar makes a difference,” Executive Director of the Perry Chamber, Bob Wilson said about the drive. “It all adds us; every bit counts.”

Last year, the Fireworks Drive provided $12,000 worth of fireworks during Perry’s Independence Day celebration.

The Fireworks Drive will kick off at 5 a.m. and run until 8 a.m. in the parking lot of Hy-Vee. Those who donate can expect a cup of free coffee for their contribution.

KDLS will host a Live Pie Auction running from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. The station will host members of the Chamber as well as auction off dessert items.

In the Downtown area, Willis and 2nd St. will be filled with volunteers holding buckets for donations. Those walking or driving by will get a chance to drop a donation in the bucket for the fourth of July fireworks.

Donations will also be accepted at both Fareway and Hy-Vee from April 13 to April 22. Both stores are participating in a “round up” program where shoppers can round up their grocery bill at the check-out to donate. Wilson said this program has helped tremendously in the past.

Wilson said the 4th of July fireworks show in Perry is dependent upon donations from the community. Each year, the Chamber hires a company who puts on the fireworks show. The amount of fireworks for the show are issued according to the dollars collected.

“Everybody can participate,” Wilson said. “Perry has an amazing ability to get behind a project or be supportive.”