Iowa City Area Guide to Local Fireworks Shows

As a child, when I was asked what my favorite holiday was, my response would always be the 4th of July. This was for a couple reasons: it was during my birthday month and of course for the FIREWORKS! Who does not love fireworks?! Something about them brings the nostalgia back from my childhood, and now I get to share it with my daughter.

Now with the 4th approaching quickly, it’s time to start planning the coordinating outfits and family-fun events.

Here is a list of local events and firework displays planned in the area.

iowa City area fireworks shows and locations

Iowa City

Iowa City Jazz Festival

When: July 1, 2018 at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Clinton St and Iowa Ave

Johnson County 4-H Fair

When: July 25, 2018 at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Johnson County Fairgrounds
4261 Oak Crest Hill Road SE


4th Fest

When: July 4, 2018 at dusk
Where: S.T. Morrison Park, 1513 7th St., Coralville, IA 52241


Muscatine 4th of July Celebration!

When: July 4, 2018 at dusk
Where: Over the Mississippi River


Salute to Freedom

When: July 4 at dusk
Where:  Williamsburg Recreation Center Highway 149


City of Wellman

When: July 4 at dusk
Where: North Park

Private Fireworks Shows

Last year’s legislation changed the rules of purchasing fireworks. Although it is legal for purchase, most municipalities in Johnson County have strict ordinances in place that limits and/or prohibits the sale and use of fireworks in town. This article from last year offers further information about local fireworks, but be sure to check your local laws and limits.

Above all else, remember that safety is of utmost importance, and follow fireworks rules for families to keep your kids (and everyone) safe. 

Where does your family go see fireworks?


Angelica was raised in West Liberty just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the Iowa City. After getting married to her high school sweetheart and living in the D.C. metro area, they decided it was not where they wanted to raise a family, and moved back to Iowa in 2012. They welcomed their daughter nine months after moving back. Then in 2018 added a yellow lab to their family. Angelica enjoys running, reading, and binge watching shows with her husband. She loves Disney, Reese's, and being a mom.


  1. Here is another July 4th celebration nearby in West Branch — Herbert Hoover National Historic Site in West Branch features the Eastern Iowa Brass Band in its July 4th concert from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm at the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, 302 Parkside Drive, West Branch, IA


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