Celebrate the Fourth of July in Iowa City: Festivals, Activities, and More!

Who needs a holiday weekend away? Especially when the Fourth of July falls smack-dab in the middle of the week on a Wednesday. Why travel? Stick around home and celebrate Independence Day in the Iowa City area. 

A graphic promoting Fourth of July events in the Iowa City area



S.T. Morrison Park
1513 7th St., Coralville
Enjoy a classic take on Independence Day with a parade and family fun, including face painting and more! 

Freedom Festival 

Various locations in Cedar Rapids 
This multi-week festival ends with a car show, concert and a performance by the Five Season ski team.  


Tot Time

Mercer Park Aquatic Center
2107 Bradford Dr., Iowa City
9 to 11:30 a.m.

Free roller skating

Mercer Park Aquatic Center
2107 Bradford Dr., Iowa City 
Noon to 4 p.m.

Free Rides at Upper City Park

200 Park Road
Free amusement rides from 1 to 7 p.m., and carnival games from 1 to 3 p.m.

Eastern Iowa Brass Band

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum
210 Parkside Dr., West Branch
Come see Iowa’s only brass band perform a free concert from 2 to 3 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair!  

Firecracker 4th Antique Show 

3890 C. St., Amana 
Shop a variety of antiques, jewelry and more. 

Iowa City Farmers Market

405 E. Washington St., Iowa City 
5 to 7 p.m.
Create and take home a fruit pizza and other patriotic prizes.

Cedar Rapids Kernels 

Veterans Memorial Stadium
5:05 p.m. 
Come out to the ballpark for face painting, fireworks, and an evening dedicated to military heroes. 

Swimming and splashing

City Park Pool

200 Park Road, Iowa City 
Admission will be half-off all day, and kids are invited to chalk the pool deck.  

Coralville Aquatic Center

Holiday hours 1 to 6 p.m.

North Liberty Aquatic Center

Holiday hours 12 to 6 p.m. 

View our more detailed guide of Iowa City area pools and splash pads

Local Lakes 

Terry Trueblood Recreation Area 

579 McCollister Boulevard, Iowa City 
Walk the trail, picnic, fish or enjoy the water with a rented canoe or kayak.  

Lake Macbride State Park

3525 Highway 382 NE, Solon 
Bring a picnic and hike the park, then cool off with a swim or boat rental. 

Coralville Lake 

4 miles north of Iowa City 
Enjoy a beach, along with fishing, picnicking and playground amenities. 


The best finale to any Fourth of July festivity is a dazzling fireworks spectacular. View our list of area displays


Katie is a spouse, mother, and professional communicator. She became acquainted with Iowa City as a student at the University of Iowa, earning degrees in Journalism, Political Science, and most recently her MA in Strategic Communication. Katie and her husband met and fell in love in Iowa City, deciding to never leave. Their family can often be found eating their way through downtown, walking their dog in City Park, or cheering on their beloved Hawkeyes at live sporting events.


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