Where to Watch Fireworks in the Iowa City Area

Celebrate the Fourth of July with spectacular fireworks in the Iowa City area and surrounding communities. Grab a blanket and some chairs, pack up the bug spray and your family, and get ready to say, “oooh . . .  aaah!”

Fireworks in the Iowa City area

Fireworks in the Iowa City Area

Iowa City

July 2
9:30 p.m.

Jazz Fest traditionally occurs the weekend of the Fourth of July and features a dazzling fireworks show above the Old Capitol. Get there early to snag your spot on the Pentacrest lawn. Don’t miss the sounds of sweet, sweet jazz all weekend, too!


July 4
9:45 p.m.
S.T. Morrison Park
This multi-day, patriotic festival ends with a beautiful fireworks show in the park. Besides fireworks, it includes a parade, 5K run, concert, carnival rides, and more! Check out the full schedule of events.

Cedar Rapids

July 4
7 p.m. entry
Downtown Cedar Rapids
Freedom Festival will conclude with this dazzling show. Organizers tout that this is the largest fireworks display in Iowa (on the actual Independence Day holiday!). The show accompanies music.


July 4
Lily Lake
The Amana Colonies is a true American story. Coming for religious freedom the german ancestors settled in Iowa. Independence Day is celebrated with pick-up baseball games in the park and a huge pot luck supper. A spectacular fireworks display is shot off over Lily Lake after dark.

Did we miss any Iowa City area fireworks? Let us know in the comments!

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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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