Eastern Iowa guide to Independence Day festivities

The first weekend in July typically means red, white and blue everything alongside gatherings — small and large — to celebrate our nation’s independence from Britain in 1776. For those of us not willing to crank up the grill, season the burgers and host a shindig this weekend, there’s plenty of just-show-up-and-enjoy Independence Day events throughout eastern Iowa awaiting your attendance.

Iowa City fireworks
Photo by Alan Light

Eastern Iowa Fourth of July Events

Cedar Rapids

Freedom Festival
Varied locations in Cedar Rapids — Wednesday, June 29 at 5:30 p.m. – Monday, July 4 at 7 p.m.
For specific details on over 70 events, visit their website.


4thFest: Carnival by Superior Carnival
Coralville Community Aquatic Center — Friday, July 1 at 5 p.m. – Monday, July 4 at 10 a.m.

4thFest 5K
Coralville Recreation Center — Saturday, July 2 at 8 a.m.

4thFest: Free Concert by The Sidewinders and The Oak Ridge Boys
S.T. Morrison Park — Sunday, July 3 at 6:30 p.m.

4thFest: 4th of July Parade
9th Street and 22nd Avenue — Monday, July 4 at 10 a.m.

4thFest: Free Concert by The Iowa City Community Band
S.T. Morrison Park — Monday, July 4 at 8:30 p.m.

4thFest: Fireworks Show
S.T. Morrison Park — Monday, July 4 when dark out

Throughout the weekend, there will also be food, vendors and other performances as part of 4thFest at S.T. Morrison Park. For details, visit their website.

Iowa City

Iowa City Jazz Festival
Downtown — Friday, July 1 at 4 p.m. – Sunday, July 3 11:30 a.m.
For details on performances, vendors, food, etc., visit their website.

Iowa City Fireworks
Pentacrest — Sunday, July 3 at 9:30 p.m.

For more events throughout other Eastern Iowa cities (and other parts of the state), check out American Towns’ compilation!

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