Here's where to see firework displays in Johnson County during the 4th of July weekend

Among the ways 4th of July is celebrated, including spending time with loved ones or showing off your new grill, it almost always ends with fireworks.

If you live in Johnson County, use of fireworks in any unincorporated part of the county is illegal and requires a permit. Use of fireworks within an incorporated municipality, like Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty and more is dependent on the city's ordinance. Those three cities, along with Tiffin, University Heights, Oxford and Swisher all prohibit the use of fireworks.

So as you make your 4th of July weekend plans, here are four places that will host firework displays in Johnson County.

Iowa City

Fireworks will take place on July 2, the second day of Summer of the Arts’ Iowa City Jazz Festival. At 8 p.m., Grammy award-winning jazz singer Kurt Elling and the SuperBlue band will perform with guitarist Charlie Hinter. After their performance will be a firework display, so be sure to head out early as there will already be crowds due to the festival.

Bring your own chairs or blankets for the firework display.

When: July 2 after 9:30 p.m.

Where: The University of Iowa Pentacrest, 21 N. Clinton St.

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People watch as fireworks explode in the air on the final night of Iowa City Jazz Festival, Saturday, July 3, 2021, in Iowa City, Iowa.
People watch as fireworks explode in the air on the final night of Iowa City Jazz Festival, Saturday, July 3, 2021, in Iowa City, Iowa.


Coralville’s annual 4thFest returns, a mult-day Independence Day celebration that culminates with a firework display on the 4th.

Be sure to bring blankets and lawn chairs for the show. If you can’t attend in person, there will be a live stream of the firework display on the 4thFest Facebook page.

When: July 4 at 9:45 p.m.

Where: S.T. Morrison Park at 808 Fifth St.


Oxford is hosting an Independence Day eve firework display.

When: July 3 at dusk

Where: Creekside Park, Mill Street

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Like Oxford, Hills will host a firework display ahead of July 4 on Sunday.

When: July 3 at dusk

Where: Hills City Park at 201 W. Main St.

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Paris Barraza covers entertainment, lifestyle and arts at the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Reach her at or (319) 519-9731. Follow her on Twitter @ParisBarraza.

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