The City of Iowa City will launch its fireworks display on Sunday, July 2, 2017, to close out the annual Summer of the Arts Iowa City Jazz Festival.

The show should start between 9:30 and 9:45 p.m., but be mindful of the possibility of delays due to inclement weather. The rain date is scheduled for Monday, July 3. Same time, same place.

People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets and view the show from the University of Iowa Pentacrest lawn. The fireworks will be launched from Hubbard Park, located at the intersection of Madison St. and Iowa Ave., next to the Iowa Memorial Union. Look for more information to come on park and street closures, as well as restricted parking.

Per state law, firework sales are now legal in the state of Iowa; however, the use of consumer fireworks is and will remain prohibited within City limits. Under the new state law, cities retain the right to prohibit the use of fireworks.

The City Council is currently considering an amendment to its local fireworks ordinance that will  bring the City code in compliance with the new state law. Changes will increase the fine for violators, with a new range between $250 - $650. Novelty fireworks, like sparklers, are allowed. Council has passed the first reading of the ordinance, and it is anticipated that it will be in place by the 4th of July holiday.

If you have questions about the changes to the local fireworks ordinance, contact Iowa City Fire Marshal Brian Greer at 319-356-5257 or

Date of publication

Thursday, June 08, 2017