Due to public safety concerns, the use of fireworks inside city limits is prohibited, and violators can face a minimum $250 fine.

Why can I buy fireworks in Iowa City, but not use them here?

Changes to state law in 2017, and most recently the 2022 State Legislature session, prevent cities from prohibiting or restricting locations for the sale of fireworks, but does allow counties and cities to determine their own regulations regarding the use of consumer fireworks.

Use of fireworks in unincorporated parts of Johnson County are also illegal without a permit from the County.

How do I report illegal fireworks?

Residents are encouraged to speak directly with their neighbors regarding the use of illegal fireworks. Reports can also be made to public safety dispatchers at 319-356-6800. Please provide an address when reporting your concern.

For questions about the local fireworks ordinance, contact Fire Marshal Brian Greer at 319-356-5257 or brian-greer@iowa-city.org.

Where to view fireworks safely

Iowa City Jazz Festival

  • Fireworks will begin around about 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 2, 2022, at the Old Capitol Museum. 
  • For a full list of the Summer of the Arts' Iowa City Jazz Festival performers, visit SummeroftheArts.org

Coralville 4thFest

  • Fireworks will begin around 9:45 p.m. on Monday, July 4, 2022, at S.T. Morrison Park, 1513 7th St. 
  • For a full list of 4thFest events, visit Coralivlle.org


Date of publication

Friday, June 17, 2022