Do not celebrate the New Year with your own personal firework show in Iowa City. Using fireworks inside city limits is prohibited, and violators will face a minimum $250 fine. 

Skip the fine, instead enjoy two professional, permitted firework displays in Iowa City:

  • Hancher: Fireworks will begin at 11:50 p.m. on NYE as a finale to the Kristin Chenoweth show
  • Big Grove Brewery: Fireworks will launch at midnight as part of its New Year's Eve party

To report illegal fireworks, call the Iowa City Police Department at 319-356-6800. It is helpful to officers if the caller provides a house address or vehicle description. For questions about the local fireworks ordinance, contact Fire Marshal Brian Greer at 319-356-5257 or

Date of publication

Thursday, December 27, 2018