Iowa City’s fireworks display will wrap up the annual Summer of the Arts Iowa City Jazz Festival on Sunday, July 3, following the end of the final jazz performance Downtown. The show will get underway sometime between 9:30 and 9:45 p.m. from Hubbard Park at the intersection of Madison Street and Iowa Avenue. Inclement weather may call for flexibility in the start time. Rain date is Monday, July 4, same time, same place. 

Spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets and take in the show from the University of Iowa Pentacrest lawn. The west lawn provides the best view, although the fireworks display will also be visible from the east side of the Old Capitol building and Downtown. ADA parking is available in the IMU parking ramp across from the Iowa Memorial Union, but spectators are advised to arrive early for those spaces.

To accommodate the fireworks set-up and show, streets and other areas within range of the fireworks area will be closed. The Iowa City Fire Department urges drivers and pedestrians to adhere to barricades, caution tape and other indicators that mark street closures, no parking, or other restrictions, as these are put in place to protect people’s lives and safety. Vehicles parked in restricted areas may be towed.

Hubbard Park will be closed Saturday and Sunday for set-up. The metered parking area adjacent to the IMU will be closed on Sunday. All cars parked on the street in the area of the IMU and Hubbard Park must be moved before 8 a.m. on Sunday.

The following streets and walkways will be closed:

  • Market Street, Jefferson Street, and Washington Street (between Clinton and Madison Streets)
  • Madison Street (between Jefferson and Washington)
  • Iowa Avenue (between Madison Street and Riverside Drive)
  • The tunnel between the English-Philosophy Building (EPB) and the IMU
Link: Street closures, parking and transit changes for the 2016 Iowa City Jazz Festival 

These will be closed until the fireworks are over and the crowd has cleared. Some areas will not reopen until the area has been inspected and swept of any fireworks debris. If barricades are up, do not enter the area.

For more information, contact Fire Marshall Brian Greer at 319-356-5257 or


Date of publication

Monday, June 27, 2016