Be a good neighbor and celebrate Independence Day safely.

Recent state law changes allow for the sale of fireworks in the State of Iowa. However, the launch of consumer fireworks remains prohibited within City limits. Novelty fireworks, like sparklers and snakes, are allowed.

Violators face fines between $250-$650. To report illegal fireworks in Iowa City, call the Iowa City Police Department at 319-356-6800. That line is available 24-7.

If you want to see a great fireworks show, check out the fireworks display that will close out the Iowa City Jazz Festival on Sunday, July 2. between 9:30 and 9:45 p.m. Grab a lawn chair and snag a spot on the University of Iowa Pentacrest for the best view. More event details are available at

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

Date of publication

Friday, June 30, 2017