How do you like to celebrate America's birthday? A number of corridor towns have a parade and put on a fireworks show to celebrate the day. Other events of interest include pancake breakfasts, tournaments and carnivals. Here is a list of places to go and things to do by town.
Cedar Rapids - Freedom Festival: Each year, hundreds of thousands of people attend the two week festival hosted in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to celebrate our nation’s birthday. The community of Cedar Rapids is showcased throughout the Freedom Festival with over 70 events taking place leading up to the grand finale on the 4th of July: the largest fireworks show in Iowa!
Coralville - 4th Fest: Coralville's annual 4th of July celebration is a community tradition that attracts thousands of visitors and residents each year. The multi-day event includes a 5K run / walk, entertainment, food, free concerts, a carnival, parade, and fireworks. Coralville's July 4th celebration draws the biggest crowds in the corridor. Festivities take place near the heart of downtown, in Coralville's S.T. Morrison Park. There's something for everyone to enjoy, browse the listing of fabulous events by clicking here.
Hills - This community south of Iowa City celebrates the 4th with a kiddie tractor pull, a softball tournament, a horseshoe tournament, a Euchre tournament, a parade and caps it all off with fireworks. Talk about a family fun in Iowa tradition!
Lake MacBride (Solon) - It's tough to beat a day at the beach on July 4, take in the boat parade at 4 p.m. (have you ever seen a boat parade?), then watch the booming colors sparkle over the lake later that night.
North Liberty - This little town north of Coralville puts on a parade at 2pm starting at S.R. 23 and Maple Street. No Fireworks, but a very short drive down the street to Coralville takes you to all the festivities there.
Oxford - This town west of Coralville on Highway 6 puts on a darn good parade at 3pm and then has a fireworks show at the Lions Club Park. Put together a picnic lunch and you've got a nice casual day of enjoyment.
Sharon Center - This little community southwest of Iowa City puts on a good parade at Noon, followed by an awesome pork BBQ and potluck lunch at the Masonic Lodge at 1pm. No fireworks.
If you're really into parades, you can see the circuit, starting with the Coralville parade at 10am; then the Sharon Center Parade at Noon; followed by the North Liberty Parade at 2pm; the Oxford Parade at 3pm; the Lake MacBride boat parade at 4pm and then the Hills Parade at 5:30pm. Travel time could be an issue and such a feat would be nearly impossible, but I know people who do try to take in two if not three of these great parades. Kids can really rack up on the candy!