Coralville’s 4thFest, an Independence Day tradition, is known for free concerts, spectacular fireworks, the area’s largest 4th of July parade, and activities for all ages. 4thFest 2017 is July 1 through 4, with most events at Coralville’s S.T. Morrison Park (1513 7th Street).
4th Fest 2017 starts with the annual 4thFest 5K run/walk on Saturday, July 1 at 8:00 am, followed by a free Firecracker Kids Mini-Marathon (26.2 yards) for children up to age 8 at 8:45 am. Both events start near the Coralville Recreation Center (1506 8th Street). Advance or same-day registration is required for the 5K. For more information, call the Recreation Center at 319.248.1750 or visit www.coralville.org/4thFest5K.
1876 Schoolhouse & Old Town Hall
Tour the Coralville 1876 Schoolhouse (310 5th Street) and Old Town Hall (407 5th Street) on Sunday, July 2, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, in celebration of the Johnson County Historical Society’s 50th anniversary; admission is free.
The 4thFest carnival opens Saturday afternoon, July 1, and continues through Tuesday, July 4, in the Coralville Community Aquatic Center parking lot (1513 7th Street). Carnival tickets are $15 for 20 tickets through June 30 at 5:00 pm at Coralville City Hall, the Library, and the Recreation Center. Tickets at the gate are $20 for 20 tickets, or a $20 wristband for unlimited rides good for July 1 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm only.
Food & Booths
Vendors feature a variety of food and goods in S.T. Morrison Park beginning July 3 at 3:00 pm, and July 4 at noon.
Bring blankets and lawn chairs to S.T. Morrison Park for two free concerts on July 3:
- The Sidewinders, 6:30 pm: Citizen-soldiers by day and rock band by night, the Sidewinders is an energized nine-piece band whose covers of current pop hits and rock classics connect with a range of audiences, with songs from “Radioactive” and “All About That Bass” to “Carry On Wayward Son.” This crowd favorite returns to 4thFest for the third straight year.
- Tommy James & The Shondells, 8:00 pm: The road to stardom for Tommy James began when his song “Hanky Panky” became the summer smash success of 1966 and his first million-seller. Today, with a music career that spans over 50 years, his legendary hits include “Crystal Blue Persuasion,” “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “Crimson and Clover,” “Draggin’ the Line,” “Mony, Mony,” and “Sweet Cherry Wine.”
Begin the 4th of July with the annual Corridor Kiwanis Club pancake breakfast at Northwest Junior High (1507 8th Street) from 7:00 am to 10:00 am. Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door; kids age 5 and younger eat free. For more information, contact Scott Prochaska at email@example.com or 319.248.1750.
The 35th annual 4thFest parade begins on July 4 at 10:00 am with a two-mile route that starts and ends at the corner of 9th St. and 22nd Avenue. The parade travels east on 9th Street and 8th Street, south on 14th Avenue, east on 7th Street, south on 12th Avenue, west on 5th Street, north on 20th Avenue, and west on 8th Street. View a parade map at www.coralville.org/4thFestparade. Seating along the route is first come, first served. For safety, always stay behind the curb when watching the parade. Seating is not available from the corner of 9th Street and 22nd Avenue north to the GEICO