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June 2017

Traffic Control for Weekend Activities - Cedar Rapids

Traffic Control for the 2017 Downtown Farmers’ Market

The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance will be holding The 2017 Downtown Farmer’s Market this Saturday, July 01, 2017, beginning at 7:30 a.m. (set-up time 5:00 a.m.) and ending at Noon (tear down time 1:00 pm).  This year, the following streets will be utilized for the event:

  • 3rd Avenue SE from The alley between 1st Street SE and 2nd Street SE to 6th Street SE
  • 2nd Street SE from 2nd Avenue SE to 4th Avenue SE
  • 3rd Street SE from 2nd Avenue SE to 4th Avenue SE
  • 5th Street SE from 2nd Avenue SE to 4th Avenue SE

A “No Parking/Tow Away” zone will be enforced on these streets from 5:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. per Municipal Code Sections 61.094 and 61.094A. Guests of the market are encouraged to use the 4th Avenue, GTC, 5 Seasons or Convention Complex parking ramps located within a few blocks of the Market. For additional parking information, please visit Parking ramps are handicapped-accessible and market patrons with special needs are encouraged to use those areas.


Traffic Control for the Freedom Festival Parade

The Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival will be holding a Parade , the event will be this Saturday, July 1, 2017, beginning at 10 AM and ending at noon

The following streets will be closed for the event:

  • 3rd Street SE from 9th Avenue SE to 16th Avenue SE
  • 16th Avenue SE from 3rd Street SE to and across the Bridge of Lions and from the Bridge of Lions across 16th Avenue SW to C Street SW
  • 9th Avenue SE from 3rd Street SE to 7th Street SE
  • 10th Avenue SE from 3rd Street SE to 7th Street SE
  • 5th Street SE from 9th Avenue SE to 11th Avenue SE
  • 6th Street SE from 9th Avenue SE to 11th Avenue SE
  • 7th Street SE from 9th Avenue SE to 11th Avenue SE
  • 11th Avenue SE 3rd Street SE to 4th Street SE (behind NewBo)
  • NOTE: 11th Avenue SE 3rd Street SE to 4th Street SE (behind NewBo) will remain closed until 3 PM

Please see the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festivals website for additional information:


Traffic Control for the Music at the Museum

The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library will be holding the Music at the Museum, the event will be this Sunday, July 3, 2016, beginning at 6 PM and ending at 9 PM.

Most of Inspiration Pl SW without disrupting the flow of traffic from 15th Avenue SW to A Street SW

Please see The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library website for additional information:

To receive text alerts on road impacts, please visit

For an additional list of road closures please check: Closures.

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Residents reminded that firework use in Iowa City is illegal

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

Tickets for Farm to Street Dinner go on sale July 1 - Iowa City

Tickets go on sale July 1, 2017 at midnight for the second annual Farm to Street Dinner hosted by the City of Iowa City in partnership with the Downtown District and Johnson County. 

The dinner will take place Thursday, August 17, 2017 outside, in the middle of North Linn Street in Iowa City. This special event supports the local food economy, while bringing the community together  to share a delicious six-course meal, using locally sourced ingredients prepared by some of Iowa City’s most talented chefs.

In 2016, the first Farm to Street Dinner was held after a partnership between the three organizations was formed to increase awareness of local food being used in local restaurants and as a way to generate funds for a chosen non-profit that works with local food in Johnson County. Last year, Farm to Schools was the beneficiary of the $10,000 raised by the dinner event. Funds raised this year will support the Iowa Valley Global Food Project, which was chosen after an application process.

Tickets are limited to 200 for this event and can be purchased for $75 per ticket online at Sales will begin at 12 a.m., and organizers believe tickets will be sold out by the end of the day, July 1.

For more information Contact City of Iowa City Farmers Market Coordinator Tammy Neumann,, or Iowa City Downtown District Director of Operations Betsy Potter,

Corridor Area Special Events, unique like no other!

Make plans for some special events unique to the corridor area.   Do you like football?  There's a festival for it.  Are you a Star Trek fan?  Yes, there's a festival for it.  Are you really into food?  Yep, there's a special event for that too.  Corridor area festivals embrace holidays, celebration, music, fun and games, tradition.  The following unique events are listed by month.


Coralville BrrrFest - Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center Exhibit Hall
300 E. 9th St., Coralville.  Brew Up a Celebration of Craft Beers Coralville BrrrFest celebrates the beers of winter and the brewers who make them. Sample and purchase craft beers showcased by breweries from across the Midwest. A portion of the proceeds benefit Coralville's annual 4thFest celebration.

WinterFest - Experience the wonders of an Iowa winter at Coralville’s annual WinterFest. Since it began in 2008, thousands of people each year enjoy a showcase of winter-time demonstrations, indoor and outdoor hands-on activities, entertainment, food, and frosty fun for all ages.  WinterFest is held at various venues in the Iowa River Landing, just off Interstate 80 exit 242, at the corner of E. 9th Street and Quarry Road.


St. Joe's Fun DaysThis community event will include: carnival rides, food, raffle, bingo, live music, beverage tent, a teen tent, and a country store. Visit to learn more and find ways to get involved.

Iowa Arts Festival: The Iowa Arts Festival is a weekend-long, free, community celebration featuring over 115 local and national visual artists displaying and selling their artwork, a music festival, a “Culinary Row” serving regional and ethnic food, a variety of activities and entertainment, both creative and educational, for children and families. The Iowa Arts Festival is the most anticipated visual art-centered event of the summer.  Location:  Downtown Iowa City, starting on Clinton Street.

The St. Ludmila Kolach Festival is a celebration of all things delicious.  Fruit filled pastries are the highlight of the three day festival along with games, carnival rides, music and food.  Held the second weekend in June, it's sure to be a family pleaser for everybody. The 2019 St. Ludmila Kolach Festival is June 7-9, 2018:  KOLACHES ARE ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS.

Trek Fest:  If you've never seen a Klingon up close and personal, you might get your chance if you warp into Riverside, Iowa during a special summer weekend.  Riverside's annual Trek Fest is a celebration of the future birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk.   Good food, music, a parade, contests of all kinds and of course, a lot of people dressed up in Star Trek costumes.  


Iowa City Jazz Festival - Since its humble beginnings in 1991 the Iowa City Jazz Festival has transformed into a nationally recognized event with an average annual audience of more than 50,000. Over the years, the festival has featured some of the biggest names in jazz. A key ingredient in the ongoing success of the festival is its accessibility. Admission has always been free thanks to our sponsors who underwrite all costs of producing the event, allowing it to transcend socioeconomic barriers and provide free access to families and individuals regardless of income. Join us in front of the Old Capitol and on Clinton Street and Iowa Avenue for a weekend full of some of the best jazz music around!  Click HERE for a complete schedule.

North Liberty Blues & BBQ - Held in North Liberty’s new Centennial Park, at 1565 St. Andrews Drive. Our free celebration started as a way to highlight a newly completed park and commercial district. Since then, we have drawn thousands from across the state with kids’ activities, great music, local craft beers, and mouth-watering food. And we have weathered rain and storms and seen the continued loyalty that our community has for Blues & BBQ.

Solon Beef Days - Solon Beef Days is an annual celebration held in the town of Solon, Iowa the third Friday in July each year. Join us for entertainment, parade, beer tent, beef dinner, and a load of events for kids and adults alike.  Since its start in 1971 we've been growing and going strong ever since. Beef Days is held every year beginning on the 3rd Friday in July.


Hoover's Hometown DaysAn annual event of West Branch, Iowa, birthplace of the 31st president and home to his presidential museum.  Each August, West Branch celebrates its most well known resident with music, food, rides, and the world championships of Hooverball.  This two day event is capped off with a patriotic fireworks display timed to the music of the Eastern Iowa Brass Band.

St. Jude Sweet Corn Festival:  An annual three day event in early August and as the name suggests this festival celebrates corn!  Over 25,000 ears of corn are bought locally for the festival which also includes carnival rides, games, music and so much more.  Great family fun!


FRY fest:  Named in honor of former University of Iowa football coach Hayden Fry, FRY fest is a one day ‘Celebration of all that is Hawkeye’ to kick-off the Hawkeye athletic seasons the Friday before the first home football game. With over 20,000 members of Hawkeye Nation in attendance, it has become a tradition for fans to travel to Coralville, Iowa each year to take part in the numerous family-friendly activities.  Fan Favorites:  Hawkeye Car Show, blood drive, World's Largest Hawkeye Tradeshow and Tailgate Party, autographs, athletes, coaches, athletic demonstrations, kids' activities, food, pep rally, concert.  Located at the Iowa River Landing in Coralville.

Throughout the summer

Coralville's Sounds of Summer - Enjoy an evening of fun and entertainment in Coralville's parks this summer!  Each month from May through September we'll feature games, activities, and live music in a different location each time. Bring along your lawn chairs or a blanket, pack a picnic or get something to eat from a food vendor, and enjoy an evening out!

Friday Night Concert Series - Iowa City.   All kinds of music for all kinds of people!  Join the fun mid-May through mid-September.  Concerts are held outside of the Sheraton Iowa City Hotel from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.   Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy FREE live entertainment!  *September 18 will be a special block party! Watch for more info to come!  In event of rain, the Friday Night Concert Series will move to the Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp on the corner of Washington and Gilbert Streets in Iowa City.


Aisle of Lights - Coralville.   See how 30,000 white paper sacks, each filled with sand and a votive candle, create a magical scene on a winter evening! The City of Coralville’s annual Aisle of Lights luminaria display, started in 1980, is held in December.   Area businesses and organizations host a merry day of activities for all ages, and then residents and businesses who choose to participate light luminarias at 5:00 pm to burn throughout the night. Miles of luminarias are available for viewing by foot or car.  View the twinkling lights at your leisure, or take a tour. The City of Coralville provides one free wheelchair-accessible bus, departing from City Hall approximately every 45 minutes beginning at 5:15 pm. The last tour departs at approximately 8:15 pm. Each round is limited to 40 people, first come, first served. Open to the public.

City of Iowa City announces Fourth of July holiday schedule

City of Iowa City administrative offices and other facilities will be closed Tuesday, July 4, 2017, to celebrate the Independence Day holiday.

Airport: The office will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, but Jet Air will be open from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and 24-hour self-serve fuel will be available.

Animal Care and Adoption Center: Closed Tuesday.

Landfill: Closed Tuesday.

Library: Closed Tuesday.

Oakland Cemetery: Closed Tuesday.

Parking: Closed Tuesday. City ramps and metered parking will be free. 

Parks and Recreation: Administrative offices will be closed, other facilities are as follows:

  • The Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center and Mercer Park Aquatic Center/Scanlon Gym will close at 5 p.m., with indoor pools closing at 4 p.m. 
  • City Park pool will maintain normal hours, closing at 8 p.m. 
  • Check out all the great events planned for the whole family on July 4 at

Police: Administrative offices and records closed Tuesday. Patrol will operate normally. 

Senior Center: Closed Tuesday, no senior meals.

Trash & Recycling:  No garbage, recycling, or yard waste collection Tuesday. 

  • Residents on the Tuesday route should have materials at the curb by 7 a.m. on Wed., July 5, although the City cannot determine exactly when items will be collected. 
  • Pick-ups on Monday, and Wednesday through Friday will follow their normal schedule.

Transit: No transit services Tuesday. 

Water: Closed Tuesday. 

  • If a water emergency occurs, call the 24-hour emergency number at 319-356-5166.

Normal City operations will resume Wednesday, July 5.


Holiday Fireworks Display

The Iowa City Jazz Festival, produced by Summer of the Arts, will happen downtown June 30 - July 2. The event will close with the City's spectacular fireworks display Sunday evening. 

The show can be viewed from the University of Iowa's Pentacrest lawn and will start sometime between 9:30 and 9:45 p.m., weather depending. For additional info about the fireworks display, including street closures and parking visit,

Personal Fireworks 

Even though firework sales are now legal in Iowa, it remains illegal to launch them in City limits. Violators face fines between $250 - $650. Novelty fireworks, like sparklers and snakes are allowed. To report illegal fireworks in Iowa City, call the Iowa City Police Department at 319-356-6800. That line is available 24-7. 

Most City Offices Closed on Tuesday, July 4 - Cedar Rapids

The City of Cedar Rapids will observe the Independence Day holiday on Tuesday, July 4.   Most City offices will be closed that day.  The following City services will continue to operate as indicated below:  

  • CR Transit               

No bus service

  • Fire Department

Administration and Fire Marshal’s offices closed; Responding to emergencies

  • Golf Department

Office Closed; All Courses Open   6:00AM - Dusk

  • Library                      
    Both Library locations closed Tuesday, July 4
  • Police Department

Administrative Offices closed.  Non-emergency calls can be directed to 286-5491

  • Solid Waste & Recycling            
    Garbage, yard waste and recycling will be collected as normal; office closed
  • Water Pollution Control

Operating as usual

The Solid Waste & Recycling Department will be collecting garbage, yard waste and recycling on July 4.

The Water Division’s 24-hour emergency service number is (319) 286-5910.  Public Works’ Sewer and Street Division’s 24-hour emergency service number is (319) 286-5826.

Walmart escalates war of words with Amazon through the trucking firms they share

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is escalating its war of words with Amazon by sending veiled messages to the trucking companies that haul its merchandise from its distribution centers and stores, telling them if they do business with the Web giant it may not want to work with them, according to an industry expert.

“I know that Walmart WMT, +0.10%   has expressed its views to truckload carriers,” transportation consultant Satish Jindel told The Post.

“Walmart would prefer to do business with carriers that are not doing business with Amazon AMZN, +0.24%  ” and are not “conflicted,” because it’s concerned about their ability to handle high volumes of deliveries during peak times, Jindel says.


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