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City suspends 4th of July fireworks; announces updates on City pools

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IOWA CITY -- Due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic, the City has suspended its 4th of July fireworks display for 2020.

The decision comes in collaboration with the Summer of the Arts, whose annual Iowa City Jazz Festival is held in unison with the City's fireworks display. 

Summer of the Arts has announced a series of program changes to their list of summer events to ensure their programing continues during the pandemic. Those changes include:

  • Virtual programming for the Iowa Arts Festival, June 5-7, and the Jazz Festival, July 3-5.
  • Drive-in movies at the Iowa City Municipal Airport during the month of July for their Free Movie Series.
  • Live, virtual concerts for the Friday Night Concert Series in collaboration with the Iowa City Public Library and City Channel 4. 

More information can be found at their website.

City pools 

The City Park Pool is set to be closed indefinitely, through its normal summer season.

The pools at Mercer Park Aquatics Center and Robert A. Lee Recreation Center will eventually reopen through a phased-in approach for the limited purpose of lap swimming with increased social distancing and hygiene practices, per the Governor's orders for reopening pools

The dates for when the Mercer and Robert A. Lee pools will reopen have not yet been determined. Mercer is expected to reopen first, with Robert A. Lee reopening later in the summer.

For all Iowa City COVID-19 news updates and resources, visit


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