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Fireworks are illegal to use in Iowa City; avoid a $250 fine

Fireworks notice for the City of Iowa City.

Due to public safety concerns, the use of fireworks inside city limits is prohibited, and violators can face a minimum $250 fine.

Why can I buy fireworks in Iowa City, but not use them here?

Changes to state law in 2017 prevent cities from prohibiting the sale of fireworks, but does allow counties and cities to determine their own regulations regarding the use of consumer fireworks.

Use of fireworks in unincorporated parts of Johnson County are also illegal without a permit from the County.

Where to view fireworks safely.

  • Iowa City Jazz Festival fireworks info
    • At about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 3, 2021, at the Old Capitol Museum. 
    • For a full list of the Summer of the Arts' Iowa City Jazz Festival performers, visit SummeroftheArts.org
  • Coralville's 4th Fest fireworks info
    • At about 9:45 p.m. Sunday, July 4, 2021, at S.T. Morrison Park, 1513 7th St. 
    • For a full list of 4th Fest events, visit Coralivlle.org

Both shows will have ample space for household members and groups to distance comfortably. Please respect others when it comes to mask-wearing or social distancing if attending either firework displays.  

How do I report illegal fireworks?

Residents are encouraged to speak directly with their neighbors regarding the use of illegal fireworks. Reports can also be made to public safety dispatchers at 319-356-6800. Please provide an address when reporting your concern.

For questions about the local fireworks ordinance, contact Fire Marshal Brian Greer at 319-356-5257 or brian-greer@iowa-city.org.

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