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June 2023

Honoring the Fourth of July: Iowa City Public Library and Bookmobile to Be Closed on July 4

ICPL July 4The Iowa City Public Library and its popular mobile service, the Bookmobile, will close on Tuesday, July 4, 2023, in observance of the Fourth of July holiday.

Library cardholders are reminded that the Digital Library is always open and accessible, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This constant availability ensures that the literary world is always at your fingertips, and you can continue to enjoy your favorite books and resources anytime, anywhere.

The Digital Library is available to cardholders residing in Iowa City, Hills, University Heights, Lone Tree, and rural Johnson County, offering a wide array of digital resources including:

Libby: Cardholders can stream or download from our expansive collection of ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines. With hundreds of titles spanning various genres, there's a book or magazine for every type of reader.

Kanopy: Our patrons can access an impressive catalog of over 26,000 films and documentaries. Stream these titles directly to your TV, mobile device, or computer for an enriching viewing experience.

The New York Times & The Washington Post: Keep abreast of the latest news and events with full digital access to these world-renowned publications.

For these resources and much more, please visit our Digital Library at

Following the Fourth of July holiday, the Iowa City Public Library and the Bookmobile will resume their regular hours on Wednesday, July 5, 2023. 

We wish all our patrons a safe and enjoyable Independence Day celebration!

The Iowa City Public Library is a center of community life that connects people of all ages with information; engages them with the world of ideas and with each other; and enriches the community by supporting learning, promoting literacy, and encouraging creativity.

Celebrate Independence Day with Coralville’s 4thFest

Coralville 4th Fest 2023Coralville's 4thFest, an Independence Day tradition, is known for free concerts, spectacular fireworks in S.T. Morrison Park, the area’s largest 4th of July parade, and activities for all ages. Most events take place at Coralville’s S.T. Morrison Park (1513 7th Street).

This popular festival is bigger and better than ever in 2023 with special events in celebration of Coralville’s 150th anniversary.

Races on July 1
The annual 4thFest 5K run/walk is Saturday, July 1, at 8:00 am, followed by a free Firecracker Kids Mini-Marathon (26.2 yards) at approximately 9:00 am for children age 6 and younger. Both events start and end near the Coralville Recreation Center, 1506 8th Street. Advance or same-day registration is required for the 5K. Registration cost is $40 from June 21-28 and $45 from June 29-July 1; same day registration on July 1 is from 7:00 am to 7:45 am. No registration is necessary for the Mini-Marathon. 4thFest 5K information and registration

The Stars and Stripes Youth Cross Park Race is for youth ages 5 to 11 and is on Saturday, July 1, at 10:00 am in S.T. Morrison Park. Registration is required; the cost is $12 for Coralville residents and $15 for non-residents. The race is approximately one mile long with obstacles, adventures, and challenges along the way. Youth Cross Park Race information and registration

For more information, call the Recreation Center at 319.248.1750

Kids’ Pedal Tractor Pull
On Sunday, July 2, kids weighing 80 pounds or less can test their pedal power on a pedal tractor pulling a weighted sled to see who can pull the farthest. This is a free event but registration and weigh-in are required and from 1:00 to 2:00 pm only; registrations and weigh-ins will not be accepted after 2:00 pm. The event will take place from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at the 7th Street entrance to City Hall/S.T. Morrison Park. Kids' Pedal Tractor Pull information

Miller’s Petting Zoo
On Sunday, July 2, meet a donkey, calf, young goats, lambs, piglets, a giant rabbit, chickens, ducks, and a goose from 1:00 to 7:00 pm. This event is free; feed is sold for $1 per cup.

Coralville apparel will be available for purchase in the park on July 2 from 4:00 to 7:30 pm and July 3 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm, and from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm at the Recreation Center on July 4.

Learn about Coralville History
A display of Coralville history will be available in City Hall, 1512 7th Street, on Sunday, July 2 from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm; Monday, July 3 from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm; and Tuesday, July 4 from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm. A Coralville History Talk will take place on July 2 and July 4 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm.

4thFest 2023 welcomes Next Generation Shows, Inc. The carnival will open at 1:00 pm on Sunday, July 2, and at noon on July 3 and 4, and will stay open until dark each evening. Buy ride tickets at the gate for $1 each, or 22 for $20. Or, buy tickets in advance at Coralville City Hall, 1512 7th Street, until 5:00 pm on Friday, June 30; or the Coralville Recreation Center, 1506 8th Street, until 6:00 pm on Saturday, July 1; advance ride tickets are $16 for 22 tickets. Kids’ rides cost three tickets; major rides cost four or five tickets per ride.

Free Picnic and Concert on July 2
On Sunday, July 2, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, enjoy hot dogs and hamburgers grilled by the Coralville Fire Department and Coralville Police Department, along with chips and a drink. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs; tables and chairs will not be provided. This Coralville 150 th Anniversary Picnic is made possible in part by donations from community partners.

Jarrod Hogan, a solo acoustic artist, will perform a wide range of covers alongside a few original selections from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

Activities on July 3
Youths age 5 to 10 can hunt for treasure at the Coralville Community Aquatic Center Treasure Hunt on July 3 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. Registration is required; $15 for Coralville residents; $18.75 for non- residents. Treasure Hunt information and registration

A spot shot contest will take place on the tennis courts east of the Recreation Center for ages 11 to 18 years from 2:00 to 4:00 pm; no registration is necessary for this free event.

Vendors offer a variety of food for purchase in S.T. Morrison Park beginning July 3 and 4 at noon.

Free Concerts on July 3
Bring blankets and lawn chairs to S.T. Morrison Park for two free concerts on July 3:

  • The Beaker Brothers Band, 6:30 pm: The Beaker Brothers Band pays homage to the original jam bands of the late 1960s and early 1970s—the Allman Brothers, Clapton, Santana, Little Feat, Rolling Stones, James Gang, the Doors, Steely Dan, CCR, and many more.
  • Voices of Classic Rock, 8:00 pm: This show brings hit after hit of classic rock songs sung by iconic rock stars. Enjoy the music of John Payne, former ASIA lead singer; Alex Ligertwood, former Santana lead singer; Fran Cosmo, formerly with Boston; and Bill Champlin, former Chicago lead singer. 
  • The concert is scheduled to be held rain or shine, except during severe threatening weather conditions.  4thFest concert information

Pancake Breakfast
Start the 4th of July with the annual Corridor Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast at the Coralville Recreation Center, 1506 8th Street, from 7:00 am to 10:00 am. The breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, and juice. Tickets are available at the door.

The annual 4thFest parade begins on Tuesday, July 4 at 10:00 am with a two-mile route that starts and ends at the corner of 9th Street 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

Seating along the route is first come, first served. For safety, stay behind the curb when watching the parade. Seating is not available on 22nd Avenue; parade entries line up on 22nd Avenue. The viewing area on 5th Street from the fire station west to the end of S.T. Morrison Park is designated as “limited noise.”

The parade is scheduled to be held rain or shine, except during severe threatening weather conditions (in the event of cancellation, the parade will not be rescheduled).

Parade marshals are century families—those who have lived in Coralville for 100 years or more. The parade will be livestreamed on the Coralville 4thFest Facebook page,

Community Games & Events on July 4
Enjoy bingo at the S.T. Morrison Park Hilltop Shelter on July 4 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm, courtesy of the American Legion. Free events include lawn games in S.T. Morrison Park from 2:00 to 4:30 pm and performances by City Circle Theatre and Young Footliters at 4:30 pm.

Free Concerts & Fireworks on July 4
To close the 4th of July, enjoy the music of Fringe and the Backstabbers beginning at 5:45; reading of the Declaration of Independence at 8:15 pm, and the Iowa City Community Band beginning at 8:30 pm. Finally, watch the spectacular fireworks display at approximately 9:45 pm in S.T. Morrison Park, courtesy of the trained pyrotechnicians of the Coralville Fire Department. The fireworks will be livestreamed on the Coralville 4thFest Facebook page,

Volunteer help is needed to make 4thFest events possible. A variety of volunteer opportunities are available July 1-5, 2023! To see how you can be part of the excitement, view the volunteer listings and sign up for a slot at

Coralville’s spectacular 4thFest events are possible with the support of the community. Donate to 4thFest

Learn More
Times and events are subject to change. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit

Celebrate National Night Out on Aug. 1, 2023 by hosting a neighborhood event!


National Night Out will take place Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2023, and the City of Iowa City wants to hear from neighborhoods that would like to participate in the celebration.

National Night Out is an annual celebration that encourages neighbors to get out of their homes, interact with each other and create connections to foster safer neighborhoods. Some Iowa City neighborhoods have hosted special events featuring food, cool beverages, family-friendly activities, and appearances by Iowa City Police Officers and Firefighters.

If your neighborhood is interested in hosting an event, please reach out to Iowa City Police Community Outreach Assistant Veronica May at [email protected] or 319-356-5274 by July 15, 2022.

Learn more about National Night Out here.

Robert A. Lee Recreation Center Pool extends hours on Wednesday, July 5

Iowa CityIOWA CITY -- The Robert A. Lee Recreation Center Pool will have extended open swim hours from 1 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 5, 2023.

The extension is in response to City Park Pool being closed for water leak testing during the morning and afternoon of July 5. City Park Pool will reopen for evening swim at 5 p.m.

The Robert A. Lee Recreation Center Pool will reopen to normal open swim hours at 6:15 a.m. on the following day, Thursday, July 6.

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


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?

State law prevents cities from prohibiting or restricting locations for 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.

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 Troy Roth at 319-356-5257 or [email protected].

Where to view fireworks safely

  • Iowa City Jazz Festival
    • The City of Iowa City will host a fireworks display beginning around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 1, 2023, at the Old Capitol Museum. 
    • For a full list of the Summer of the Arts' Iowa City Jazz Festival performers, visit
  • Coralville 4thFest
    • Fireworks will begin around 9:45 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4, 2023, at S.T. Morrison Park, 1513 7th St. 
    • For a full list of 4thFest events, visit

Rescheduled Bikes on parade and dazzling booms coming Monday - North Liberty

Joyriders JubileeJoyriders Jubilee (rescheduled to Monday, July 3) and Fireworks are next up from your City Slate of free events. Here's all you need to know.
Joyriders Jubilee

Children two to ten and their caregivers are invited to bring their bikes, blades, strollers, wagons, wheelbarrows, wheelchairs and whatever else rolls to decorate at Penn Meadows Park pavilion, 355 E Penn St., on Monday, July 3, starting at 9 a.m.. Once all wheels have been decorated, at 10 a.m., join in a group parade along Penn Meadows Trail.

Each participating child can enter a drawing to win wheeled toys at the conclusion of the event. Must be present to win. Learn more.
Kickstart your Independence Day celebrations with fireworks on Monday evening, July 3, in Penn Meadows Park.

The display will launch at 9 p.m. from Owen Skelley Field (formally known as Babe Ruth Field) in the southwest corner of Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque St. Viewers are welcome and encouraged to arrive to the park early to play and enjoy a picnic, however their will not be any organized programming or on-site food sales available. Alcohol is prohibited.


You also may be wondering

  • Restrooms will be available at all of the events.
  • The use of tobacco, nicotine, vape and other electronic smoking devices are prohibited in North Liberty parks, trails and public recreation areas.

Stay in the loop

  • Join the Joyriders Jubilee and Fireworks Facebook events for weather and event updates.
  • Share your photos with us on Facebook or Instagram
  • Stay connected with the City by subscribing to the North Liberty Bulletin or signing up for news alerts.


We’re committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation at our events for individuals with disabilities. For accommodations, please reach out to [email protected] or call (319) 626-5755.

More City Slate Fun

These events are part of the City Slate, a compilation of North Liberty’s largest and free city-produced events, with dozens planned this year.

The City Slate is made possible by Centro, Inc, The Family Dental Center, The Eastern Iowa Airport - CID, Hills Bank, MidWestOne Bank, Shive-Hattery, South Slope Cooperative, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Urban Acres Real Estate and Veridian Credit Union. 

Explore the schedule at

News – City of North Liberty, June 29, 2023

North Liberty is a growing, thriving and young community. Proud to be a family-friendly small town in the heart of Iowa.

Illegal Fireworks Cause Fires, Injuries. Users Face Fines

Even before July, illegally used consumer fireworks have been responsible for several grass fires and injuries in North Liberty, and led to citations. Using voluntarily provided doorbell video footage, the North Liberty Police Department identified a juvenile, who admitted to setting of the fireworks that set fire to the neighbor's grass. The 17-year-old has been…

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Parks & Recreation events and facilities continue to be affected by Air Quality Advisory

Iowa CityIOWA CITY -- Due to poor air quality, all outdoor Iowa City Parks and Recreation programs and events continue to be cancelled, relocated, or postponed on Thursday, June 29, 2023. Public events cancelled today include Party in the Park, Hydrant Party, and our Playgrounds Program. Attempts will be made to reschedule some programing and updates will be announced at a later date. Outdoor swim lessons have been moved indoors to the Robert A. Lee Rec Center and will occur at their usual times.

City Park Pool remains closed for the day. However, the pool at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center will be open from 1-4:30 p.m. for open swim. This is in addition to the facility's regular morning hours from 6:15-9 a.m. and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Morning and afternoon swim lessons have been moved indoors to the pool at Robert A. Lee Recreation Center. The pool at Mercer Park Aquatic Center is also operating at its normal hours from 6:15 a.m.-8 p.m. today.