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Where you can watch fireworks this 4th of July & where they’re not allowed

(KWWL) -- Most 4th of July fireworks celebrations have been canceled this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic, however there are still some happening in Eastern Iowa.

In Waterloo, The Mayor's Independence Day Celebration is still on, but with some changes this year. The Waterloo Bucks are also still holding their fireworks show after their 4th of July game against the Mankato Moondogs.

In Coralville, a drive-in fireworks show will be held this year to allow for social distancing. The fireworks show will begin at 9:45 p.m. on Saturday at the Coralville Youth Sports Complex located at 2480 Dempster Drive.

If you plan to attend, you're asked to observe social distancing guidelines. No tailgating, grills, lawn chairs, blankets or amplified music will be allowed. All ball fields and soccer fields at the Youth Sports Complex will be closed. Restrooms and concessions will not be available.

  • Watch by car: Park at the Coralville Youth Sports Complex after 9:00 pm, or in other area lots that are open. Stay in or near your car at an appropriate distance from others. Dempster Drive is a “U” with two entrances from 12th Avenue. Enter at the north leg and take the first right into the Youth Sports Complex.
  • Watch by foot or bicycle: use the paved trail at the Youth Sports Complex. Follow social distancing guidelines. Watch for turning traffic and make sure you are visible in the dark.
  • Watch online.

Fireworks restrictions

Consumer fireworks aren't allowed in many areas in Eastern Iowa, like in Coralville for example. It's illegal to use any fireworks in Coralville, with
the exception of fireworks displays handled by insured operators and approved by City authorities. Violators face a minimum fine of $250 and can be held liable for damages they cause.

Novelty fireworks such as sparklers, snakes, or snaps remain legal. Although fireworks may be purchased in Coralville, they cannot be used in Coralville. If you buy fireworks, you must store them safely and securely according to the manufacturer’s instructions and guidelines from the National Fire Protection Agency.

To report a concern regarding the use of illegal fireworks, call the Coralville Police Department non-emergency line at 319.248.1800, provide the location and any additional information. Police will respond to fireworks-related calls as officers are available. Dial 911 only for emergencies.

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

The use of fireworks in unincorporated parts of Johnson County is also illegal without a permit from the County. A completed application should be provided to the Johnson County Board of Supervisors Office at least 14 days before the anticipated display.

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. You're asked to provide an address when reporting your concern. For questions about the local fireworks ordinance in Iowa City, contact Fire Marshal Brian Greer at 319-356-5257 or brian-greer@iowa-city.org.

In Dubuque, residents are reminded that the use of consumer fireworks is prohibited within the city. The City of Dubuque continues to allow the use of “novelty fireworks” such as party poppers, snappers, drop pops, snakes, and some sparklers.

Any violation of the City’s ordinance limiting or prohibiting fireworks will result in a simple misdemeanor with a fine no less than $250. Residents who wish to report illegal fireworks should call the non-emergency dispatch number, 563-589-4415.

For additional information on fireworks in Dubuque, contact Dubuque Fire Marshal Mark Burkle at 563-589-4161 or mburkle@cityofdubuque.org.

In Cedar Rapids, citizens are also reminded that the use of fireworks within city limits is prohibited. In 2019, there were 3 fireworks injuries reported at local hospitals.  In addition, there were 2 fire incidents caused by fireworks.

The Cedar Rapids Police Department is asking residents to respect their neighbors, families with young children and pets, veterans with stress disorders, and others who may be sensitive to loud noises by not illegally discharging fireworks within city limits. Officers will cite individuals who are caught illegally discharging fireworks. The violation requires a court appearance with a fine up to $625.

Although the discharge of fireworks in Cedar Rapids is prohibited, fireworks are allowed to be discharged on July 4 between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. in unincorporated areas of Linn County. Fireworks may only be used on the property owned by the person or persons using the fireworks, or with the property owner’s permission.

In Marion, the use of consumer fireworks is allowed within city limits on July 4 between noon and 11 p.m. Only those who are 18 years or older may purchase and use fireworks.

Fireworks can only be used on the user's property or on the property of someone who has given permission to discharge fireworks on their property. Fireworks can't be used in public parks. To report fireworks usage outside of these parameters, call the Marion Police Department's non-emergency line at 319-377-1511.

Trevor Oates

Executive Producer

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