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Posted on: June 21, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Celebrate Independence Day with Coralville’s 4thFest


Coralville'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

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