Yes, coolers are allowed. Glass bottles are not allowed. Alcohol is allowed in city parks if you are at least 21 years old; open containers can not leave the park.
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To see a map of the 4thFest parade, visit www.coralville.org/4thFestParade.
Handicapped parking during 4thFest is available at the Recreation Center main parking lot, 1506 8th Street, which is the closest handicapped parking to the concert. This lot will be monitored. Volunteers will be in S.T. Morrison Park with golf carts to assist those who need a ride. There is also handicapped parking in the Coralville Community Aquatic Center parking lot, 1513 7th Street, and at Coralville City Hall, 1512 7th Street, with a hard surface path through S.T. Morrison Park that leads to the Recreation Center.
General parking is available in the Town Center Parking Ramp at the corner of 5th Street and 12th Avenue, in the Northwest Junior High parking lot (1507 8th Street), in the Coralville Community Aquatic Center parking lot (1513 7th Street), and on area streets as permitted. Some spots at City Hall (1512 7th Street) remain reserved for City Hall customers. Some street closures may be in effect beginning at approximately 9:00 am on July 4 and lasting until the parade ends.
The fireworks start on July 4th at 9:45 pm in S.T. Morrison Park.
ConcertThe concert on July 3rd is scheduled to go on as anticipated, rain or shine. The stage is covered to protect the band and equipment from the elements. An outdoor concert can still be held even if it is raining, so concert-goers should plan accordingly. Both band representatives and City officials closely monitor the weather conditions.
ParadeThe parade is scheduled to be held rain or shine. In the event of severe weather that has the potential to impact the public’s safety outdoors, parade organizers and City officials will determine if a delay is necessary. Both people watching the parade and those in the parade should plan accordingly and exercise their own judgement when deciding to attend or participate.
FireworksThe Coralville Fire Department will hold the fireworks as scheduled as long as the weather conditions make it possible. In the event of rain, there is the potential to delay until the weather clears enough to operate the show.
Sparklers are best used at your own risk on your own property under close adult supervision.
Loud noises like fireworks or concerts, being in crowds, and the noise and activity of a parade may be overwhelming, frightening, or stress your pet. Please carefully consider your pet’s health and safety before bringing your pet to 4thFest.
Know the leash laws: Pets must be leashed at all times unless confined by a tether or within the owner’s enclosed property. Pets cannot be tied to public property, or off-leash in public spaces, even with the owner present. If you take your pet to 4thFest, it must be on a leash, under control of an adult at all times, and current with its rabies vaccines.
Pets should always wear ID tags when leaving their owner's property. Always pick up after your pets.
If you are marching in the parade and are considering bringing your pet to be in the parade with you, please see "Animal in the Parade" at www.coralville.org/4thFestParade.
We're sorry, pop up canopies/tents are not allowed. Please do not put up anything that would block the view of the concert. Everyone behind you thanks you for your understanding! Please remember not everyone is able to stand and move to see around obstructions.
We're sorry, you may not bring your own grill to 4thFest due to safety reasons with the large number of people in attendance. Feel free to pack a picnic or grab a bite of food from one of the vendors in S.T. Morrison Park on July 3rd and 4th, and enjoy the festivities!
For the safety and enjoyment of all, the following are not allowed in the park during large special events, except under permit with event organizers:
Feel free to bring lawn chairs and blankets to S.T. Morrison Park. Make yourself comfortable for the free concert on July 3, activities in the park on July 4, and fireworks on July 4. Some people may choose to arrive early and set up chairs in the park to reserve a spot for the concert on July 3. Please be respectful of other people's spots. S.T. Morrison Park is a large park with plenty of room for concert seating.
Food vendors set up in S.T. Morrison Park on July 3 and 4. The vendor listing and times are available at www.coralville.org/4thFestEvents. Or, feel free to pack a picnic or bring a cooler. Check local restaurants for their 4th of July holiday hours.
Porta potties are available in S.T. Morrison Park (1513 7th St.) beginning the afternoon of July 3 and all day July 4.
City Hall (1512 7th St.) will be open for 4thFest information and restroom access on July 3 and 4 from 2:00 pm-8:00 pm. Times are subject to change and volunteer availability.
The Recreation Center (1506 8th St.) will be open with restroom access on July 3 from 8:00 am-8:00 pm, and July 4 from 11:00 am-8:00 pm.
Sound amplification is part of the annual 4thFest concert so that the thousands in attendance can enjoy the music. Residents close to the park may be able to hear the concert on their property. We recognize that while some neighbors love the free music, others may not view it favorably. The concert typically ends before 11:00 pm, and a sound permit is filed with the City each year for the 4thFest concert. All sound permits are reviewed the Chief of Police, Community Development Director, and City Clerk.
Typically the parade route streets close by one hour before the parade starts on July 4. If you need to go somewhere during the parade, plan to park your car on a non-parade street before then, and ask guests wishing to park in your driveway to arrive before the streets close. Parade-goers start lining up at the curb early, so set out your own blankets/chairs early too. Enjoy the front row seats!
A volunteer committee and the City of Coralville organize 4thFest. Financial support from the City, sponsors, donations, and a basket auction make the celebration possible.