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To see a map of the 4thFest parade, visit www.coralville.org/4thFestParade.
Accessible ParkingAccessible parking during 4thFest is available at the Recreation Center main parking lot, 1506 8th Street, which is the closest accessible parking to the concert. This lot will be monitored. Volunteers will be in S.T. Morrison Park with golf carts, as they are available, to assist those who need a ride. There is also accessible 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. Use of parking spaces marked as reserved for accessible parking requires a state-issued disability parking permit or a disability license plate.
General ParkingGeneral 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 approximately 9:45 pm in S.T. Morrison Park.
The fireworks may be live-streamed on www.facebook.com/Coralville4thFest.
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. In the event of severe weather that has the potential to impact the public’s safety outdoors, band representatives and City officials will determine if a brief delay is necessary. Because of changing weather conditions, may be necessary to wait until close to the start time to make a decision.
ParadeThe parade is scheduled to be held rain or shine. Summer weather can be hot. Plan accordingly and use your own judgment when deciding to attend or participate. 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 brief delay is necessary. Because of changing weather conditions, may be necessary to wait until close to the start time on the day of the parade to make that decision.
In the event of cancellation, the parade will not be rescheduled. Hundreds of people volunteer to participate in the parade, so rescheduling the parade for a later date is not possible.
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.
NotificationIf in the unlikely event there are changes to the concert, parade, fireworks, or other main 4thFest events due to weather, information will be posted at www.coralville.org/news and www.coralville.org/4thFest as soon as possible. We will not be able to respond to individual messages asking about the weather.
To see a map of the 4thFest parade, visit www.coralville.org/4thFestParade. Seating along the route is first come, first served. For safety, always stay behind the curb when watching the parade.
Seating is not available on 22nd Avenue.
The parade may be live-streamed on Mediacom cable 118-8 in Coralville and at www.facebook.com/Coralville4thFest.
Do not light sparklers in S.T. Morrison Park. They are a safety hazard (sparklers burn hot enough to cause third-degree burns) and a fire hazard (especially when the grass is dry), and used sparklers left on the ground can cause injury when grass is mowed. 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 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.
Service animals are allowed.
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.
Items like pop-up canopies, tents, or large sun shades are not allowed during the performance. These could block the view of those behind you. Please be courteous; not everyone is able to stand and move to see around obstructions.
Event organizers may put up a canopy/tent for sound, video, or other support stations.
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 and performances in the park on July 4, and fireworks on July 4. Some people 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. Please do not set up items that block the view of other spectators.
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 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 4 from 9:00 am-9:00 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. While some neighbors love the free music, others may not.
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.
Noise is part of any fireworks display. Residents closer to the park may be able to hear the fireworks from their property. Some animals have a heightened sense of sound and may be able to hear fireworks from a greater distance than humans.
Wind speed and direction, humidity, air pressure, cloud cover, and barriers like buildings, hills, and trees impact how far away the fireworks can be heard. The fireworks typically start around 9:45 pm and may last 20 to 30 minutes. If someone in your household is sensitive to the sound of fireworks, please plan accordingly.
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.
Yes, they can. No animal shall be found at large within the City at any time. (City Code, Chapter 55.11)All dogs and cats over the age of four months are required by law to be licensed. Pets must wear the license tag at all times when the animal is off the owner’s property unless confined within an enclosed area of a motor vehicle. Officers use license tags to determine where the pet belongs, and help return them home.
If a dead animal is found in the road or in the right of way in Coralville, please call the Coralville Streets Department at 319.248.1740 for disposal.
If a dead animal is found on City property such as in a park or on a trail, contact the Coralville Parks Department at 319.248.1780. If the animal is in a timber area, it will be allowed to decay naturally unless it is adjacent to a trail or park area that is reasonably expected to be accessed by the public.
If a dead animal is found on private property, the property owner must move the animal to the curb; call the Coralville Streets Department at 319.248.1740 to pick it up.
If you find a dead animal with collar or identification or believe the animal is a pet, call the Coralville Police Department at 319.248.1800. Officers will attempt to locate the owner.
Off-leash dog parks provide excellent opportunities for exercise, socialization, and training.
Iowa City Parks and Recreation maintains two off-leash dog parks: Thornberry Off-Leash Dog Park and Rita's Ranch. Iowa City's off-leash dog parks are maintained by the City of Iowa City and were founded in partnership with the Johnson County Dog Park Action Committee. A dog park permit tag or day pass is required and dogs must have a current rabies vaccination. Learn about Iowa City dog parks.
A dog park is planned in North Liberty with land secured by the City of North Liberty and a partnership with the Johnson County Dog Park Action Committee. Learn about the North Liberty dog park.
If you are comfortable, speak with your neighbor. Some pet owners may not be aware that their neighbors can hear their dog barking. If it continues to be an issue, or if you do not feel comfortable speaking with your neighbor, contact Animal Control at 319.248.1800.
According to City Code (Code of Ordinances, 55.10), a noisy animal is considered a nuisance if it barks, bays, howls, or cries continuously for ten minutes or barks intermittently for a half hour or more, and the sound is audible across a residential boundary.
Community Cats, also called feral cats, are members of the domestic cat species that are usually not socialized to people and therefore not adoptable to live in homes. Coralville City Ordinance defines a “Community Cat” as a cat that is not owned, has been assessed by a veterinarian, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and has been ear clipped.
Community Cats are not owned by any person or organization. Also, Community Cats are neither owned by the City, nor a liability of the City. City ordinance allows residents to trap Community Cats, have them spayed or neutered, and then release them to where they were found. The approach is commonly known as trap-neuter-return, or TNR. Community Cats are sometimes provided continuing care by public volunteers.
An ear notch or a missing ear tip on a cat is what identifies a Community Cat that has been spayed or neutered. It also lets officers know that the cat is not an owned pet. “Ear-tipping” is performed by a veterinarian while a cat is under anesthesia for spay or neuter surgery.
No. All pets, regardless of age, must be leashed at all times unless they are confined within the owner’s property. Animals found to be at large, other than those deemed to be a Community Cat, can be impounded and the owner can be cited for having an animal at large.
Pet cats that are allowed to roam away from the owner’s property are considered "at large" and may be impounded. Community Cats that create a nuisance as outlined in Ordinance 55.10 as determined by the Chief of Police or designee, may be captured and impounded. If you need help with a nuisance feral cat, or cat at large, contact Animal Control at 319.248.1800.
The City ordinance allows residents to trap feral cats, have them spayed or neutered, and then release them to where they were found. The City will not be responsible for catching or returning Community Cats. A feral cat may be returned to the community if determines no one else owns it, it has been deemed healthy, and if it has been ear-tipped, vaccinated, and spayed or neutered. For more information, visit https://iowahumanealliance.org.
Yes. All fence installation requires a fence permit. To apply, complete a fence permit application and submit a basic site plan to the Community Development Department. The fence may be installed after approval of the permit and payment of the permit fee. Remember to contact Iowa One Call at 1.800.292.8989 at least 48 hours prior to digging so that underground facilities can be marked.
Complaints can be made through the City website, either with your contact information so you can follow the status of the issue online, or submitted anonymously. The City will review the complaint and, if it is about an issue the City handles, staff will review the complaint and inspect the issue. If upon inspection it it is determined that there is a violation of city code, the City will advise the property owner to make any needed corrections.
The Community Development Department accepts cash, check, and credit card for payment of permit fees.
A permit is required for sheds that are greater than 200 square feet in area. Storage sheds may be located in the rear yard only. Contact the Community Development Department at 319.248.1720 for more information about the proper shed location on your site.
No-impact home-based businesses are allowed in residential districts in Coralville only when certain criteria are met. Learn about no-impact home-based business requirements
A building permit is required to build a deck. To apply, submit the following to the Community Development Department:
The fee for the permit is based upon the project value and is due when the permit is approved.
No, you cannot throw out appliances or electronics during Mayor's Clean Up Week. They will not be picked up and do not belong in your trash.
Non-working appliances or electronics are picked up by appointment to be properly recycled. Schedule an appointment. Working electronics or appliances can be donated or reused.
Before leaving anything at the curb, see the list of accepted items or call 319.248.1740.
Due to space, we can not pick up large quantities of bulky items from each household. Mayor's Clean Up Week is a free pickup service for a large item that belongs in the trash, but not a roomful of items.
Please do not throw away usable items. If you want to get rid of something and someone else could use it, please donate or reuse it -- do not send it to the landfill.
Corrugated cardboard is banned from the landfill and must be flattened and recycled. Because high volumes of garbage are collected during Mayor's Clean Up Week, please take cardboard to the Coralville Recycling Center (212 1st Street) or any drop-off location in Johnson County
We're glad you asked! Always donate or reuse (or even sell) items that are still usable. See our list of places to donate items toward the bottom of the page. There are also local social media groups where you can donate or sell items.
Coralville also hosts a Recycle Swap Day each spring where Coralville residents can donate clean, working items that anyone can pick up for free, and a city-wide garage sale.Recycle Swap Day & city-wide garage sale
Mayor's Clean Up Week and Cart à la Carte are only for items that need to be thrown away and cannot be reused. Do not throw out things that someone else could use.
Parking is prohibited on the south side of east / west roads and on the east side of north / south roads. There are a few exceptions. Please refer to Chapter 69.08 of the Coralville Code of Ordinances. In addition, a police officer is authorized to impound a vehicle if it has accumulated three or more parking citations where payment of such is 30 or more days overdue. In addition to the penalties, the owner or driver of the impounded vehicle shall be responsible for the costs of towing and storage. This is addressed in chapter 70.06 of the Coralville Code of Ordinances.
You may also pay it in person at City Hall at the front desk. If you mail it, be sure to include the parking ticket and/or the citation number.
Please be sure your computer has a default email program set up for your operating system, or you've set up a default email client for your browser. If you're not sure how to do this, right click the "email" link to copy the email address for the staff person you'd like to contact, and paste the email address into your desired email program.
You can also mail it to the Clerk's Office with a check or money order along with the appropriate copy of the citation to: Clerk of District CourtTraffic Violation OfficeP.O. Box 2510Iowa City, IA 52244-2510
Or, pay the traffic citation online at www.iowacourts.gov.
The Police Department is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 7:00 pm.
Bicycles can be registered at the Coralville Police Department anytime during our normal business hours. This service is free for Coralville residents and you will need to have the following information with you at the time of registration:- Make and model- Serial number- Number of speeds- Wheel size- Frame type (single bar, double bar, female)- Color- Name, address, and phone number of licensee
City code (150.13) requires a minimum clearance of 15 feet over streets and 9 feet over sidewalks; in addition, limbs should not hang over the curb line.
The City inspects low-hanging trees and shrubs on a complaint basis, and leaves a “Code Compliance Notice” when trimming is needed. Property owners are given a date by which to correct the violation. For more information, please contact the Coralville Streets Department at 319.248.1740.
Grass/Weed Height: 10” MaximumAll property owners are responsible for mowing and trimming their property. The maximum height allowed by City code for grasses, weeds, and other vegetation is 10 inches. While isolated weeds tend to grow faster than grass between mowings, the height of the majority of the grass and weeds in lawn areas should not exceed 10 inches (garden plants and ornamental grasses are excluded).
Complaints & InspectionsThe City of Coralville inspects grass and weed violations when a nuisance complaint is reported. If a complaint is made, the City inspects and:
How to Report a Grass/Weed NuisanceComplaints of long grass and weeds can be made by contacting the Streets Department at 319.248.1740 or online at www.coralville.org/letusknow.
You must have a permit to raise and keep chickens in Coralville. No more than six chickens are allowed on the permitted property. All chickens should be banded.
No, roosters are not allowed. A permit is required to raise and keep chickens in Coralville, and only hens are allowed.
No, you may not keep chickens inside a single family dwelling unit. You must have a permit to raise and keep chickens in Coralville, and all chickens must be kept in an enclosure or fenced-in area at all times. There are additional requirements about the size and type of enclosure, where enclosures can be placed, and the materials used to make them.
You must have a permit to raise and keep chickens in Coralville. Keeping and raising chickens must not violate the restrictive covenants of the property.
If you live in a rental unit, you much have signed permission from the landlord as part of your urban chicken permit application.
Urban Chicken Permits are valid for a calendar year. Each permit expires on December 31. If you have an Urban Chicken Permit, you must renew it each year.
For an after hours water emergency, call 319.530.6225.
If you have questions about about a repair which requires shutting off water, during normal business hours call the Coralville Water Plant at 319.248.1770 or Utility Billing at 319.248.1715. For an after hours water emergency, call 319.530.6225.