Independence Day is two short days away and one of the best parts of the holiday is fireworks. Fireworks at home or the neighbor’s house or in a park or campground are not legal, with the exception of sparklers and snakes. A bill in the Iowa House this past session would have expanded the sale and use of fireworks in the state to include cone fountains, bottle rockets and Roman candles, among others. It passed the House, but did not advance in the Senate. So you will have to wait until next year if you want to legally explode a cherry bomb or bottle rocket.
For a safe, fun and communal way to view fireworks, your can watch fireworks in Iowa City or a nearby town. On Friday, July 3 you can view them in Kalona: dusk at Shiloh Amphitheater or in Oxford: dusk at Creekside Park, but the majority of the fireworks take place on July 4. Here are the locations and times: Coralville: dark at S.T. Morrison Park, Hills: 9:05 p.m. at the Ballpark, Iowa City: 9:30-9:45 p.m. Hubbard Park (next to the University of Iowa Memorial Union), North Liberty: No display planned, but will have a hot air balloon glow at 8:30 p.m. July 11 as part of North Liberty Blues & BBQ and Solon: dusk over Lake McBride.
Have a great Fourth of July and if you do decide to shot off a bottle rocket or two, be safe out there.