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Posted on: June 12, 2018

Celebrate the 4th of July with Coralville’s 4thFest

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Coralville's 4thFest, an Independence Day tradition, is known for free concerts, spectacular fireworks, 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).


4thFest 5K

4th Fest 2018 starts with the annual 4thFest 5K run/walk on Saturday, June 30 at 8:00 am, followed by a free Firecracker Kids Mini-Marathon (26.2 yards) for children up to age 8 at 8:45 am. Both events start near the Coralville Recreation Center (1506 8th Street). Advance or same-day registration is required for the 5K. For more information, call the Recreation Center at 319.248.1750 or visit www.coralville.org/4thFest5K.


Food & Booths

Vendors feature a variety of food and goods in S.T. Morrison Park beginning July 3 at 2:00 pm, and July 4 at noon.


Free Concerts

Bring blankets and lawn chairs to S.T. Morrison Park for two free concerts on Tuesday, July 3:

  • Kevin Burt, 6:30 pm: For more than 25 years, Kevin Burt has been electrifying audiences throughout the Midwest. Kevin is a self-taught musician—vocals, harmonica, and guitar—who is the 2018 winner of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, sweeping all Solo/Duo categories as Most Promising Acoustic Artist, the Lee Oskar Top Harmonica Player, and Winner of the Solo-Duo International Blues Challenge, earning him the title of “Top unsigned solo Blues artist in the world,” according to the National Blues Foundation.
  • Rick Springfield, 8:00 pm: As the creator of some of the finest power-pop of the ‘80s, this Grammy winning singer, songwriter, and musician has sold 25 million albums and scored 17 U.S. Top 40 hits, including “Jessie’s Girl,” “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “An Affair of the Heart,” “I’ve Done Everything for You,” “Love Somebody,” and “Human Touch.” Springfield is also an accomplished actor who was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2014. Springfield’s latest album, The Snake King, finds him travelling down a dusty dirt road to explore the blues side of his rock ‘n roll.


Carnival

The 4thFest carnival opens Tuesday afternoon, July 3, and continues through Saturday, July 7, in the Coralville Community Aquatic Center parking lot (1513 7th Street). Tickets can be purchased at the gate. Operated by Superior Carnival.


Pancake Breakfast

Begin the 4th of July with the annual Corridor Kiwanis Club pancake breakfast at Northwest Junior High (1507 8th Street) from 7:00 am to 10:00 am. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the door, or in advance at the Coralville Recreation Center, Copyworks, and from any Corridor Kiwanis member. Sponsored by Corridor Kiwanis. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/CorridorKiwanisClub.


Parade

The 36th annual 4thFest parade begins on July 4 at 10:00 am with a two-mile route that starts and ends at the corner of 9th St. 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 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 from the corner of 9th Street and 22nd Avenue north to the GEICO/McGregor's driveway; parade entries use this section of 22nd Avenue to line up to enter the parade.


Community Events

The 4th of July includes a variety of events, including free performances, activities, games, bouncy house, and free face painting in S.T. Morrison Park in the afternoon; and bingo at the S.T. Morrison Park Hilltop Shelter, courtesy of the American Legion.


Concert & Fireworks

To close the 4th of July, the Iowa City Community Band performs at 8:30 pm, and the day ends with a spectacular fireworks display at dark in S.T. Morrison Park.


Learn More

Times and events are subject to change. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit www.coralville.org/4thFest.


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