What’s still on for the Fourth of July?
Fireworks displays have been canceled this year in Zearing, Story City, Ames and Roland, but you can still catch a celebration nearby.
- Nevada: A flag-raising ceremony by the Nevada American Legion will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday in front of Nevada City Hall. A community fireworks display will happen Saturday at dusk at SCORE Park off 19th Street. No personal sparklers or fireworks are allowed at SCORE Park.
- Colo: Fireworks will be set off at dusk on Saturday at Twin Anchors Golf Course.
- Slater: A drive-thru candy grab will be from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Slater Fire Department, 3017 Main St. Virtual activities, including opening ceremonies, a raffle drawing and queen crowning, will take place throughout the day beginning at 10 a.m. on the Slater Iowa Community Club’s Facebook page. A community fireworks display will begin at approximately 10 p.m. at Grimm Park in Slater. (Rain date is July 5.)
- Adventureland Resort: The resort has reopened for the season, and patrons can enjoy the park’s activities as well as fireworks shows on July 3 and 4 at 9:30 p.m.
- Goodguys Car Show: Event runs July 3-5 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds with a fireworks show on July 4.
- Prairie Meadows Fourth of July: The hotel and casino will set off fireworks on July 3 at 9:45 p.m with live music beginning at 5 p.m. There will be a Festival of Racing on July 4 at 6 p.m.
What you need to know
Thinking about putting on a fireworks display of your own?
Before you set them off, here’s what you need to know to stay above the law as the Fourth of July approaches:
When are fireworks sold?
Fireworks can be sold in Iowa from June 1 to July 8 in permanent buildings and from June 13 to July 8 in tents and other temporary structures. They’re also sold during a short period around New Year’s.
When can I set them off?
Fireworks are allowed in the state of Iowa from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 1 through July 8 and Dec. 10 through Jan. 3. Hours are extended to 11 p.m. on July 4 and the weekends immediately preceding and following July 4. Other extensions are allowed around New Year’s.
However, regulations for recreational fireworks vary across cities, with some choosing to ban the use of consumer fireworks altogether.
What happens if I break the rules?
Fireworks violations are punishable by fines ranging from $100 to $650, depending on the city.