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Ring in the Fourth of July with a bang

Cedar Boat Club fireworks canceled

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UPDATED: 3 July 2014 | 2:53 pm   ::  

Get ready for some red-white-and-boom at both ends of the Corridor.

The Cedar Boat Club usually lights up the sky over the Cedar River, near Ellis Park, on July 3. This year, though, the fireworks have been canceled due to high water. They'll use the fireworks on Sept. 6 for the previously planned Fireworks on the River event.

Friday night, though, will bring fireworks to downtown Cedar Rapids and Coralville.

In Cedar Rapids before the fireworks, Jamie Lynn Spears is bringing her boots to the Music on the River summer series at the McGrath Amphitheatre, 475 First St. SW, Cedar Rapids. With more than 100 songs in her catalog, her first single - "How Could I Want More" - was named a Taste of Country Critic's Pick. Spears began her entertainment career in "Crossroads," portraying the younger version of sister Britney Spears' character.

She moved to TV, appearing on Nickelodeon's "All That" and starring in "Zoey 101." She's since found her voice in country music, and her Cedar Rapids audience will have a prime seat to her blossoming career, as well as the Celebration of Freedom fireworks. Tickets are $15 to $50.

For those that don't attend the concert, with a $3 Freedom Festival button, there's seating on Second and Third avenue bridges. Before the fireworks there will be food, strongman record attempt, drawings for Harley-Davidson motorcycle and Mexico trip. Soft-sided coolers allowed. All other seating downtown is free. No grilling, fireworks or alcohol are allowed on the ramp rooftops; no pets, sparklers, firecrackers or other fireworks allowed anywhere near the downtown fireworks.

The fireworks will last from approximately 9:45 to 11 p.m.

In Coralville, the community's annual 4thFEST features a carnival, entertainment, food, free concerts, a patriotic parade and fireworks. Most activities are anchored in S.T. Morrison Park, 1513 Seventh St., including the free concert by Jefferson Starship on July 3. The Recliners kick off the music at 6:30 p.m., followed by the headliners at 8 p.m. The band descended from Jefferson Airplane and still performs the psychedelic sounds of "Somebody to Love," "White Rabbit" and other timeless hits. At 10 a.m. July 4, the annual parade will slide through town, then the action goes back to the park until the fireworks finale at dark. The carnival continues there through July 5.

Get another firework fix on July 5 when Iowa City closes its annual Jazz Festival with a bang.

The festival starts on July 3 with the main stage in front of Old Capitol. There's also side stages, artists, Culinary Row and FUN Zone adjacent on to Pentacrest on Clinton Street and Iowa Avenue. Admission is free.

The festival held rain or shine; events canceled only in case of high winds or lightning.

The fun starts at 4 p.m. The music on the mainstage starts at 5 p.m. with United Jazz Ensemble. At 7 p.m. Jared Gold Trio follows, then at 9 p.m. is The Pedrito Martinez Group. The festivals starts at noon on Friday. Music on the main stage starts at 3 p.m. with North Corridor All-Star Jazz Band, followed by Nordic Connect at 5 p.m., Etienne Charles Creole Soul at 7 p.m. and Joe Lovano Us Five at 9 p.m.

It starts at noon on Saturday as well. Prior to the fireworks, the main stage starts at 2 p.m. with The Commons Collective, followed by Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio at 4 p.m., Anat Cohen Quartet at 6 p.m. and Tom Harrell Colors of a Dream (with Johnathan Blake, Wayne Escoffery, Ugonna Okegwo, Jaleel Shaw and Esperanza Spalding) at 8 p.m..

The firework finale is at 9:30 p.m.

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