Sunday, July 3
The British are coming! The British are coming — just in time to spark some Independence musical fireworks. The masses will be in for something good this time, when Herman’s Hermits headline the Coralville 4thFEST free concert Sunday night in S.T. Morrison Park. These British invaders, starring Peter Noone, brought such classics as “I’m Henry the VIII, I Am,” “Mrs. Brown, You’ve got a Lovely Daughter” and “There’s a Kind of a Hush” to our shores. The local Cedar Island Band will go to a more southerly shore to get everyone in a breezy Buffett mood before The Grass Roots rev it up with such hits as “Baby Hold On,” “Temptation Eyes,” “Two Divided by Love” and “Midnight Confessions.” Three bands for the price of none. Doesn’t get much more free than that.
Coralville 4thFEST concert: Herman’s Hermits
5:30 p.m. Sunday (7/3), S.T. Morrison Park, between Fifth and Eighth streets, Coralville; free; www.coralville.org/index.aspx?NID=421
Wednesday, July 6
Glen Templeton is a country boy for life, charging full-throttle into his singing career. The Tuscaloosa, Ala., native will kick off the Linn County Fair Grandstand events with a free concert Wednesday night. A singer-songwriter, he’s been honing his art in Nashville and on the road as Conway Twitty in a touring musical. His powerful words, music and vocal styles hearken to his early days listening to Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard and Twitty. Also rocking the grandstand are Saliva at 7 p.m. July 7 and John Anderson on July 8. Horses, hot rods, harness racing and tractor pulls round out the fun.
Linn County Fair: Glen Templeton
7:30 p.m. Wednesday (7/6), Linn County Fair Grandstand, Central City; free, but must have ticket from Farmers State Banks and other sites; www.thelinncountyfair.com/gs-ticket-info.html
Sunday, July 3
The Cedar Boat Club will be making a splash with its annual fireworks display shot over the Cedar River. Prime viewing is along the riverbanks at Ellis Park, where visitors can set up their chairs, buy picnic fare from the food vendors, catch the Five Seasons Ski Team in action and revel in spectacular fireworks at dusk. To the south, fireworks will burst above Iowa City on Sunday night, as well, bringing the Jazz Festival to a colorful close. The ooh and aah factor continues Monday in downtown Cedar Rapids, Coralville and many other Eastern Iowa towns exploding with patriotism on parade.
Cedar Boat Club Fireworks
5 to 10 p.m. Sunday (7/3), Cedar River and riverbanks at Ellis Harbor, Cedar Rapids; free admission; food vendors at 5 p.m., Five Seasons Ski Team show at 7 p.m., fireworks at dusk
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