Fireworks Safety Tips & Where to See Them

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Fireworks are one of my favorite parts of summer! If you are wanting to set off your own fireworks in Cedar Rapids area this holiday season, Boom Boom Billy’s Fireworks in Marion (located at 901 50th Street in Marion, IA) is locally owned and cares about the safety and future of consumer fireworks in the state of Iowa. This will be their 20th year setting off the fireworks for Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival as J&M Displays, so they know fireworks! Boom Boom Billy’s is ready to help you with your fireworks questions and make sure you are able to find the fireworks that you are looking for.

fireworks in Cedar RapidsSafety Tips from Boom Boom Billy’s Fireworks:
Printable Version HERE.
    • Keep a minimum of 40 feet of spectator distance
    • Always purchase your fireworks from reliable sources
    • Follow label instructions & use common sense.
    • Always have close adult supervision & never give fireworks to small children.
    • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
    • Use outdoors only in a clear area away from buildings, vehicles, and shrubbery. Have water handy.
    • Never carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them in a metal or glass containers.
    • Wear eye protection and never have any portion of your body over the firework.
    • Don’t experiment with homemade fireworks & never attempt to re-light a firework.
    • Put ball into tube with flat end down and with fuse extending out of tube.
    • Launch rocket from a tube or rack!
    • Light only one firework at a time.
    • When using sparklers, please have a bucket of water nearby to distinguish.

    If you are not in to setting off your own fireworks, there are lots of places to see the sparkles in the sky all weekend long. Be sure to come early because most celebrations are more than just fireworks. Check out the websites linked below for information on concerts, food vendors, parades and all sorts of activities happening! Where do you plan to watch??

    July 2nd

    Iowa City City Fireworks
    9:30-10:00 pm; University of Iowa Pentacrest and Clinton & Iowa Ave. Intersection

    Waterloo Mayor’s Fireworks Waterloo
    5:00 pm, fireworks at 10 pm; Riverloop Amphitheater & Expo Plaza

    July 3rd

    Marion Fireworks & Fireflies
    6:00 pm, fireworks at dusk; Lowe Park Amphitheater

    Dubuque Fireworks & Airshow Spectacular
    Dusk; AY McDonald Park

    July 4th

    Cedar Rapids Celebration of Freedom Fireworks
    6:00-10:00 pm; Downtown Cedar Rapids on the 2nd Ave Bridge and McGrath Amphitheater

    Cedar Rapids Cedar Rapids Kernels Baseball Game
    Fireworks following the game; Kernels baseball field

    Coralville 4thfest Fireworks
    9:45 pm; S.T. Morrison Park

    On Spotify, listen to our 4th of July playlist to celebrate Independence Day!


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Jessica is a mom of four (3 energetic boys and 1 little girl) who moved back to Iowa after living eleven years in Phoenix, Arizona. Jessica is a former teacher and former co-owner of Scottsdale Moms who has spent time as a working mom, a work-from-home mom, and now a stay at home mom. Her favorite things are crocheting gifts for loved ones, spending mornings at local coffee shops with friends, getting outside for a family bike ride or run, and enjoying a good book.

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