Coralville has grown in leaps and bounds in the almost eleven years I've been living here. During all that growth I'm happy to say it hasn't lost any of it's charm or sense of community. At this time of year you can definitely see that Coralville is built on hometown tradition. It's always been that way and this year's 4th of July celebrations are no exception.
The Independence Day celebrations begin today making this one long and fun weekend for all. Almost all of the celebrations take place at or around S.T. Morrison Park in Coralville. The event kicks off at 3.00pm on July 1 with the Carnival by Star Amusement with the Carnival opening daily through July 4 at noon.
July 2 you can enjoy a picnic dinner from 5.30 to 8.00pm at Morrison Park with grilled food from Hy-Vee available for purchase. There will be free entertainment from 6.00pm to 9.30pm with the Stars of Tomorrow Showcase when area talent performs for an opportunity to play in Nashville.
On July 3 bring those lawn chairs and enjoy two free concerts. The fun begins at 6.00pm with The Mayflies and their followed at 8.00pm by The Nitty Gritty Dirt band. (I actually remember listening to them in my youth... Oh dear, I think I'm giving away too much there!)
Of course the biggest day will be on the 4th of July when you can fortify yourself with a pancake breakfast at Northwest Junior High from 8.00am until noon in preparation for a busy, fun filled day. Noon is when the 4th Fest Parade starts. All day long there will be activities for families to enjoy and in the evening you can enjoy more free music followed by fireworks after dark.
For a more detailed list of activities for this 2010 - 4th of July weekend you can check out the schedule of events and parade map @ Coralville.org
Photos of downtown Coralville, including Morrison Park