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October 28, 2021

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Iowa City-area July 4th celebrations include fireworks, Jazz Festival

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After a long year of grappling with COVID-19, summer comes back to eastern Iowa with a bang. From Iowa City’s weekend Jazz Festival to Cedar Rapids’ month-long Freedom Festival, there are no shortage of places to celebrate this holiday weekend.

Iowa City Jazz Festival

Cory Wong performs during McDowell Mountain Music Festival on March 8, 2020, at Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix.

Summer of the Arts is back to in-person programming this year, meaning Iowa City’s two-day Jazz Festival returns for its 30th year. Along with it are subsequent annual events organized by the non-profit such as Blues Festival and the Iowa Arts Festival later in the summer.

Jazz Fest kicks off at 4:30 p.m. Friday with three performances on the Weatherdance Fountain Stage on the Pedestrian Mall in downtown Iowa City. The first performance comes courtesy of KCCK’s Schoolhouse Jazz, a group aimed at youth performances.

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