Carissa Johnson is the executive director for the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival, a beloved annual event that draws hundreds of thousands of people to Cedar Rapids to celebrate July 4 with more than 70 events. As the festival’s youngest executive director in its 36-year history, Johnson discusses how she got to be where she is today.
While Iowa has a number of bustling cities and towns, the state’s rural counties have actually proven to be some of the most beloved locations. The limited light pollution in these areas makes them prime spots for stargazing. So, grab your binoculars or telescopes, and check out five of the best places to marvel at constellations in the state.