Looking for fireworks, parades or other Fourth of July holiday events? You have plenty of choices.
The night sky across Northeast Ohio will be lit up by the rockets’ red glare practically nightly as communities mark the Fourth of July.
Here is a listing of some of the celebrations happening across the region.
DAILY THROUGH SATURDAY
Jackson Township — Food concessions, games, children’s rides and free live entertainment at North Park, 7660 Fulton Drive NW. Fireworks at dusk Saturday.
FRIDAY TO WEDNESDAY
Akron — The Rib, White & Blue festival, South Main Street between Bowery and State streets, and Lock 3 Park next to Civic Theatre. Concerts, children’s rides, inflatables and food concessions, including barbecue vendors. Free admission. Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day. Fireworks at Lock 3 following the 122nd Army National Guard Band concert at 9:45 p.m. Wednesday. Friday concerts: Juke Hounds at 7 p.m. and Bruce in the USA, a tribute to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, at 8:30 p.m. Saturday concerts: Shivering Timbers at 7 p.m. and Won’t Back Down, a tribute to Tom Petty, at 8:30 p.m. Sunday concerts: The Rhythm Syndicate at 7 p.m. and Who’s Bad, a tribute to Michael Jackson, at 8:30 p.m. Monday concerts: TBA at 7 p.m. and Night Fever, a tribute to the BeeGees, 8:30 p.m. Tuesday concerts: Kerosene at 7 p.m. and Hotel California, a tribute to the Eagles, at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday concerts: Flashbang at 7 p.m. and the 122nd Army National Guard Band at 8:30 p.m.
Brunswick — Festivities at Brunswick High School campus, 3553 Center Road. Motor show, featuring cars and motorcycles, 1 to 10 p.m.; Relay for Life, 3 to 9 p.m.; and fireworks at 10 p.m. Rain date is Sunday.
Kent — Heritage Festival, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. in downtown Kent. Crafters, food vendors, children’s play area and entertainment on three stages, car show and Ducks over the Falls. Fireworks downtown at 10 p.m.
Portage Lakes — Boat parade at 1 p.m., starting at old Kieffer Marine location on East Reservoir and ending at Portage Lakes State Park beach, where the sand castle-building contest will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Fireworks at 10 p.m. from the state park. Rain date is Sunday.
TUESDAY THROUGH JULY 7
Orrville — Carnival midway with rides, games and food at Orr Park through July 7. Parade will step off at 7 p.m. Tuesday from North Ella Street. Fire in the Sky Fast Pitch Softball Tournament, Wednesday through Saturday. Fireworks about 10:15 p.m. Saturday.
Canton — The city’s Independence Day fireworks will take place at the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum. The Greater Canton Concert Band will perform at 7:45 p.m. until fireworks. The fireworks will start at about 9:45 p.m.
Hiram — Pre-fireworks concert with folk music from Steve Howell at 7:30 p.m. at Hiram College football field. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Massillon — City of Champions Independence Day Celebration, 5 to 11:30 p.m., at Tommy Henrich Drive Northwest. Free admission. Li’l Miss Liberty and Li’l Uncle Sam pageant for ages 3 to 7. Family activities, food and entertainment. Radio Active Band will be the featured act. Concludes with fireworks display.
Medina — Fireworks at dusk at Medina High School, 777 E. Union St. Rain date is July 7.
Wadsworth — Classic Car Cruise-In on downtown streets at 7 p.m. Vendors and entertainment. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Rain date is July 5.
Akron — Hereford Park in Highland Square neighborhood. Parade leaves the park at 10 a.m., follows North Highland Avenue and Casterton Avenue, then back to the park for popsicles and activities. Registration at 9:30 a.m. Prizes for best decorations and costumes.
Akron’s Castle Park neighborhood — Parade at 10:30 a.m. on Castle Boulevard, between Dartmouth Avenue and Garman Road. Registration 10-10:25 a.m., $1 fee. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and military veterans invited to march. Prizes for creative bikes, wagons and strollers, walkers and in-line skaters and best-dressed pet.
Alliance — Festival at Silver Park on South Union Avenue, 5 p.m. to dusk. Family Nature Hunt, 5 to 7 p.m. Alliance Independence Day history display, jump house and face painting. Juggler and balloon animals. Carnation Queen candidates will be introduced at 7:30 p.m. Food concessions will be offered. Music by DJ Greg Virden, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Fireworks at 9:45 p.m.
Aurora — 5K and 1-mile walk/run, Bicentennial Park, state Route 43 and East Pioneer Trail, at 8 a.m. (Registration at 7 a.m.). Parade starts at 11 a.m. at Barrington Town Square. Festival from noon to 3 p.m. at Kiwanis Moore Park. Food trailers will be open. Post Road will perform at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks at Pioneer baseball fields 9:45 p.m.
Fairlawn — Parade from St. Hilary Church parking lot, 2750 W. Market St., at 4:30 p.m., heading west on West Market Street, ending in the parking lot across from Summit Mall. Food trucks at Bicentennial Park starting at 5 p.m. The Mick & Rick Band will perform 5-7:45 p.m., followed by two-hour concert with Brass Band of the Western Reserve. Fireworks about 10 p.m. Free shuttle bus rides to and from Macy’s at Summit Mall to the park starting at 5:30 p.m.
Fredericksburg — Parade lineup starts at 9:30 a.m. at intersection of Fredericksburg Road and Graber Road. Ball games and food concessions will follow.
Hiram — Games and contests all day. Family activities and bike decorating at Hiram Christian Church, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Classic cars and fire department vehicle display, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Parade at 1 p.m. Community Band outdoor concert of patriotic songs at 4 p.m. Ice cream social and big-band dance with Garretttones from 8 to 10 p.m.
Medina — Parade at 4 p.m. from Medina High school parking lot, south on Spring Grove, west on Liberty Street and around the square.
North Canton — Two-mile walk/run at 8:10 a.m. and five-mile race at 8:30 a.m. at the North Canton YMCA, 200 Main St. N. Parade at 10:30 a.m. from Memorial Stadium parking lot off Seventh Street Northeast to North Main Street, south through the square to Harmon Street Southwest, and west to North Canton Middle School. Celebration in the Park near the stadium at 7 p.m. Live music, children’s activities and food vendors. Fireworks at dusk.
Spencer — Fourth of July Festival in J.B. Firestone Park. Parade at 3 p.m. starting at the Municipal Building. Festival at 4:30 p.m. with food, music, games, rides and entertainment. Fireworks at dusk.
Stow — Firecracker Run at 7:30 a.m. from Holy Family Church. Four-mile run and 3K fun run. Parade steps off at Stow-Kent Shopping Center on Kent Road at 10 a.m. and marches west, past Holy Family Church, ending at Park Drive.
Valley City — Parade steps off at 11 a.m. from the depot on Center Road and ends at Mill Stream Park. The antique car show and judging will follow. Entertainment all day at the park. The Litchfield Town Band will play in the pavilion at 7 p.m. Fireworks at dusk.
Wooster — Food vendors and other activities starting at 5 p.m. at the Kinney property at Burbank and Oldman roads and Ida Sue Soccer Field. Fireworks about 10 p.m. Ohio Light Opera Orchestra and Chorus Pops Concert at 7 p.m. in Public Square.
Hudson — Fireworks at dusk at Barlow Farm Park, 1965 Barlow Road. There will be no pre-fireworks event. Rain date is July 7. Free parking at Little Tikes, 2180 Barlow Road (no shuttle service), and JoAnn Fabrics, 5555 Darrow Road (shuttle service provided to the park).
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