Fourth of July Activities in Northeast Ohio

Fourth of July Activities in Northeast Ohio

Things to do for the Fourth of July in Cleveland, Ohio

Find things to do with your family to celebrate Independence Day, whether it’s a parade, fireworks or a local festival. Check out these great events taking place throughout the weekend and on July 4 in the greater Cleveland/Akron area.

June 28 – July 1

Jackson Township Community Celebration. Food concessions, games, children’s rides, and free live entertainment. Fireworks display at dark on July 1. North Park, 7660 Fulton Drive NW, Massillon, jacksontwp.com/communitycelebration.aspx

June 29 – July 3

78th Annual Independence Day Flea Market. July Fourth weekend is one of the busiest seasons for the flea market, which will offer great deals and bargains (no market July 2). Hartville Marketplace, 1289 Edison St. NW, hartvillemarketplace.com

June 29 – July 4

Brunswick Summer Celebration. Entertainment, rides, drawings, a Kids Corner, royalty and more. Grand Parade will take place July 2 at 2 p.m. Fireworks will take place July 1 at 10:30 p.m. Brunswick High School, 3553 Center Road, summer-celebration.com

June 30

Fourth of July Fireworks Show & Race. A fireworks show will take place following the late model, modified, street stock, and compact race. Gates open at 4:30 p.m., Race starts at 6:30 p.m. 3363 Clark Mill Road, Norton, barbertonspeedway.net

June 30 – July 3

Fourth of July Celebration at Clay’s Park Resort. Live entertainment, campground parade, block party, and firework display (on July 1). Clay’s Park Resort, 13190 Patterson St. NW, N. Lawrence, clayspark.com

June 30 – July 4

Bay Days Festival. Live music, Classic Car Cruise-In (June 30), kids activities, carnival rides, games, a children’s bike/trike/wagon parade (July 4), magic show (July 4), and more. Fireworks display at 9:45 p.m. on July 4 (rain date is July 5). Cahoon Memorial Park West, Bay Village, cityofbayvillage.com

Rib, White, & Blue Festival – Akron’s National Rib Festival. At Northeast Ohio’s largest Fourth of July rib festival, rib vendors from all over the U.S. compete for cash prizes and bragging rights. Fireworks display at 9:45 p.m. July 4 following a performance of The Akron Symphony Orchestra, beginning at 8 p.m. Free admission all four days. Lock 3, 200 S. Main St., Akron, lock3live.com

July 1

Hudson’s 4th of July Fireworks Display. 10 p.m., Barlow Farm Park, 1965 Barlow Road, hudson.oh.us

Kent Heritage Festival. Craft and food vendors, entertainment, car show, ducks over the falls, live music, fireworks, 5K run, children’s play area, and more. Fireworks will take place at dusk. Downtown Kent, kentbiz.com

Mayfield Village Independence Day Celebration. Live music and concessions, followed by fireworks at dusk. Free for village residents. 425 N Commons Blvd, Cleveland, mayfieldvillage.com

Portage Lakes Fireworks. 10 p.m. (Rain date July 2.) Portage Lakes State Park, 5031 Manchester Road, New Franklin, newfranklin.org

July 2

2017 Boom! Family zone, music by DJ Gaz, street performers, food trucks, fireworks, and a food drive. Activities 7-10:30 p.m. Fireworks at dusk. Great Northern Mall, 4954 Great Northern Blvd., North Olmsted, north-olmsted.com

Bainbridge Twp. 4th of July Event & Bicentennial. Live music, bounce houses, food, face painters, balloon sculpting, and safety and service vehicle demonstration. Fireworks at dusk. 6 p.m. Kenston High School, 9500 Bainbridge Road, Chagrin Falls, bainbridgetwp.com

Chardon Fireworks. 9-10:30 p.m. (Rain date July 3.) Chardon High School, 151 Chardon Ave., chardon.cc

July 2 – 4

Grindstone Festival. Rides and games, paddle boats, inflatables, touch-a-truck, parade (July 3), fireworks (10 p.m. July 4), and more. Free admission and parking. Coe Lake, Berea, cityofberea.org

Old Glory Day. Children’s parade (decorations provided for bikes, scooters, wagons, etc.) around the Square lead by Chardon Fire Department. After the parade, enjoy games, music, face painting, balloon animals, and a pie eating contest. 1-4 p.m. (Parade at 2 p.m.) Historic Chardon Square, chardonsquareassociation.org

Star Spangled Science. Themed activities and demonstrations, including Red, White and Boom Science Spectacular; Watermelon Explosion; Alka-Seltzer Rockets; BASF Kids’ Lab: Rainbow Connection; Light-up Duck Tape Wearable; and Build It Bonanza: Holiday Edition. Activities included with paid admission. Great Lakes Science Center, 601 Erieside Ave., Cleveland, greatscience.com

July 3

City of Champions Independence Day Celebration. Food, music, games, fireworks, and the Lil’ Miss Liberty & Li’l Uncle Sam Pageant. 5-11 p.m. Tommy Henrich Drive NW, Massillon, massillonohio.com

Fireworks at Lake County Captains Stadium. Watch The Captains play the Fort Wayne TinCaps. After the game, enjoy a fireworks extravaganza presented by Discount Drug Mart. 7 p.m. Classic Park, 35300 Vine St., Eastlake, captainsbaseball.com

North Ridgeville Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks. Party in the Park from 7-9:30 p.m., followed by fireworks at dark. South Central Park, 7565 Avon Belden Road, nridgeville.org

Red, White, & Boom! with Lake Erie Crushers. Celebrate the holiday with an extra big post-game show thanks to the City of Avon. 7:05 p.m. Sprenger Stadium, 2009 Baseball Blvd., Avon, lakeeriecrushers.com

July 3 – 4

Blossom Music Festival: A Salute to America. Blossom’s traditional, star-spangled celebration with the Blossom Festival Band features a mix of patriotic Sousa marches, Broadway favorites, an Armed Forces Salute, and more – plus fireworks. 8 p.m. Blossom Music Center, 1145 W. Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls, clevelandorchestra.com

July 4

4th of July Fireworks Cruise on the Goodtime III. Enjoy dinner, fireworks, and dancing. Tickets range from $63.95-$89.95. Boarding 6 p.m., cruise 6:30-11:30 p.m. Dancing and fireworks only, tickets range from $35-$55; boarding 8:30 p.m., cruise 9-11:30 p.m. Reservations required for both options. 825 E. Ninth St. Pier, North Coast Harbor, Cleveland, goodtimeiii.com

Aurora’s July 4th Festivities. The 1-mile & 5K Fun Run kicks off at 8 a.m., followed by the parade at 11 a.m. Festival in Kiwanis-Moore Park (noon-3 p.m.) features Jungle Terry, bounce house, frog jumping contest, games, carnival food, and food trucks. Fireworks at dusk. Parade steps off from Barrington Town Square and travels to Kiwanis Moore Park. Festival takes place in Kiwanis Moore Park. Fireworks will be at the West Pioneer Trail – baseball fields. auroraoh.com

Avon Lake Fireworks. Dusk. Weiss Field, 33401 Webber Road, avonlake.org

Bedford/Bedford Heights 4th of July Parade. 10 a.m. Parade starts in Bedford at Columbus and Washington Street, proceeds east on Columbus Road to Perkins Road, disbanding at City Hall. bedfordoh.gov

Fairlawn Independence Day Parade & Fireworks. Parade at 4:30 p.m.; fireworks at dusk. cityoffairlawn.com

Fun Before 4 on July 4th at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. Open until 4 p.m. Admission includes a starfish kids’ craft and a red-white-and-blue scavenger hunt for families. Free entry for active military and first responders with the presentation of appropriate ID; accompanying family members will be eligible for discounted admission. 2000 Sycamore St., Cleveland, greaterclevelandaquarium.com

Independence Day Game with Lake Erie Crushers. Come out and celebrate Independence Day in the afternoon! Plus, it’s “440” Discount Tuesday; purchase 4 tickets for $40 for Tuesday games and enjoy two tacos for $4! 2:05 p.m. Sprenger Stadium, 2009 Baseball Blvd., Avon, lakeeriecrushers.com

Lakewood Fourth of July Parade, Concert, & Celebration. Parade at 10 a.m. Afterward, festivities continue in Lakewood Park with games, food, activities and information from community organizations. The Lakewood Project, Lakewood High School’s Youth Rock Orchestra, performs at 7 p.m. Fireworks at 9:45 p.m. Lakewood Park, 14532 Lake Ave., onelakewood.com

Light Up the Lake. Annual Fourth of July fireworks shot off from Dock 20 over Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland. Several free viewing areas throughout the city. Check website for locations. downtowncleveland.com/events/lightuplake

City of Mentor Fourth of July Fireworks. 9:50-10:30 p.m. Civic Center Park, 8500 Civic Center Blvd., cityofmentor.com

North Canton July 4th Parade, Celebration & Fireworks. 10:30 a.m. Parade travels from North Canton Memorial Stadium west to Main Street, south on Main to Harmon, then west on Harmon, ending at North Canton Middle School. Community celebration at 7 p.m. with live music, children’s activities, and food vendors. Fireworks at dusk. northcantonjaycees.org

Rock and Boom. Celebrate Independence Day from the deck of the Steamship William G. Mather and watch Cleveland’s fireworks. Food and drinks can be purchased at the adjacent family-friendly beer garden. Bring chairs and blankets to sit. Cost is $16 ($13 for GLSC members) 8-11 p.m. Great Lakes Science Center, 601 Erieside Ave., Cleveland, greatscience.com

Stow Fourth of July Parade. 10 a.m.-noon. Steps off from the Stow-Kent Shopping Center. stowohio.org

Strongsville Fourth of July Fireworks. 10 p.m. Foltz Athletic Fields, 15001 Foltz Pkwy., strongsville.org

Westlake 4th of July Celebration at the Pool. Free games every hour: noodle race, silly tube race, watermelon eating contest, funny swimming race, tennis ball hunting contest. Awards will be given for each game. 1-4 p.m. Regular admission fees apply. Peterson Pool, Clague Road and Hilliard Blvd., cityofwestlake.org

Westlake 4th of July Parade. 10 a.m., steps off from Hilliard Blvd. and travels east to Clague Park. cityofwestlake.org

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  1. Please note that the information about Westlake, Ohio’s 4th of July parade, activities at Peterson Pool and the fireworks at dusk can be found at http://www.cityofwestlake.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=225

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