Summer weather, fantastic food, family fun, and fabulous fireworks can only mean one thing in Northeast Ohio. It's time to celebrate the 4th of July, and, as always, communities across Northeast Ohio will be pulling out all of the stops to celebrate this special day. You're sure to find a great place to celebrate July 4th close to home, and many local events include so much to see that they're spread across multiple days. Get ready to celebrate Independence Day with these eight amazing July 4th events around Northeast Ohio.
The fun starts early in Bay Village, with the Bay Days 2022 Festival kicking off on June 30 and lasting all the way until the big day on July 4. There will be live music from a different band every night at the park gazebo, along with a Classic Car Cruise-In with live DJ, a Vintage Baseball Game featuring two local club teams, and a Children's Bike, Trike & Wagon Parade. Throughout the festival, attendees can also enjoy carnival rides, delicious food from local vendors, and informative booths from community organizations. It's all capped off by the Gala Fireworks Display, which takes place after dark on the 4th of July.
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The Avon Lake Independence Day Celebration, Concert & Fireworks begins at 5:30 pm on Friday, July 1 and lasts until the fireworks light up the sky late in the evening. In between, you'll enjoy an on-stage Independence Day Celebration, along with live performances from Anne E. Dechant, Seeing Scarlet, and a Dave Matthews Tribute Band. Some of your favorite local food trucks will be there all evening to provide outstanding meals, with Jones Bones BBQ, Off the Griddle, Fired Up Tacos, Cathy's Cle & Kona Ice, and Kountry Krunchins among the food trucks set to appear at the celebration.
For a full day of fun on the 4th of July, try a trip to the Valley City 4th of July Parade, Car Show, Music & Fireworks celebration at Mill Stream Park. Begin your day with the 4th of July Parade, which travels down State Route 303, West River, School Street, and Maple Street before ending at Mill Stream Park. Then stick around at the park for the Classic Car Show in the afternoon while enjoying some great concessions for lunch. The evening features a live performance from Soundcheck, followed by a wonderful fireworks display after dusk.
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Held on the large lawn in front of Hoover High School, the North Canton Community Celebration & Fireworks Display is packed with fun for the whole family. It all starts at 5:30 PM when the food vendors, face painting stations, and children's activities open for the evening. The Scenic Route will be taking the stage a bit later in the evening, playing all of the hits from the past five decades in a free outdoor concert. Of course, you won't want to miss the fireworks display, which takes place shortly after the band leaves the stage.
Looking for a healthy, fun way to start your July 4th celebrations? The Aurora July 4th Fun Run, Parade, Festival & Fireworks starts early in the morning with a 5k fun run with awards for the top three finishers in every age bracket from kids to seniors. The July 4th Parade starts after the fun run is complete, followed by the Festival & Grand Marshall Celebration, which lasts all afternoon into the evening, and the fireworks display, which kicks off after dusk.
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One of Northeast Ohio's largest July 4th celebrations takes place in New Philadelphia, where the 45th annual First Town Days Festival, Parade & Fireworks features five days packed with events from morning through evening. Whether you're interested in a Fishing Derby, Frog Jumping Contest, Turtle Races, Wiffleball Tournament, or some more conventional Independence Day fun, you're sure to find it during this festival. Events take place throughout New Philadelphia, with many of the biggest attractions being located at Tuscora Park.
The Orrville Fire in the Sky 4th of July Celebration is part carnival, part softball tournament, and all family fun. The softball tournament is a major attraction, with three days of games at Orr Park to crown a champion. While the tournament is happening, visitors of all ages can enjoy a free carnival featuring food, carnival games, and rides that the kids are sure to love. It all wraps up on the evening of July 3 with one of the biggest fireworks displays in Northeast Ohio.
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Always one of the most anticipated events of the summer in Akron, the Rib, White & Blue Festival is a four-day event focused on fantastic food and live music. There will be a free concert during every night of the festival at Lock 3 in downtown Akron, with Monica Robbins & The Whiskey Kings, Bruce in the USA, Georgia Players Guild Best of Queen, and Creedence Relived all taking the stage on separate nights. The fireworks in Akron take place after the conclusion of the Rubberducks game on July 4, and Lock 3 offers great views of the display.
Where will you celebrate the red, white, and blue this July?
Photo courtesy of Civitan Club of North ColumbusFor over 62 years, the Civitan Club of North Columbus has been providing opportunities for local musical groups to showcase their talents in the park. This season, head out to the picturesque gazebo in Whetstone Park of Rose every Sunday to enjoy the best live performances the north Columbus area has to offer. The event is completely free each week and promises a fun-filled evening complete with free snow cones! When: June 1, 3-11 p.m. Where: Columbus Commons Come out to the Columbus Commons and watch some of your favorite R&B and hip hop artists perform live on the amphitheater stage! Before you settle in to listen to some great music, make sure to visit some of the food trucks located throughout the park that will be serving mouth-watering dishes. Proceeds will go to support the 22nd Foundation, a charity organization that exposes and educates low-opportunity youth to diverse sports options as well as a healthy lifestyle. Get your ticket before they're gone! When: June 2, July 7 and August 4, 7-8:30 p.m. Where: Sycamore Creek Park Amphitheater, Pickerington Join the City of Pickerington during their popular summer concert series this season! They'll be hosting this special event on three Sundays throughout the summer featuring fantastic musical acts like Chris Logsdon, the British Invasion and Motown Sounds of Touch. So grab your blanket and chairs and enjoy a warm summer evening at the beautiful Sycamore Creek Park Amphitheater! When: June 2-July 28 | Sundays, 6:30 p.m. Where: John F. LaCorte Amphitheater, Whitehall This summer, visit the John F. LaCorte Amphitheater in Whitehall every Sunday for a fun, festive live music event! Enjoy fantastic bands like the John Schwab Band, Reaganomics and Mojoflow, just to name a few. No matter what type of music you enjoy — punk, jazz, rock or R&B — there's a performance just for you happening in Whitehall this season! When: June 8, July 13, August 10 & September 14, 11 a.m. Where: The Topiary Park, Columbus Introduce your little ones to jazz and American music at this special family-friendly concert series! Featuring some of Columbus' finest musicians and ensembles and a complimentary peanut butter and jelly sandwich at the door — downtown Columbus' PBJ & Jazz events are the perfect way to spend a summer morning with your family! When: June 9-July 28 | Sundays, 7 p.m. Where: The Scioto Park Amphitheater, Dublin
Photo courtesy of the Dublin Arts CouncilSundays at Scioto concerts are a popular Dublin event that has been around since 1983 when Scioto Park opened to the public. This annual event showcases local and regional performing artists from all walks of music — from pop, country and rock to traditional Celtic music. Make sure to get there ahead of time to find your perfect spot and to get a good look at Leatherlips, the breathtaking sculpture in the heart of the park. When: June 20, July 18 and August 15, 6 p.m. Where: Ohio Village, Columbus Get a taste of Ohio history this summer at Ohio Village! This recreated 19th-century community is hosting three special musical events this season, all featuring fantastic local performers, food trucks and more. Explore Ohio Village, play old-fashioned games on the village green and try out some crafts — the possibilities are endless! When: June 21 & July 19, 6:30 p.m. Where: Stradley Park, Canal Winchester
Photo courtesy of Canal Winchester StaffThis free summer concert is held on the third Friday of June and July and features live music and plenty of family-friendly activities! This year, head out to Stradley Place in downtown Canal Winchester for a spectacular lineup of local musicians. On June 21, enjoy watching Jack Fox & The County Line Band and let the kids explore tractors and other professional vehicles at the Touch-A-Tractor activity. On July 19, listen to the sounds of the Gas Pump Jockeys while perusing cars at the Cruise-In Car Show! When: June 22- July 27 (Excluding July 20) | Saturdays, 6 p.m. Where: Alum Creek Amphitheater, Westerville Jazz in Westerville is back once again and bringing with it the same great music and entertainment. Visit the Alum Creek Amphitheater on Saturdays this season and enjoy free shows, food trucks and plenty of fun! When: July 19-22, 11 p.m. Where: Bicentennial Park & Genoa Park, Columbus
Photo courtesy of the Columbus Recreation and Parks DepartmentTwo words: jazz and ribs — need we say more? This highly anticipated summertime event offers a little something for both jazz and rib connoisseurs, providing the Columbus area with the best of both. Plus, this unique festival is held along the Scioto Mile; this revitalized downtown riverfront provides the perfect location for hot ribs and cool jazz. When: July 20, 12 p.m. Where: Express Live!, Columbus See all of your favorite alternative bands in one place! Come see bands like Mayday Parade and the Main at Express Live! in the Arena District of Columbus. If you're interested in attending this "sad" festival — click here to get your tickets! When: July 12, July 26, August 2 and August 9, 8 p.m. Where: Water's Edge Park at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and the Jazz Arts Group are teaming up to bring you a unique summer event this season! Head out to Water's Edge Park at the Columbus Zoo and enjoy some fantastic jazz, delicious dishes from local food trucks, and a cash bar. You can find this full, impressive lineup here!
Returning for its 18th year, the Great Lakes Burning River Fest is here once again to bring incredible live music, great craft beer and delicious food to the Cleveland waterfront. This year, the event will feature an impressive selection of craft brews from Great Lakes Brewery along with some live performances from plenty of remarkable bands. When: June 27-29 Where: Playhouse Square Cleveland might be known as the rock and roll capital, but we also happen to have some of the best jazz in the nation! The Tri-C JazzFest is even recognized as one of the most diverse jazz festivals in the country — and it's right here in Cleveland. Visit to watch the best jazz vocalists and instrumentalists around (past performances include Ella Fitzgerald, Sun Ra and Miles Davis!) along with some up-and-coming and established R&B, soul, blues and gospel acts. When: June 29 Where: Waterloo Arts & Entertainment District The 17th annual Waterloo Arts Festival will welcome over 40 local bands to the stage this year, along with plenty of local art vendors and some of Cleveland's best food trucks for you to enjoy. There will also be several interactive art experiences for all ages, so roll up your sleeves and get a little dirty, all while supporting this creative and unique community!
Photo courtesy of the Cleveland Garlic FestivalThere won't be a lack of flavor or smells at this unique festival in the heart of Cleveland! At the Cleveland Garlic Festival, enjoy delicious garlic-laden food along with Top Chef Grill Offs, the crowning of Miss Garlic 2019, live music, a bungee trampoline, garlic ice cream and so much more (including Garlic Man himself!). When: August 30-September 2 Where: Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds Head out to the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds this summer for one of the country's fastest growing and most authentic German festivals! At Cleveland Oktoberfest, enjoy live entertainment, plenty of German cuisine, fun costumes, and, of course, beer!