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With the Fourth of July well on its way, we've put together a list of 13 locations in and around Cleveland where you can catch fireworks and more this Independence Day.
Light Up the Lake
Flats East Bank
Celebrate Fourth of July in downtown Cleveland with Cleveland Alliance's free firework display over Lake Erie. Shot off from Dock 20, you can view these works from locations across the East and West Banks. Viewing locations include: Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica Boardwalk, Music Box Supper Club, Shooters on the Water, Superior Viaduct, Wendy Park, Whiskey Island, Flats East Bank Boardwalk, Settlers Landing, Margaritaville, Punch Bowl Social Rooftop patio, Lago Veranda Viewing, Flats East Bank Restaurant Venues, North Coast Harbor, Voinovich Bicentennial Park, Edgewater Beach, Kirtland Park.
Rock n' Boom
601 Erieside Ave
Watch fireworks like a sailor from the deck of steamship William G. Mather at the Great Lakes Science Center's Rock n' Boom event. Feel free to bring chairs and blankets to sit on while you watch the explosions. You might also want to pack some snacks or BYOB, as food and drinks are available at an additional cost. Tickets are $16 for general admission and $13 for members. (Members can call 216-621-2400 for discounted pricing.) Fireworks start at 8 p.m.
Goodtime III 4th of July Fireworks Cruise
825 E 9th St North Coast Harbor
Dinner, fireworks, dancing. If this sounds good pretty good to you, step aboard the Goodtime III for an evening cruise featuring music from Fank & Dean, DJ entertainment, an eight-course meal, dancing and, of course, plenty of fireworks. Prices range from $35 to $91 depending on inclusion of dinner and deck-level viewing. Boarding begins at 6:00 p.m. with dinner or 8:30 p.m. without dinner. The cruise runs until 11:30 p.m. Reservations are required.
Lakewood 4th of July Parade and Fireworks
This three-part Independence Day celebration includes a morning parade (10 a.m.), followed by a 7 p.m. performance by Lakewood High School’s Youth Rock Orchestra and ending with a fireworks display at approximately 9:45 p.m. Admission is free.
Light Up the Point
Cedar Point Beach, 1 Cedar Point Dr, Sandusky
Enjoy a VIP firework viewing experience at Cedar Point's Light Up the Point part. Featuring fireworks, unlimited food and beverages, a reserved beachfront seat, free 3D glasses, pie eating contests and more, this three-day celebration is sure to be one for the books. It kicks off Thursday July 4 and repeats Friday and Saturday from 9 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $35 for ages 13 and older and $25 for ages 12 and under. $5 off if purchased online.
Akron's Rib, White and Blue Festival
200 South Main St., Akron
Celebrate Independence Day with four straight days of festivities at Akron's 42nd annual Rib, White and Blue Festival from July 3-6. Events go daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. with live music every night, including a fireworks display at 9:45 p.m. following the show on July 4. Admission is free.
Berea's Grindstone Festival
85 South Rocky River Dr., Berea
Featuring fireworks, a parade, live music, paddleboat rides, games, a movie screening, inflatables, food venders and more, this three-day festival makes for a classic fourth of July celebration. Evens run from July 4-6 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m, with a fireworks display taking place over Coe Lake on Thursday July 4 at 10 p.m. Admission is free.
July 4th Cleveland POPS Concert & Fireworks
2475, 8600 Munson Rd., Mentor
This evening celebration begins at 7:30 p.m. with a concert at the Mentor Civic Amphitheater and ends at 9:50 p.m. with with a fantastic 25-minute fireworks display. Thursday's celebration will also include food trucks, but outside food and beverages are permitted (with the exception of alcohol or glass containers). Bring blankets and lawn chairs but leave your pets at home. Both admission and parking are free.
Lago July 4th Party
1091 West 10th St.
Stop by The Veranda at the Aloft hotel in downtown Cleveland for the 6th annual fireworks party by Lago Custom Events. Running from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on the fourth, this Independence day celebration features top-notch views of Cleveland's fireworks show along with classic backyard BBQ selections for dinner. Admission $5 at the door or a a cereal box donation to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.
July 4th Parade, Fun Run and Festival
109 West Pioneer Trail, Aurora
All day festivities kick off with a 1-mile/5K run at Bicentennial Park at 8 a.m. Next a parade will depart from the Heinen's in Barrington Town Square at 11 a.m. Following this there will be a festival from noon to 3 p.m. at Kiwanis-Moore Park. Post Road will then perform at the Kiwanis-Moore Pavillion from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. A fireworks display, including food trucks, will cap off the evening at the West Pioneer Trail baseball fields at 9:45 p.m. Free admission for everything except the morning race, which costs $23.
Strongsville Fireworks Set
16109 Foltz Parkway, Strongsville
Come out to the athletic fields near the Strongsville Municipal Office for the city's annual Fourth of July fireworks display. Bring a lawn chair or blankets to lounge on while you watch the show. Fireworks will shoot off at dusk, around 10 p.m. Admission is free.
Salute to America
1145 West Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls
Come for the music, stay for the fireworks. On July 3 and 4, Cleveland Orchestra's Blossom Festival Band is performing back-to-back shows featuring Broadway favorites, patriotic Sousa marches and more. If weather permits, both evenings will conclude with fireworks. Tickets range from $25 to $55.
Put-in-Bay Independence Day Fireworks
148 Delaware Ave., Put-in-Bay
Watch from the lawn of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial as fireworks are shot off of a barge in the downtown Put-in-Bay harbor. The sparks are set to fly at 9 p.m. Admission is free.
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