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Akron, Ohio Fireworks and Fourth of July Activities 2011

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This article is for 2011.  See our 2013 Akron Area Fireworks List.

There are many Fourth of July Activities for your family in the Akron, Ohio and NE Ohio area for 2011. If you are looking for a fireworks, parades, festivals, and other Fourth of July Independence Day Events, this is the list for you!

Pick one or two and have fun with your family and be safe this Independence Day in Akron, Ohio!

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The below are listed by date, and some events span multiple dates.

Rib, White and Blue! Akron’s National Rib Festival July 1 – July 4, 2011

The Akron Rib, White and Blue! Akron’s National Rib Festival runs July 1 – July 4, 2011. Admission is FREE into Lock 3 all 4 nights! For additional fee, enjoy Red Hot Rides & Amusing Amusements with fair style rides on Main Street and the inflatable jumpers inside Lock 3. The Magical-Train returns again this year to give rides along the towpath and through the park.

Rib, White and Blue! Akron’s National Rib Festival Entertainment Schedule

July 1

The Satisfiers 7pm – 8pm

Bad Medicine, A Tribute to Bon Jovi 8:30pm – 11pm

July 2
Alex Bevan 3:30pm – 5pm

Mo’ Mojo 5:30pm – 8pm

Bruce In the USA, The World’s #1 Tribute to Bruce Springsteen 8:30pm – 11pm

July 3
Big House, A Tribute to The Allman Brothers 5:30pm-8pm

Second Helping, A Salute to Lynyrd Skynyrd 8:30pm – 11pm

July 4
River City Jazz Band 3pm-5pm

Brass Band of the Western Reserve
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Akron Symphony Orchestra
8pm – 9:30pm

Orrville Ohio Firefighters Independence Day Celebration Carnival  June 29 – July 3, 2011

Orrville Firefighters Independence Day Celebration Carnival at Orr Park – the carnival includes amusement rides from Bates Amusement, Inc., carnival games, and great carnival food.  The carnival will open at 12:00 noon and close at 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29 – July 3, 2011.

8th annual “Fire in the Sky” Girls 14u ASA Fast Pitch Softball Tournament – Tournament play will continue starting at 8:00 a.m. on at Orr Park on Mizer Field, the Back Diamond, fields #1 & #2, and limited play on the diamond at the Orrville Christian Church on Elm Street.  The tournament championship game will start at approximately 8:00 p.m. on Mizer Field

Orr Park, 400 North Elm Street Orrville, Ohio

Orrville Ohio Firefighters Independence Day Celebration Parade  June 29, 2011

Orrville Firefighters Independence Day Celebration Parade is on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 7 pm. Parade line up starts at North Ella Street. Rain Date June 30, 2011.

City of Independence Ohio Fireworks on July 1, 2011

The City of Independence Ohio Fireworks will be on July 1, 2011 at Elmwood Park.

Hudson Ohio Fireworks on July 2, 2011

Proud of Hudson fireworks will be on  Sat, July 2, with a rain date of Sunday, July 3. The show will take place on the grounds of Barlow Farm Park.  The theme for this year’s fireworks campaign is “Proud to be American. Proud to be in Hudson.” This is fitting because Fourth of July fireworks are more than an American tradition; they are a long-standing Hudson tradition.

Kent Ohio Fireworks and Kent Heritage Festival on July 2, 2011

The Kent Ohio Fireworks and Kent Heritage Festival will be on July 2, 2011. This annual, all day celebration features the Jeff Graham Memorial Fireworks, Kent Historic Train Rides (sponsored by the Kent Chamber), Ducks over the Falls, Live music and entertainment all day on three stages, 5K & 10 Race & one mile fun run, Children’s Play area, well over 100 food and craft booths, and many more local displays.

Portage Lakes Ohio Night Time Boat Parade on July 2, 2011

Light Up The Lakes Night Time Boat Parade in Portage Lakes Ohio will be on Saturday, July 2, 2011 at 9:30pm.

Fairlawn Ohio Fireworks on July 3, 2011

Fairlawn Ohio Fireworks and Concert will take place on July 3, 2011 at Bicentennial Park located on South Smith Road.  and Fourth of July Parade

The annual free outdoor concert will feature a two hour performance by the Brass Band of the Western Reserve beginning at 8:00 pm followed by a brilliant fireworks display beginning around 10:00 pm.

The Peterman Bus Company will be running free shuttles to and from Summit Mall to Bicentennial Park in Fairlawn to ease parking and traffic congestion. The shuttle may be picked up beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the east parking lot of Dillards. The Fairlawn City Women’s Club and Boy Scout Troop 380 will be selling refreshments during the event.

Wadsworth Ohio Fireworks on July 3, 2011

Wadsworth Ohio Fireworks will be on July 3, 2011 at Memorial Park, Ault St. off College St. This park has 47.8 acres; picnic tables and grills, three shelters, electricity, hiking trails, playground equipment, tot lot play area, restrooms, parking lot, park benches, softball field, two tennis courts, ice skating, sand volleyball, fishing pond. Plan to arrive early to enjoy the park.

Portage Lakes Ohio Fireworks on July 3, 2011

The Portage Lakes Ohio Fireworks display will be on Sunday, July 3, 2011 at 10pm.  and the show will be from Mason’s Point in Turkeyfoot Lake. The 25th Fireworks Show will Simulcast 98.1 WKDD. Raindate Monday, July 4, 2011

Portage Lakes Ohio Boat Parade on July 3, 2011

The Portage Lakes Ohio Boat Parade will be on Sunday, July 3, 2011 – 1 – 4 pm, Rain or Shine. Begins at Kieffer’s Marine, East Reservoir and ends at New State Park. For info call 330-644-2417.

Portage Lakes Ohio Sand Castle Building Contest on July 3, 2011

The Portage Lakes Ohio Sand Castle Building Contest will be on Sunday, July 3, 2011 – 2 – 4 pm at New State Park. Prizes: 1st $100, $75, $50
New State Park. For info call Sean 330-351-2525 or Dano 330-645-0880.

Orrville Ohio Firefighters Independence Day Fireworks July 3, 2011

Orrville Firefighters Independence Day Fireworks are on Sun., July 3, 2011 at at Orr Park, 400 North Elm Street Orrville, Ohio

City of Akron Ohio Fireworks at Lock 3 on July 4, 2011

City of Akron features the Akron Symphony Orchestra in a pops concert on Monday, July 4. American music classics begin at 3pm with the River City Jazz Band, and continues with the Brass Band of the Western Reserve. The Akron Symphony under the direction of Christopher Wilkins will perform with a grand fireworks finale inside Lock 3 at night.

Make it a weekend in downtown Akron! Click on the tab to view other attractions and lodging information for your family to enjoy while you’re visiting. Rib, White and Blue is free all 4 days making this a very affordable stay-cation. So come for lunch, dinner and rock out at night inside Lock 3!
foreworks at lock 3 at 9:45pm

Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls Ohio Fireworks and Salute to the USA on July 3, 2011

The Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls Ohio  Fireworks and Salute to the USA is on July 3, 2011 at 8pm. The concert concludes with Tchaikovsky’s “1812” Overture, a traditional Fourth-of-July ending. The Cleveland Orchestra offers up a program of patriotic music and audience favorites in this holiday weekend presentation. Tickets start at just $19. Under 18 are Free for Lawn Pass seating with paid adult ticket. Fireworks follow the concert, weather permitting.

Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls Ohio Fireworks and Stars and Stripes and Sousa Forever on July 4, 2011

The Blossom Festival Band performs at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls Ohio Fireworks and Stars and Stripes and Sousa Forever on July 4, 2011 at 8pm. Tchaikovsky’s “1812” Overture in a Fourth-of-July program featuring Sousa marches and some of Sousa’s own favorite classical works.  Plus rare, unpublished works from the Sousa Band Library, all conducted by the world’s foremost authority on John Philip Sousa and Cleveland favorite, Loras John Schissel.  Fireworks follow the concert, weather permitting. Tickets start at just $19. Under 18 are Free for Lawn Pass seating with paid adult ticket.

Fairlawn Ohio 4th of July Parade on July 4, 2011

Fairlawn Ohio 4th of July Parade stepping off at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 4 in front of Fairlawn Town Center. The Fairlawn Area Chamber of Commerce is the main sponsor behind bring the parade back to Fairlawn! The parade route heads west on West Market Street to Ghent Road and ends in the Dillard’s parking lot at Summit Mall where trophies will be handed out to floats, marching units, bands and novelty units.

Hereford/ Highland Square Parade on July 4, 2011

The Hereford/ Highland Area Block Watch will be on July 4, 2011 at 1pm. Children are encouraged to decorate their bicycles and scooters or create a float for the event. Prizes will be awarded for best decorations. Registration and lining up for participants will begin at 12:45 p.m. at Hereford Park. The parade will begin at 1 p.m.

Castle Park Fourth of July Parade on July 4, 2011

Castle Park area will host its annual Fourth of July Parade July 4 at 10:30 a.m. on Castle Boulevard. The parade will step off at the intersection of Dartmouth Avenue and Castle. Registration will take place from 10 to 10:25 a.m. There is a 50-cent registration fee for participants. Certificates and prizes will be awarded for the most patriotically creative in the following categories: Bikes and Trikes, Wagons and Strollers, Walkers and Rollerbladers, and Best Dressed Pet. All Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and U.S. veterans also are invited to march in the parade. Neighborhood residents are encouraged to line the sidewalk on Castle between Dartmouth and Garman Road for the parade. For details, call Lindsey Michel at 330-806-0468.

North Canton Ohio Fireworks and Parade on July 4, 2011

The Jaycees North Canton Ohio Fireworks and Parade is on July 4, 2011. The celebration begins with a parade — from North Canton Memorial Stadium to Main Street and downtown — at 10:30 a.m. The Celebration in the Park begins at 6 p.m. and ends with fireworks at dusk.

Stow Ohio Firecracker Run on July 4, 2011

The Stow Ohio Firecracker Run will be on July 4, 2011 from 7 – 8:30 am. 3K Fun Run & 4-Mile Run – You choose! Starts at Holy Family School, out and back along the parade route.

Stow Ohio Fourth of July Parade on July 4, 2011

The Stow Ohio Fourth of July Parade is on July 4, 2011 from 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM at Stow-Kent Shopping Center.  2011 Parade Theme: America: From Sea to Shining Sea

House of Rhythm Performs at Aurora Farms Premium Outlets and Aurora Ohio Fireworks on July 4, 2011

The House of Rhythm Performs at Aurora Farms Premium Outlets on July 4, 2011 from 7:30p to 10:00p  at Aurora Farms Premium Outlets, Aurora, OH
Enjoy live musical entertainment on July 4th evening and have a front row seat to the spectacular City of Aurora fireworks display. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the band and also enjoy additional savings at our July 4th Summer Sidewalk Sale.

Aurora Farms Premium Outlets, 549 S. Chillicothe Rd. Aurora, OH 44202

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Red, White & Zoo Holiday on July 4, 2011

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo “Red, White & Zoo” holiday is on July 4 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the zoo will feature holiday-themed animal enrichment demonstrations. Throughout the day, animal keepers will prepare red, white and blue treats for some of the zoo’s animals, including primates, polar bears, seals and sea lions. Other highlights will include Professor Wylde’s Live Animal Show and giraffe feedings. Admission is $11 per person, $8 for ages 2 to 11 and free for children younger than 2 and zoo members. Parking is free. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way For details, visit clemetzoo.com or call 216-661-6500.

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