There are many Fourth of July Activities for your family in the Akron, Ohio and NE Ohio area for 2012. If you are looking for 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.
Fairlawn Ohio Fireworks on July 1, 2012
Fairlawn Ohio Fireworks and Concert will take place on July 1, 2012 at Bicentennial Park located on South Smith Road and Fourth of July Parade is on July 4, 2012.
The Brass Band of the Western Reserve will perform the annual free outdoor concert at 8:00 pm. Fairlawn, Ohio Fireworks display begins at 10:00 pm.
Portage Lakes Ohio Boat Parade on July 1, 2012
The Portage Lakes Boat Parade will be on Sunday, July 1, 2012 – 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 1, 2012
The Portage Lakes Ohio Sand Castle Building Contest will be on July 1, 2012 – 2 – 4 pm at New State Park. For info call Sean 330-351-2525 or Dano 330-645-0880.
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Portage Lakes Ohio Fireworks on July 1, 2012
Portage Lakes Fireworks in Portage Lakes Ohio will be on July 1, 2012 at 10pm. Rain date is July 3, 2012.
Rib, White and Blue! Akron’s National Rib Festival July 2 – July 4, 2011
The Akron Rib, White and Blue! Akron’s National Rib Festival runs July 2 – July 4, 2011. Admission is FREE into Lock 3 all 3 nights! For additional fee, enjoy Red Hot Rides & Amusing Amusements with fair style rides on Main Street and the inflatable jumpers inside Lock 3. No mechanical rides will be offered this year. The Magical-Train returns again this year to give rides along the towpath and through the park for a fee.
Rib, White and Blue! Akron’s National Rib Festival Entertainment Schedule
The Get Back Band
7pm – 8pm
1964 The Tribute
8:30pm – 10:30pm
Zach and The Bright Lights
7pm – 8pm
Hotel California, The Tribute to The Eagles
8:30pm – 11pm
Brass Band of the Western Reserve
5pm – 7:30pm
Akron Symphony Orchestra
8pm – 9:30pm
For a complete list of Lock 3 concerts visit www.lock3live.com.
Hudson Ohio Fireworks on July 3, 2012
Proud of Hudson fireworks will be on July 3, 2012 with a rain date of July 6, 2012. The show will take place on the grounds of Barlow Farm Park.
Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls Ohio Fireworks and America the Beautiful on July 3, 2012
The Blossom Festival Band performs at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls Ohio Fireworks and America the Beautiful on July 3, 2012 at 8pm.
Enjoy Fireworks at Blossom Music Center after a concert of performed by The Cleveland Orchestra. Check site for pricing. Fireworks follow the concert, weather permitting.
City of Akron Ohio Fireworks at Lock 3 on July 4, 2012
Akron Ohio Fireworks festivities begin at 5:00pm on July 4, 2012 with a concert by the Brass Band of the Western Reserve. At 8:00pm Akron Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Christopher Wilkins, with Byron Stripling as “Satchmo” .
Akron Ohio Fireworks begin at 9:45pm at Lock 3 park.
Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls Ohio Fireworks and Salute to the USA on July 4, 2012
The Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls Ohio Fireworks and Salute to America concert by the Blossom Festival Band ison July 4, 2012 at 8pm. Check site for pricing. Fireworks follow the concert, weather permitting.
Fairlawn Ohio 4th of July Parade on July 4, 2012
4th of July Parade stepping off at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 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.
Stow Ohio Fourth of July Parade on July 4, 2012
The Stow Ohio Fourth of July Parade is on July 4, 2012 from 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM at Stow-Kent Shopping Center. For more information call Stow Parks and Recreation 330.689.5100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Kent Ohio Fireworks and Kent Heritage Festival on July 7, 2017
The Kent Ohio Fireworks and Kent Heritage Festival will be on July 7, 2012 from 9am – 11pm in downtown Kent. Crafters and food vendors will line Main, North and South Water, and Erie Streets, and three stages will be set up throughout downtown to provide all-day entertainment. There will be activities for all ages. There will be more than 130 vendor and businesses on display. Enjoy the 1st annual Kent Heritage Festival Car Show on College Street. At 7pm will be the AMETEK Tree City 5k run starting at the Dix Stadium. Kent Fireworks will begin at 10pm in downtown Kent, Ohio.
Just Outside of Summit County 4th of July Events
Below is a listing of 4th of July events just outside of Summit County, organized alphabetically by the city name.
Aurora Ohio 4th of July Fun Run on July 4, 2012
The Aurora Ohio 4th of July Fun Run is on July 4, 2012 at 8am. Race starts at Bicentennial Park at 115 E. Pioneer Trail.
Aurora Ohio 4th of July Parade on July 4, 2012
The Aurora Ohio 4th of July Parade will be on July 4, 2012 at 11am starting at Barrington Town Square.
Aurora Ohio Independence Day Festival on July 4, 2012
The Aurora Ohio Independence Day Festival is on July 4, 2012 from 12pm – 4pm.
Aurora Ohio 4th of July Fireworks on July 4, 2012
The Aurora Ohio 4th of July Fireworks will be on July 4, 2012 at 9:45pm at Pioneer Baseball Fields.
Brecksville Ohio Fireworks and Home Days on June 29, 2012 – July 1, 2012
Celebrate Brecksville, Ohio Home Days starting June 29, 2012 at 6pm with concerts and a silent auction.
On Saturday, June 30, 2012 is the Brecksville Dog Jog and Run Walk at 9am. From 9am – 12pm is the Pancake breakfast next to Old Town Hall. Kids activities from 4:30 -7pm. Concerts on stage from 1pm – 11pm.
On Sunday, July 1, 2012 the fun continues with a Family Run/Walk at 8:30am, a pancake breakfast from 9am – 12pm, kids activities from 3-7pm, and concerts on stage from 1:30pm – 10pm. The Brecksville, Ohio Fireworks are at 10pm.
Brunswick Ohio Fireworks and Patriot Party on July 3, 2012
The Brunswick Ohio Fireworks and Patriot Party will be on July 3, 2012. The Brunswick Ohio Patriot Party begins at the Rec Center on from 4-8pm for pool, dj, and sno-cones. The Brunswick Community band will perform from 7-9pm. The Brunswick Ohio Fireworks will be at 10pm. Rain Date is July 5, 2012.
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 11:30am to 3 p.m., the zoo will feature red, white, and blue enrichment treats for select animals. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way For details, visit clemetzoo.com or call 216-661-6500.
City of Independence Ohio Fireworks on July 3, 2012
The City of Independence Ohio Fireworks will be on July 3, 2012 at 10pm at Elmwood Park. Rain date July 5, 2012.
Medina Ohio Fireworks Festival July 3, 2012
The Medina Ohio Fireworks Festival is on July 3, 2012 at the Medina Community Recreation Center from 5pm – 11pm. Enjoy live bands, festival foods, carnival games, inflatables, balloon art, and contests. Medina Ohio Fireworks concludes the festival.
North Canton Ohio Fireworks and Kids Parade on July 4, 2012
The Jaycees North Canton Ohio Fireworks and Parade is on July 4, 2012. The celebration begins with the July 4th Kids Parade and Celebration in the Park. Parade is at 10:30am from parade — from North Canton Memorial Stadium and heads west to Main Street, south on Main to Harmon, then west on Harmon, ending at North Canton Middle School. The Celebration in the Park begins at 6 p.m. and ends with fireworks at dusk.
Orrville Ohio Firefighters Independence Day Celebration Carnival July 3 – 7, 2012
Orrville Firefighters Independence Day Celebration Carnival at Orr Park – the carnival includes amusement rides, carnival games, and great carnival food.
Fast Pitch Softball Tournament will be held July 5, 6, 7, 2012.
Orr Park, 400 North Elm Street Orrville, Ohio
Orrville Ohio Firefighters Independence Day Celebration Parade July 3, 2012
Orrville Firefighters Independence Day Celebration Parade is on Tuesday, July 3 at 7 pm. Parade line up starts at North Ella Street. Rain Date July 4, 2012 at 4pm.
Orrville Ohio Fireworks July 7, 2012
Orrville 4 of July Fireworks are on July 7, 2012 at at Orr Park, 400 North Elm Street Orrville, Ohio
Put-in-Bay Fireworks on July 4, 2012
Enjoy Put-in-Bay fireworks on July 4, 2012 at 10pm. Fireworks will be over the downtown harbor.
Wadsworth Ohio Fireworks on July 3, 2012
Wadsworth Ohio Fireworks will be on July 3, 2012 at Memorial Park, Ault St. off College St. Rain date is July 5, 2012. New this year: the stadium field surface will not be available for those viewing fireworks. Seating in the stands will be available.
Memorial 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.
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