Last night my family and I went to Blossom to American Spectacular concert performed by The Cleveland Orchestra and the Blossom Festival Chorus. Afterwards, there was an impressive fireworks display! Go tonight or on July 4th for a great family fun time!
Attend the Salute to the USA Concert & Fireworks at Blossom Saturday, July 3rd & Sunday, July 4th
Salute to the USA at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, OH on both Saturday, July 3 and Sunday, July 4th 8:00 pm. The Blossom Festival Band, conducted by Loras John Schissel, performs patriotic holiday favorites, including a salute to the U.S. Armed Forces, Sousa marches, and Tchaikovsky’s “1812” Overture. The All-American Cookout begins 2 1/2 hours before the concert and fireworks following the concert, weather permitting.
Price: $43 box seats; $32, $27, $19; $19 lawn
Children ages 12 & under are free on lawn with an adult ticket. Pavilion tickets for children ages 12 and under are half the adult price.
Phone: (216) 231-1111; (800) 686-1141
Blossom Music Center
1145 W. Steels Corners Rd.
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223
Our family experience at Blossom
I’ve never been to Blossom and wonder how this beautiful, family fun venue has been here for more than 42 years and I have never knew how wonderful it was. Get there early because parking is about 1/2 mile walk to the pavilion. A wagon is a good idea too if you have young kids. We were there 1 hour early and the lawn was already packed. We were able to find a spot easily but next time, I will arrive 1-1/2 – 2 hours early.
Buy your tickets online or at the gate for $19 – 60. Kids under 12 get in free. Lawn tickets are affordable at only $19 each.
There is pavilion seating as well as lawn seating. We had lawn seating, along with about another 7,000 people! Just bring a large blanket or chairs to sit on. You can even rent low sitting chairs for $5 each.
My kids had fun playing with other kids before the concert began. They were all rolling down the large hill!
Plan ahead and pack a nice picnic for your family. I didn’t think of it in time and just threw a few juice boxes and a bag of chips in our bag. So unsophisticated! My kids didn’t care. Next time, I plan to make a nice picnic for my family to enjoy before the concert.
People get there early to visit, eat, play cards and other games, and even relax with a book.
Some people really plan ahead and bring small tables, citronella candles, casseroles, fresh breads, cheeses, wine, and fruit. Their picnics looked much nicer than mine. lol
If you don’t have time to pack or just love yummy vendor type foods, Blossom food is available. They also sell gyros, funnel cakes, wine, pretzels, and the like.
Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Center
The tone of the crowd went from party like picnic fun to hushed when the Cleveland Orchestra took stage. I was impressed at how quiet and respectful the audience was throughout the entire performance. Don’t let that stop you from bringing your kids! My kids were fine and were talking some. You can always head to the side or back of the crowd if your kids get rowdy! I think it is so important to introduce patriot music to our kids and let them experience cultural events. Below is a picture of Elizabeth enjoying the concert, this is not a posed picture. She really loved hearing the live orchestra! She’s my music girl.
The Cleveland Orchestra performed Overture to Candide, Suite from Appalachian Spring, and On the Trail. Then the Blossom Festival Chorus sang a cappella Deep River, Elijah Rock, and Soon Ah Will Be Done. Elijah really liked the song Elijah Rock! Overall, my kids like both the music and chorus but the chorus a bit more. We could hear the concert very well, the acoustics are amazing.
In the end the Cleveland Orchestra and the chorus came together to perform Battle Hymn of the Republic, America the Beautiful and ended with Overture: The Year 1812. This was great for the kids to be exposed to songs that we grew up with but my kids haven’t ever heard! The orchestra and chorus worked very well together to deliver an excellent concert. Below is the best picture I could get with my camera.
Fireworks at Blossom
In closing, there were Fireworks at Blossom tonight and through July 4th performances. I expected a small fireworks display and was thrilled with the amount and length of time of the fireworks display! My kids loved it. This is the first year that Elizabeth, age 3 really enjoyed fireworks. I loved hearing her giggle and laugh throughout the fireworks. I found myself watching my daughter’s expression instead of the fireworks several times. Even a couple other people looked her way and smiled at how much fun she was having. I guess as grown ups, we take for granted how magical fireworks really are. My son loved them too and asked all the scientific questions on how they work. Good thing my husband is an electrical engineer and could explain everything, including why we can’t do this in our backyard! lol
Surprisingly, traffic wasn’t terrible getting out of Blossom. The fireworks were done by 10:45 and we were home in no time. My kids were exhausted and asleep within minutes!
This was not a paid post. My own opinions were used based on my perceptions and experience. Thank you to Blossom Music Center who provided the tickets for the review.