Beacon Journal staff report
Looking for fireworks, parades or other Fourth of July holiday events?
Here are some celebrations happening in the region:
Portage Lakes — Antique Boat Show will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the docks of On Tap at the Harbor and Nicoletti’s at Park Place. Sponsored by Portage Lakes Historical Society and North Coast Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society. At 9:30 p.m., Light Up the Lakes will line up in front of the Rotary Camp on Rex Lake, ending at Dietz’s Landing and Upper Deck. Cash prizes will be awarded for best-decorated boats. Register at www.portagelakes.com.
Fairlawn — Concert at 8 p.m. with Brass Band of the Western Reserve at Bicentennial Park on South Smith Road. Fireworks about 10 p.m. Free shuttle bus rides to and from Summit Mall will begin at 7 p.m. in Dillard’s east parking lot.
Orrville — Carnival midway with rides, games and food at Orr Park. Firefighters Association Parade at 7 p.m. Tuesday. ASA Girls 14-and-under Fast Pitch Softball Tournament July 3-6. Fireworks about 10:15 p.m. July 6.
Akron — The Rib, White & Blue festival, South Main Street between Bowery and State streets, and Lock 3 Park, next to Civic Theatre. Concerts, children’s rides, inflatables and food concessions, including barbecue vendors. Free admission. Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day. Fireworks at Lock 3 following Akron Symphony Orchestra Pops concert at 9:45 p.m. July 4. Wednesday concerts: The TwistOffs at 6 p.m., and Bruce in the USA, a tribute to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at 8:30 p.m. July 4 concerts: Alex Bevan at 4 p.m., University of Akron Steel Drum Band at 6 p.m. and the Akron Symphony Orchestra Pops at 8 p.m. July 5 concerts: Jim Gill Band at 6 p.m. and Elevation, a tribute to U2, at 8:30 p.m. July 6 concerts: Joe Vitale Jr. Band at 6 p.m., and the Machine, Pink Floyd tribute, at 8:30 p.m.
Brunswick — Patriot Party at the Recreation Center, 3637 Center Road. 4-8 p.m., admission free. Take advantage of the fitness center, gymnasium, track and swimming pool. Concert by the Brunswick Community Band at 7 p.m. Fireworks display at 10:30 p.m. on the high school grounds. Rain date is July 5.
Hiram — Pre-fireworks concert at 7:30 p.m. at Hiram College football field. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Massillon — First City of Champions Independence Day Celebration, 6-10:30 p.m., at Paul Brown Stadium. Little Miss and Mr. Liberty contest, performances by three bands, food vendors and kids crafts. Concludes with fireworks.
Medina — Fireworks Festival at Medina Community Recreation Center, 855 Weymouth Road, 4-11 p.m. Carnival games, food, inflatables, live music and more. Fireworks at dusk on Medina High School grounds.
Wadsworth — Fireworks at dusk at Memorial Park on Grandview Avenue. Rain date is July 5.
Spencer — Fourth of July Festival in J.B. Firestone Park. Parade at 11 a.m. July 4. Rides open 2:30 to 11 p.m. Tommy Hall and the Sunlighters Band at 3 p.m. Park and rides open from noon to 11 p.m. July 5-6. Tim Whalen and Sundown Band perform at 5:30 p.m. July 6. Park open from noon to 5 p.m. July 7.
Alliance — Festival at Silver Park on South Union Avenue, 5 p.m. to dusk. Displays and entertainment with the theme of Alliance in the Roaring Twenties. The Kool Nights Band will perform. Pictures, old vehicles and a flyover of 1920s airplanes, weather permitting. Nature hunt, jump house, face painting and train ride. Food concessions. Fireworks at dark. Rain date July 5.
Aurora — 5K and 1-mile walk/run, Bicentennial Park, state Route 43 and East Pioneer Trail, at 8 a.m. (registration at 7 a.m.). Parade starts at 11 a.m. at Barrington Town Square. Festival from noon to 4 p.m. at Kiwanis Moore Park. Fireworks at Pioneer baseball fields, 9:45 p.m.
Fairlawn — Parade starts at 6:30 p.m. in front of Fairlawn Town Centre, heading west on West Market Street to Ghent Road, ending in Dillard’s parking lot at Summit Mall.
Hiram — Family activities and bike decorating at Hiram Christian Church, noon to 1:30 p.m. Classic cars and fire department vehicle display, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Parade at 1:30 p.m. marches north on Hayden and Dean streets, left on Hinsdale Street, south to Peckham Avenue, down state Route 82, then back to the church. Community Band outdoor concert of patriotic songs at 4 p.m. Ice-cream social and big-band dance with Garretttones from 8 to 10 p.m.
Medina — Annual Twin Sizzler Races from 6 to 11 a.m. including a 5K Run, a 10K Run, a 1-mile Fun Run, 5K walk and 27-mile bike races. Race day registration at Garfield Elementary School, 234 S. Broadway St. Parade at 6 p.m. at Spring Grove and Liberty, ending at parking lot behind the courthouse. Medina Community Band concert at 8:30 p.m. at Uptown Park Gazebo.
North Canton — Two-mile walk/run at 8:10 a.m. and five-mile race at 8:30 a.m. at the North Canton YMCA. Firecracker Dash for ages 6 or younger at 7:45 a.m. Parade at 10:30 a.m. from Memorial Stadium parking lot off Seventh Street Northeast to North Main Street, south through the square to Harmon Street Southwest, and west to North Canton Middle School. Celebration in the Park near the stadium at 6 p.m. Food and entertainment. Fireworks at dusk at Dogwood Park.
Stow — Firecracker Run at 7:30 a.m. from Holy Family Church. Four-mile run and 3K fun run. Parade steps off at Stow-Kent Shopping Center on Kent Road at 10 a.m. and marches west, ending at Holy Family Church, 3163 Kent Road. For more information about the run, call 330-689-5100.
Wadsworth — Concert at 7 p.m. with Wadsworth Community Band on the lawn in front of O.J. Work Auditorium. Jeff Young is clarinet soloist.
Wooster — Food vendors and other activities starting at 5 p.m. at Kinney property at Burbank and Oldman roads and Ida Sue Soccer Field. Fireworks about 10 p.m. Also, there will be a Ohio Light Opera Orchestra and Chorus Pops Concert at 7 p.m. at 377 W. Liberty St. It is sponsored by Main Street Wooster Inc.
Hudson — Fireworks at Barlow Farm Park, 9:30 p.m. Parking is available at the JoAnn Stores lot. Rain date is July 6.
Perry Township — Canal Fulton-Clinton Community Band will perform, 7:30 p.m., at Sippo Lake Park, 5710 12th St. NW. Also celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. Bring a blanket or chair. In case of rain, concert will be indoors in the Exploration Gateway.
Kent — The 18th annual Heritage Festival, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. in downtown Kent. Crafters and food vendors will line Main, North and South Water and Erie streets. Entertainment on three stages all day and activities for all ages. A car show will take place on West Erie Street. The Tree City 5K run starts at 7 p.m. at Dix Stadium. Fireworks downtown at 10 p.m.
Portage Lakes — Boat parade at 1 p.m., starting at Kieffer Marine on East Reservoir and ending at Portage Lakes State Park beach, where the sand castle-building contest will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Fireworks at 10 p.m. from Mason’s Point on Turkeyfoot Lake. Rain date is July 7.