13 Ways to Celebrate the Fourth of July in Cleveland

click to enlarge 13 Ways to Celebrate the Fourth of July in Cleveland
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The Fourth of July is next Tuesday and with it comes a plethora of activities and locations to watch some great fireworks shows. Here's our list of things to do this weekend and the day of, in celebration of the Fourth.

4th of July Fireworks Cruise on the Goodtime III

Enjoy fireworks on the river this year aboard the Goodtime III. Reservations are required for this event, with tickets starting at $63.95. Boarding for the complete package (dinner, fireworks, and dancing) starts at 6:00 p.m. on July 4, with the cruise going until 11:30 p.m.

Location: 825 E. Ninth Street Pier, North Coast Harbor, 216-861-5110

Light Up the Lake

For some free views of the Cleveland fireworks, go downtown for the annual Light Up the Lake. Watch the sky light up over Lake Erie from the Flats, Voinovich Park, Whiskey Island, or Wendy Park, starting at sundown.

Rock and Boom

Watch Cleveland's fireworks on the deck of the Steamship William G. Mather. Bring chairs and blankets to sit and enjoy the view while munching on food and drinks that you can buy from the family-friendly beer garden. Tickets are $16 and the event runs from 8-11 p.m.

Location: Steamship William G. Mather at Great Lakes Science Center, 601 Erieside Ave., 216-694-2000

Star Spangled Science

The Great Lakes Science Center is putting on a handful of fun activities for kids, such as a watermelon explosion and Alka-Seltzer rockets, running from July 2-4. For a full list of activities, times, and locations click the link above.

Location: Great Lakes Science Center, 601 Erieside Ave., 216-694-2000

Fun Before 4 on July 4th

The Greater Cleveland Aquarium will be open on July 4th with free parking until 4 p.m. if you're looking for something to do before the fireworks go off. Active military and first responders (police, fire, and EMT) get free admission into the aquarium. There's also a starfish kids’ craft and a red-white-and-blue scavenger hunt to participate in.

Location: Greater Cleveland Aquarium, 2000 Sycamore St., 216-862-8803

Star Spangled Spectacular

The Cleveland Orchestra will bring its free community concert back to downtown Cleveland this year starting at 9:00 p.m.

Location: Mall B, 300 St. Clair Ave.

Akron Rib White and Blue Festival

This year is the 41st annual Rib, White, and Blue Festival in downtown Akron starting on June 30th and running until July 4th. Gates open at 11:00 a.m. and admission is free all four days. There's live music every night and plenty of barbecue to eat.

Location: Lock 3 200 S. Main St. Akron, 330-375-2877

Independence Day Celebration Fireworks

The city of Independence will be celebrating their Independence Day early on July 3rd. Their fireworks event starts at 7:00 p.m. and runs 'til 10:30 p.m.

Location: Elmwood Park, Independence

Lakewood Fourth of July Parade, Concert, and Fireworks

Lakewood will be starting its July Fourth festivities early, with a parade that kicks off at 10:00 a.m. on Lake Avenue at Kenneth Drive. It'll conclude at Lakewood Park. Games and activities will continue in the park once the parade is finished. At 7:00 p.m., Lakewood High School’s Youth Rock Orchestra will perform at the bandstand. The day will end with a firework "extravaganza" at 9:45 p.m.

Location: Lakewood Park, 14532 Lake Ave.

Avon Lake Fireworks

If you can't celebrate on Tuesday or just want to catch as many firework shows as possible, Avon Lake will be holding their event on Sunday, July 2nd at dusk.

Location: Weiss Field, 33401 Webber Rd.

Columbiana 4th of July Community Celebration

The folks in Columbiana take Fourth of July seriously and they start off their celebration at 8:30 a.m. with a fishing contest. Activities will continue to run throughout the day, including music in the gazebo, until 8:00 p.m.

Location: Firestone Park, 338 E Park Ave., Columbiana
click to enlarge Cedar Point all lit up for the Fourth. - Courtesy of Cedar Point
Courtesy of Cedar Point
Cedar Point all lit up for the Fourth.
Light Up the Point at Cedar Point

Cedar Point will be hosting its own special celebration July 1st through July 4th. The park will be open 'til midnight all weekend with free admission to active and retired members of the military. There will also be a firework displace at Cedar Point Beach on the Fourth, "choreographed to a patriotic soundtrack."

Location: 1 Cedar Point Dr., Sandusky, 416-627-2350

Bay Days Festival

Bay Days Festival starts tomorrow and offers a single-price ticket for carnival rides from noon to 4:00 p.m. for $18 each day. On July 1st they'll have a classic car cruise-in in Cahoon Park. Ending the festival on July 4th will be a Gala Fireworks Display.

Location: Cahoon Memorial Park West, Bay Village
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