There are plenty of festive things to do on the Fourth of July, but we figured we'd highlight some other events worthy of your time and attention. From festivals and a history lesson to a giant pool party and a bookworm's dream, there's something for everyone.
1.) Greenwich Fireman’s Festival
Why you should go: It’s been a tradition for the last 37 years. Enjoy this classic small-town festival at the Tri Community Joint Fire Dept. Daily events include an ox roast, amusements and rides, live music, concessions, games, pony rides, a Friends of the Library book sale and a softball tournament. You’ll also enjoy a weekend-long car show with special events daily.
WHEN: July 1-4
WHERE: Tri Community Joint Fire Department, 49 Main St., Greenwich
2.) Dollar Book Sale
Why you should go: Bookworms, rejoice! The Ex Libris Bookshop is having its biggest sale ever, which features more than 10,000 books for sale — for just a donation of a buck! Plenty of hardbacks, paperbacks, fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, classics and any and every genre will be waiting for you to take them home. All proceeds will go toward establishing a library in Marblehead.
WHEN: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 1-4
WHERE: Ex Libris Bookshop, 110 W. Main St., Lakeside Marblehead
COST: Donation of $1
3.) Underground Railroad Trolley Tour
Why you should go: Learn about the local history of the Underground Railroad movement and the role of Sandusky area citizens who aided the journey of brave fugitives from slavery to freedom across Lake Erie to Canada. Seating is limited, so you’ll want to call and make reservations. The trolley will pick you up at the Maritime Museum.
WHEN: 11 a.m. July 2
WHERE: Maritime Museum of Sandusky, 125 Meigs St., Sandusky
4.) Fantastic Fun Day
Why you should go: Children and adults can learn about carousels, carnival rides and more during this entertaining experience at the museum’s historic downtown location. Reservations are recommended; please call for additional information.
WHEN: 12-2 p.m. July 4
WHERE: Merry-Go-Round Museum, 301 Jackson St., Sandusky
INFO: 419-626-6111 or email@example.com
5.) J.D. Owen Blue Lagoon Party
Why you should go: Who doesn’t want to hang out at a huge pool party? J.F. Walleye’s Blue Lagoon has an island-like feel, and you can enjoy drinks, food and live entertainment.
WHEN: 1-5 p.m. July 4
WHERE: J.F. Walleyes, 1810 Fox Road, Middle Bass Island
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