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Your guide to Fourth of July celebrations

Morgan Addington-Hodge • May 12, 2015 at 6:28 PM

Looking for something special to do on the Fourth of July? Celebrate America with any one of these wonderful community events, which feature live music, games, sports tournaments, delicious food and more.

What: Clyde 4th of July Celebration

When: 10 a.m. July 3

Where: Clyde Community Park & Aquatic Center, 330 Fair St., Clyde

Cost: Free

Info: 419-547-9985

Enjoy this great community celebration, which includes a full day of fun and games for kids of all ages. Kids get a chance to win prizes and candy, and the whole family is guaranteed a day of fun. There will also be a water balloon toss before the evening fireworks, which are scheduled at dusk.

   Scheduled events include a coed volleyball tournament at 10 a.m. (call Rec Office at 419-547-6205 to sign up), free pool admission to people living in Clyde and Green Springs starting at 12 p.m., music and a live DJ at the park at 5:30 p.m., family corn hole at 6 p.m. and kids kickball at 6 p.m. (age groups 5-7 and 8-12 years old).

What: Cedar Point 4th of July Weekend

When: 10 a.m. July 2, 3 & 4

Where: Cedar Point, 1 Cedar Point Dr., Sandusky

Cost: Park Admission

Info: 419-627-2350

Nobody celebrates the 4th of July like Cedar Point! Special entertainment, delicious meals and money-saving deals will be available all weekend long. On July 2 through 4, there will be free admission for all active, retired and honorably discharged members of the Armed Forces when they present a valid military ID (valid IDs include Active Duty ID, Retired Personnel ID, VA Medical System Picture ID or copy of DD-214 Discharge papers along with photo ID).

   There will also be a weekend-long Picnic at the Point, an all-you-can-eat buffet-style meal served in the Coral Courtyard from 4:30-6 p.m. Sat.-Mon. Menu includes fried chicken, hot dogs, Johnsonville Brats, potato salad, baked beans, baked rigatoni, cookies and ice-cold Pepsi beverages. You can purchase a combo admission and meal ticket in advance for great savings.

   Guests will have a few extra hours to enjoy all the rides and coasters, as the park will be open until 1 a.m. on July 3. There will be two nights of fireworks starting at 10 p.m. July 3 and 4, followed by American Portrait.

   Other activities and attractions include the Johnsonville Big Taste Grill, the chance to win some great prizes from the Point Patrol, a Saturday performance from the Singing angels, a youth chorus group and more.

What: Lakeside 4th of July Celebration

When: 10 a.m. July 4

Where: Lakeside, 236 Walnut Avenue, Lakeside

Cost: Lakeside Pass

Info: 419-798-4461

The day begins at 10 a.m. with the Children’s Bike Parade in Perry Park. Participants of all ages should arrive early with an already-decorated bike to receive a balloon. Following the bike parade will be the Fourth of July Float Parade at 10:15 a.m. Both parades will travel from east to west on Second Street. Spectators are invited to dress patriotically, as part of this Lakeside holiday tradition.

   Join fellow Lakesiders on the lawn of Hotel Lakeside to enjoy the taste of summer at a Fourth of July cookout catered by Jason Platfoot of the Hotel Lakeside Café. Meals include a hamburger or brat, potato salad, chips and a cookie for $6. Water and pop will be sold for $1.

   The Central Ohio Brass Band (COBB) will perform at 6 p.m. at the Steele Memorial Bandstand (Central Park Gazebo), offering a selection of familiar patriotic tunes.

   At 9:45 p.m., or dusk, fireworks off the Lakeside dock will offer a spectacular finale to the day.

   Admission to Lakeside requires a daily gate pass ($18 for adults, $12.50 for youth ages 12-18, and free for children under age 12 and guests over age 90). Partial day passes (three hours) are available for $5.50. Parking within the gates of Lakeside and at the South Gate parking lot is $7.50 daily. Free parking is available at Danbury Local Schools (no shuttle service).

What: Vermilion Independence Day

When: 10 a.m. July 4

Where: Downtown Vermilion

Cost: Free

Info: 440.967.4477 or vermilionchamber@centurytel.net

Celebrate the Fourth of July with family, friends, food and fireworks in and around Vermilion. A variety of events will be offered throughout the community, from old fashioned fun, to psychedelic celebrations.

What: Put-In-Bay Fourth of July Celebration

When: 11 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. & 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. July 4

Where: Perry's Monument, 93 Delaware Ave., Put-in-Bay

Cost: Free

Info: 419.285.2184 or nichole_fifer@nps.gov

Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial, 93 Delaware Ave., Put-in-Bay

Come celebrate American independence at Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial! The day events will include a special children's program at 11 am, children's activities, educational programs and crafts until 3:30 pm.

What: Stars & Stripes Celebration

When: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. July 4

Where: Washington Park, 200 Washington St., Sandusky

Cost: Free

Info: 419.202.9502

This is a family-friendly holiday event. There will be a parade, children activities, concession stands and more. Musical entertainment will be provided by Vacationland Band, Erie County O.S.U. Band, Sandusky Junior High Band, Sandusky High School Band, Margaretta High School Band and SMCC High School Band.

What: Red, White & Blues Bang

When: 6 p.m. July 2

Where: Huron Boat Basin & Amphitheater, 417 Main St., Huron

Cost: Free

Info: 419-577-4185

Celebrate summer on Lake Erie in Huron on Saturday, July 2 at the Red, White & Blues Bang at the Huron Boat Basin Amphitheater. It will be an evening of music entertainment featuring Todd Wolfe Band at 6 p.m. and Chris O'Leary Band at 8:30 p.m.

What: 4th of July Lawn Social

When: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. July 4

Where: United Methodist Church (Flat Rock), 7500 N. Seneca County Road 29, Flat Rock

Cost: Free

Info: 419-483-5530

The annual 4th of July lawn social, sponsored by the Flat Rock United Methodist Church, will be held rain or shine from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The menu will be sandwiches, salads, fresh fruit, beverages and homemade pie. Root beer floats and cold beverages will be available at the curb. A mini art show by local artist Jim Andrew will be held on the church lawn.

   The traditional 4th of July parade will start at 3 p.m. Anyone wishing to participate should be at the north end of town at 2:30 p.m. Line up will be on the corner of Co. Rd 29 and Co. Rd. 34. This is a fun event for young and old alike. If you just want to enjoy the parade bring a lawn chair to view from the boulevard.

What: Flat Rock 4th of July Parade

When: 2:30 p.m. line up, parade starts at 3 p.m. July 4

Where: United Methodist Church (Flat Rock), 7500 N. Seneca County Road 29, Flat Rock

Cost: Free

Info: 419-483-5530

The traditional 4th of July parade will start at 3 p.m. Anyone wishing to participate should be at the north end of town at 2:30 p.m. Line up will be on the corner of Co. Road 29 and Co. Road 34. This is a fun event for young and old alike. If you just want to enjoy the parade bring a lawn chair to view from the boulevard.

What: Bellevue Family 4th of July Celebration

When: 2 p.m. July 4

Where: Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 NE Fourth St., Bellevue

Cost: Free

Info: 425-452-4106 or nwac@bellevuewa.gov

Join us for our annual celebration of the 4th of July! Enjoy a variety of fun activities:

    - Family Fun Zone and Food Court open at 2 p.m.

    - Entertainment on stage begins at 6 p.m.

    - Kids' Area includes bounces, climbing wall, face painting, stilt walkers, jugglers

    - Main Stage live entertainment

    - Sponsors' booths to visit

    The evening will end with the Eastside's biggest fireworks show! Check the Funcoast.com Bellevue Family 4th of July Celebration event page for the event map, program and the Family Fun Zone information and fees. Entertainment is free. There are minimal costs for food and some children's activities. No ATM is available at the park.

What: Norwalk 4th of July Parade

When: 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. July 4

Where: Downtown Norwalk

Cost: Free

No Fourth of July celebration is complete without fireworks! Find a full schedule of community fireworks events here.

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