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Area fireworks displays

July 4, 2014

The Akron Beacon Journal

July 04--Looking for fireworks, parades or other Fourth of July holiday events?

Here are some celebrations happening in the region:

Today to Saturday

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. Friday. Today's concerts: Alex Bevan at 4 p.m., Brass Band of the Western Reserve at 6 p.m. and the Akron Symphony Orchestra Pops at 8 p.m. Saturday concerts: The Brothers Gecht Band at 4 p.m., the Speedbumps at 6 p.m. and 1964 The Tribute at 8:30 p.m.

Orrville -- Carnival midway with rides, games and food at Orr Park begins after parade, daily through Saturday. Fire in the Sky Fast Pitch Softball Tournament, through Saturday. Rotary Club Firecracker 5K at 10 a.m. Saturday. Fireworks about 10:15 p.m. Saturday.

Today to Sunday

Brunswick -- Brunswick Summer Celebration Festival, Brunswick High School Campus, 3553 Center Road. Includes musical acts, rides, food, games, vendors and contests. 5 to 11 p.m. daily through Friday, 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Fireworks at 10:30 p.m. Saturday and Grand Parade at 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission $3, free for ages 2 and under.


Akron -- Hereford Park, North Highland Avenue and Wye Drive in Highland Square neighborhood. 10 a.m. parade. Prizes for best decorations and costumes. Bounce house for children.

Akron -- Goodhue and Braewick drives in west side neighborhood. 10 a.m. parade. Line up at Goodhue/Braewick intersection at 9:30 a.m., marching down Goodhue for three blocks with fire and police officials and local residents.

Akron's Castle Park neighborhood -- Parade at 10:30 a.m. on Castle Boulevard, between Dartmouth Avenue and Radcliffe Avenue. Registration 10 to 10:25 a.m., $1 fee. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and military veterans invited to march. Prizes for creative bikes, wagons and strollers, walkers and in-line skaters, best-dressed pet.

Alliance -- Festival at Silver Park on South Union Avenue, 5 p.m. to dusk. The Marlboro Volunteers Military History Trailer will feature a portable museum display. Carnation Queen candidates will be introduced at 7 p.m. Food concessions will be offered. Alliance Rotary and the Washington Ruritan Club will provide free food to active military or veterans. The Alliance Symphony Orchestra Big Band will perform. Nature hunt, jump house and face painting. Fireworks at dark.

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.

Canton -- First Friday Independence Day celebration in Downtown Arts District 5to 10 p.m. Battle of the Bands winner Vex plays on the Main Stage at 5 p.m., followed by Songs from Hairspray, a salute to veterans and New Wave Nation performs from 8 to 10 p.m., followed by fireworks. Revolutionary War re-enactors, arts shows and food concessions.

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.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.

Hudson -- A 7 p.m. concert with the U.S. Air Force Band of Flight at the Bandstand on the Green.

Medina -- Twin Sizzler Races from 6 to 11 a.m. including a 5K Run, a 10K Run, a one-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. 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.

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, past Holy Family Church, ending at Park Drive.

Twinsburg -- The annual reading of the Declaration of Independence at 2 p.m. on the square. It will be read by Jim Watkins, Korean War veteran and commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, along with state, county and local elected officials. They include Summit County Councilman Bill Roemer, Stow Municipal Clerk of Courts Kevin Coughlin, Twinsburg City Councilman Ted Yates, Ohio State Rep. Kristina Roegner and Ohio State Sen. Frank LaRose. An impersonator of Samuel Adams, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, will speak at the event. Free ice cream. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Valley City -- Parade steps off at 11 a.m., from the depot on Center Road and ends at Mill Stream Park. The Antique Car Show. Entertainment all day at the park. The Litchfield Town Band will play in the pavilion at 7 p.m. Fireworks at dusk.

Wadsworth -- Concert at 7 p.m. with Wadsworth Community Band on the lawn at Wadsworth High School, 625 Broad St. Bring lawn chairs. In case of rain, it will be in the Performing Arts Center at the school.

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. Ohio Light Opera Orchestra and Chorus Pops Concert at 7 p.m. at 105 W. Liberty St.


Hudson -- Fireworks at Barlow Farm Park at dusk. Parking is available at the JoAnn Stores lot.

Kent -- The 19th annual Heritage Festival, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. in downtown Kent. Crafters, food vendors and entertainment on three stages, car show and Ducks over the Falls. 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 Sunday.


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