Fourth of July in Cleveland
Celebrating the Fourth of July in Cleveland: Baseball, Beer & Fireworks
Ah, yes. The Fourth of July. It's that one time of year you wear an outfit comprised entirely of the colors red, white and blue; accept (parade) candy from a politician; and belt out your best version of the "Star-Spangled Banner" - without anyone giving you the stink eye.
So, why not take your holiday traditions to the next level in Cleveland for a new take on Independence Day?
Kick It Off With A Boom: Star-Spangled Spectacular
The best way to kick-off the holiday weekend is with the biggest Independence Day party around - The Star-Spangled Spectacular. This free concert performed by The Cleveland Orchestra happens on Public Square on July 2. Fireworks and an evening of musical programming make this a not-to-be-missed event. Click here to learn more.
July 4: The Big Day
On July 4, the City of Cleveland puts on their annual fireworks display at 10pm. The set-off location - where Lake Erie meets the Cuyahoga River - allows you to enjoy the view from a multitude of unique locations.
Head down to the Flats and check out places like Shooters (west bank) or WXYZ in the Aloft Hotel (east bank). Thousands of other people will set-up in Edgewater Park, which was recently acquired by the Cleveland Metroparks and provides a family-friendly opportunity to enjoy the show.
Many downtown attractions make sure you don't miss out on the fireworks display, as well.
Head over to the west bank of the Flats to experience Red, White & Brew at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. [Did we just catch you perking up at the mere mention of "brew?"] Tickets to this event include admission to the aquarium followed by an event along the Cuyahoga River that offers beer, bands and VIP seating for the City of Cleveland fireworks display.
Or, make your way to Northcoast Harbor to scope out some sweeping Lake Erie views aboard the William G. Mather Steamship. Every year, the historic steamship, which is operated by the Great Lakes Science Center, puts on Rock and Boom. Guests can enjoy a special science-related workshop, food, beverage and one of the best views of the City of Cleveland fireworks.
Another fantastic way to experience the fireworks display is on Lake Erie herself. The Goodtime III Fireworks Cruise offers multi-tiered packages for visitors seeking a view of the City of Cleveland fireworks - right in the middle Lake Erie.
Similarly, the Nautica Queen offers its July 4th Dinner Cruise on Lake Erie. Besides simply heading out to Lake Erie, guests of the Nautica Queen will get uncanny views of Cleveland along the winding Cuyahoga River.
And, finally, we're not sure if there's anything more American than a ballgame. So, buy some peanuts and Crackerjack, because you really won't care if you ever get back from a Cleveland Indians baseball game. The game on July 4 promises to be epic, with a massive fireworks display set to music after the game against the Kansas City Royals.
Make A Weekend of It
We all know that a country as big as the United States needs more than just a day or two to celebrate its independence. Check out these events and activities to make the most of your long holiday weekend in Cleveland.
"Ribs. I had ribs for lunch." If a free four-day party in downtown Akron doesn't strike a cord with you, perhaps the 12 "barons of the barbeque" slinging succulent ribs will.
Celebrate our nation in a national park with an internationally recognized orchestra? Sounds like fun to us. The Cleveland Orchestra will perform patriotic favorites from American composers like Sousa and Gershwin, with a finale performance of the "1812 Overture." After that, take in a huge fireworks display at this gorgeous national park.
If you can't make it to the Cleveland Indians baseball game on July 4, the good news is that the series against the Central Division rival Kansas City Royals continues on July 5-6, as well. So, there are plenty of opportunities to catch a ballgame throughout the weekend.
Baseball fans also will be happy to know that all of Cleveland's minor and independent league baseball teams are playing on and around July 4:
- Lake County Captains baseball (East): July 3
- Akron Rubber Ducks baseball (South): July 4-6
- Lake Erie Crushers baseball (West): July 4-6
While our minds are all still in "World Cup Mode," consider a different kind of international competition. Cleveland hosts the Continental Cup, which is an international youth sports festival that draws 3,200 youth athletes from 11 countries around the globe. The 228 teams compete in soccer, baseball and basketball at popular Cleveland sports venues. Check out the free Parade of Nations, Opening Ceremonies and festival at Finnie Stadium at Baldwin Wallace University on July 3 beginning at 6pm.