2016 Fourth of July Events in Cleveland
By Lexi Hotchkiss, Image by Cody York
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?
JULY 4: THE BIG DAY
On July 4, the City of Cleveland puts on their annual fireworks display at dusk. The set-off location – where Lake Erie meets the Cuyahoga River – allows you to enjoy the view from a multitude of unique locations.
Also on the West Bank, experience Red, White & Brew at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium from 3 p.m.-12 a.m. (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 seating for the City of Cleveland fireworks display.
On the East Bank of the Flats, the options are aplenty with wide range of new waterfront restaurants and bars offering Insta-worthy views of the fireworks. Nosh on fish tacos from Coastal Taco or slurp oysters at Alley Cat—both with dining along the Cuyahoga. Or, take in the views from the streetside patios at Punch Bowl, Crop Rocks, Crop Sticks or Beer Head Bar.
Thousands of other people will set up in Edgewater Park, which provides an especially family-friendly opportunity to enjoy the show.
Many Downtown attractions make sure you don’t miss out on the fireworks display, as well.
Make your way to North Coast Harbor to scope out some sweeping Lake Erie views from within Voinovich Park or 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.
INDEPENDENCE DAY WEEKEND
The Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom: July 2-4
Celebrating our nation in a national park with an internationally recognized orchestra and fireworks? Sounds like fun to us. Get to Blossom Amphitheater on July 2-3 for “1812 Overture,” a concert featuring romantic Russian melodies including Tchaikovsky’s famous “1812” overture. Then, on July 4, The Cleveland Orchestra performs “A Salute to America,” a show featuring patriotic favorites from American composers like Sousa and Gershwin, with a finale performance of the 1812 Overture. All three nights close with a fireworks display.
Cleveland Continental Cup: June 30-July 3
Cleveland hosts the Continental Cup, which is an international youth sports festival that draws more than 3,000 youth athletes from 10 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 June 30.
Rib, White & Blue – Akron Main Street: July 1-4
“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.
Star Spangled Science: July 1-4
A new and special salute to the holiday weekend, Star Spangled Science at the Great Lakes Science Center puts the red-white-and-blue into science. Learn how fireworks create that signature flash-bang-boom and see what happens when you create a chemical reaction involving firecrackers and a watermelon. Make gooey, slimy red-white-and-blue polymers and make your stake in the community build project for the upcoming Republican National Convention.
BASEBALL, BASEBALL & MORE BASEBALL
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 baseball game in CLE. Here are the pro, minor and independent leagues playing around July 4:
• Cleveland Indians V. Detroit Tigers baseball: July 4-6 (fireworks on Monday)
• Lake County Captains baseball: July 1–3 (fireworks on Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
• Akron RubberDucks baseball: July 4-7 (fireworks on Monday)
• Lake Erie Crushers baseball: July 1–3 (fireworks on Friday and Sunday)
• World Golf Championships—Bridgestone Invitational: June 30 – July 3
• Chris Botti at Hard Rock Live: July 1
• Chagrin Falls Studio Orchestra Patriotic Bash: July 1
• Over the Rainbow Kite Festival: July 3