July 4 + More
Fourth of July Events in Cleveland
By Adam Sockel, Image by Cody York
Why just commemorate Independence Day on July 4 when you have practically an entire week to celebrate our nation’s b-day? From fireworks to concerts, we’ve got a few ways to make the week in Cleveland a little more red-white-and-bluer.
Tuesday, July 3
On July 3 and 4, The Cleveland Orchestra presents one of its most beloved performances of the year, “Salute to America.” Happening at Blossom Music Center located between Cleveland and Akron, this best-of-the-best orchestra puts on a captivating performance of Sousa marches, Broadway scores and it’s signature conclusion of the “1812 Overture” set to fireworks.
Wednesday, July 4
We happen to think Downtown Cleveland is a sparkling gem all year round. But come July 4, this place glimmers even brighter. Cleveland’s Fourth of July fireworks are shot off from Dock 20 over Lake Erie. There are nearly a dozen free viewing areas throughout the city. One of our faves, though, is the Great Lakes Science Center’s food-and-drink viewing party, Rock and Boom, aboard the William G. Mather Steamship.,/
Thursday, July 5
Brad Paisley and Hank Williams Jr. are both country music megastars and they're bringing their iconic sounds to the lawn at Blossom Music Center on July 5. Not many things say "summer" quite like a hot live music scene paired with a few cool adult beverages, amirite?
Friday, July 6
Few orchestras around the world are as respected as The Cleveland Orchestra. So, it’s pretty great that on July 6 you get a very FREE reason to learn why. Head to a rather unusual classical music venue — Mall B near the Cleveland Convention Center — for a sampling of patriotic music, food trucks and fireworks.
A warm summer evening spent at the ballpark ranks high on the best possible ways to boost your summer experience. Stick around post game on July 6 as the Indians put on a patriotic fireworks display where the pyrotechnics are absolutely incredible.
Head east to Euclid Beach Park, which is undergoing an amazing lakefront transformation, for an evening of sweet jazz tunes against the backdrop of Lake Erie. The evening of fun kicks off at 6 p.m.
Saturday, July 7
Grab some farm-to-table fare from local, award-winning restaurants while sampling 38 beers from Cleveland's craft beer community during this fest held at Lincoln Park in Tremont. You’ll come for the beer and food, but you'll stay for all the local bands. On top of that, the whole shindig benefits a great local cause.
Saturday afternoon features another beer festival (we do that thing a lot around here…) and this one benefits the West Side Catholic Center in their work to help Cleveland's homeless community. Purchasing tickets grants you unlimited drinks from local breweries and distilleries, bottomless food, live music and even a cornhole tournament. It’s happening on Cleveland’s west side.
Sunday, July 8
To any classic rock fan, The Who is one of the definitive rock ‘n’ roll bands in the history of music. And, their rock opera album “Tommy” is among the most acclaimed and enduring works ever created. Want a really cool way to experience it? Roger Daltrey and The Cleveland Orchestra will play this unique piece in its entirety at Blossom Music Center on July 8.
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