July 4: O, Say, Can You CLE?

June 12, 2015
July 4

Fourth of July Events in Cleveland

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?


The best way to kick-off the impending Independence Day holiday is with the biggest Fourth of July party around - The Star-Spangled Spectacular. This free concert performed by The Cleveland Orchestra happens on Mall B downtown (just a few blocks from Public Square) on July 1. Fireworks and an evening of musical programming make this a not-to-be-missed event. Click here to learn more.


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.

Head down to the Flats and check out places like the Music Box Supper Club (where you can also see a show by the famed Chardon Polka Band) or WXYZ in the Aloft Hotel. Thousands of other people will setup 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.

Head over to the west bank of the Flats to experience Red, White & Brew at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium from 12pm - 12am. [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.

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.


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.

Baseball, Baseball and 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 minor and independent leagues playing around July 4:

The Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom: July 2-4

Celebrate our nation in a national park with an internationally recognized orchestra? Sounds like fun to us. Get to Blossom Amphitheater on July 2-3 for "America the Beautiful," a concert of light classics, Broadway and Hollywood favorites. 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 Tchaikovsky's "1812" overture complemented with a huge fireworks display.

Cleveland Continental Cup: July 2 - 5

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 July 2.

50th Annual Cleveland Grand Prix & Chagrin Falls Hunter Jumper Classic: July 2 - 12

Watching a horse show jumping competition isn't an activity reserved just for the boujie. During Independence Day Weekend, make your way to the Cleveland Metroparks Polo Fields in Moreland Hills for the Opening Weekend of the Chagrin Falls Hunter Jumper Classic. The event features three rings of jumping competition, including all levels from lead line to Grand Prix. The shows begin at 8am daily and include opportunities to eat, shop and have a little fun while on site.

Articles Search

Download the Destination Cleveland App

The Destination Cleveland app is your guide to art, culture and rock ‘n’ roll in a city that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Grit meets sophistication in a town with world-class experiences without the world-class ego. And for that, you’re welcome.

Destination Cleveland
334 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44114
800. 321. 1001
Check out what other travelers say
about Cleveland on TripAdvisor.