A Shores & Islands Independence Day

June 20, 2016

Ohio's Lake Erie Shores & Islands is in the heart of the Midwest, where things are about as all-American as they come! On the 4th of July, we honor our nation. From amazing fireworks displays to patriotic symphonies, soul, and showtunes to get your toes tapping and your flags waving. Family-friendly celebrations abound with festivals, parades, and historic events. Here are a number of ways to celebrate our Independence, Lake Erie Love-style!

Light Up The Point - Cedar Point, Sandusky

Jul 1, 2016 - Jul 4, 2016

Celebrate America at The Roller Coaster Capital of the World!® Enjoy fireworks every night starting at 10:30 pm. Plus, see fireworks like you've never seen them before...in 3-D, but only on July 4. Every guest who visits gets a special pair of 3-D viewing glasses when they enter the park to use that night to see the fireworks come to life before their eyes! The All-American Grill Out also takes place on July 4 at Lakeside Pavilion on Cedar Point beach. Please contact Cedar Point for more information.

Mike Farris & The Roselan Rhythm Revue "Sing the Soul of America" - Hoover Auditorium, Lakeside

Jul 1, 2016; 8:15 pm

Spectacular musical performance featuring spirited soul and gospel music; Lakeside gate fees apply.

Red, White & Song Cabaret - Bellevue Society for the Arts, Bellevue

Jul 1, 2016; 7 pm

In the style of the 1942 film “Holiday Inn,” where every holiday prompted singing and dancing, BSA presents an Independence Day-themed Cabaret which features a wide array of fun, romantic, and traditional songs.

East Harbor Independence Day Celebration - East Harbor State Park, Marblehead

Jul 2, 2016 - Jul 3, 2016

Summer is in full swing and it's time to hit the beach. Friday night enjoy a band and bonfire on the beach. Watch local fireworks from the shores of Lake Erie on July 4th.

Red, White, & Blues Bang - Huron Boat Basin, Huron

Jul 2, 2016; 6 pm

Spend a summer evening at Huron's scenic Boat Basin listening to the blues; the concert includes fireworks over the river at 10:30 pm.

Independence Day Celebration - Mill Street along the Portage River, Downtown Oak Harbor

Jul 3, 2016; 5-11 pm

Food, entertainment, giant inflatables, duck race on the Portage River, 50/50 drawing, live band, and beer. All leading up to a spectacular fireworks display starting at dusk.

4th of July Fireworks Cruise - Goodtime I, Sandusky

Jul 3-4, 2016; 9 pm

Cruise guests will enjoy fireworks from the peaceful waters of Lake Erie in front of Cedar Point. Reservations are required.

An Old Fashioned 4th - Historic Lyme Village, Bellevue

Jul 4, 2016; 10 am-5 pm

Step back to the 19th Century to enjoy the 4th the way it used to be, especially during an election year.

Independence Day Concert - Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont

Jul 4, 2016; 2-3:30 pm

Civil War reenactors join the gifted musicians of the Toledo Symphony Concert Band in a rousing concert of patriotic and popular tunes. The popular "1812 Overture" features cannon-fire accompaniment! Come early and enjoy refreshments; bring your own seat for this outdoor event.

Lakeside Chautauqua Independence Day Activities - Lakeside Chautauqua, Lakeside

Jul 4, 2016; 10 am-10 pm

Fourth of July festivities will kick-off with the Children's Bike Parade at 10 am followed by the Fourth of July Float Parade at 10:15 am with unique golf cart floats. Fireworks at 9:45 pm; Lakeside gate fees apply.

Port Clinton Area 4th of July Celebration - Various locations around Port Clinton

Jul 4, 2016

Star Spangled Squirt Gun 5K Run/Walk; Firecracker Cutie Contest; Ice Cream, Apple Pie, and Hot Dog Social; Classic Car Show, Voices of Freedom Concert; Family Dance Party; and Fireworks.

Put-in-Bay 4th of July Fireworks - Downtown Put-in-Bay

Jul 4, 2016

Celebrate America's birthday at the annual spectacular fireworks program at dark. Fireworks will be shot off a barge over the downtown harbor.

Stars & Stripes Celebration - Washington Park, Downtown Sandusky

Jul 4, 2016; 11 am-3 pm

This is a family-friendly holiday event. There will be a parade, children activities, concession stands, musical entertainment, and more.

For detailed information on 4th of July holiday events or ideas for other ways to enjoy the long weekend, visit SHORESandISLANDS.com.

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