Six Amazing Places to Watch Fireworks at Ohio's Lake Erie Shores & Islands
Independence Day in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands is a celebration of small-town America with a coastal twist. Area visitors and locals are fortunate to have the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of dazzling fireworks displays, many over our spectacular Great Lake. Here are just six of the area’s Fourth of July fireworks displays and festivities, plus tips on how to get the best views.
Oak Harbor’s Independence Day Celebration
Festivities begin at 5 pm. There will be food vendors, entertainment, giant inflatables, a duck race on the Portage River, car show, 50/50 drawings, live music, and a beer garden. The night sky comes alive with a fireworks display at dusk.
Where to watch: The best place to watch the fireworks is downtown along the Portage Riverbank.
Put-in-Bay 4th of July Fireworks
Celebrate America's birthday first with a free concert by the Patriots Symphonic Band playing patriotic music at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial at 6 pm. Then, round out your holiday celebration at the annual Island Business Owners and Friends of the Bay-sponsored fireworks program at dark.
Where to watch: Fireworks display over the downtown harbor; great views from Perry’s Monument and downtown.
Port Clinton Area 4th of July Celebration
Begin the day with the Star-Spangled Squirt Gun 5K Walk/Run, then enter your child/grandchild in the Firecracker Cutie contest. Enjoy the Voices of Freedom concert, ice cream/hot dog/apple pie social, family dance party, and of course fireworks!
Where to watch: For best viewing of the fireworks, grab a blanket or lawn chair and head out to Waterworks Park.
Lakeside Chautauqua Independence Day
Fourth of July festivities 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; cookout at Lakeside Hotel lawn from 11 am-3 pm; and fireworks at 9:45 pm.
Where to watch: Catch a spectacular view of the fireworks along Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile or at Lakeside Pavilion.
Light Up the Point at Cedar Point
Celebrate Independence Day at a place like no other! Light Up the Point at Cedar Point will feature fireworks all three nights, pie eating contests, and so much more. Plus, there’s free admission for active, retired, or honorably discharged military members and active first responders.
Where to watch: The absolute best place to watch the fireworks is at the park, either on the midway or their beautiful mile-long beach.
Red, White, & Blues Bang in Huron
Begin the evening listening to the blues at the Huron Boat Basin and end it by watching a beautiful display of fireworks. Band performances start at 6 pm; fireworks begin at 10:15 pm.
Where to watch: Catch the fireworks from the Huron Boat Basin, Old Fish House, Lakefront Park, or Nickel Plate Beach.
Ohio's Lake Erie Shores & Islands
One of the Midwest’s hottest vacation spots, the region between Toledo and Cleveland provides an eclectic mix of historically significant sites, family-fun amusements, gorgeous scenery, and outdoor recreation.