Communities throughout Lorain County will celebrate the nation’s independence with parades, entertainment and fireworks. Communities not listed are not holding scheduled public events. Here is a list of events:
Avon’s Fourth of July fireworks will be after the Lake Erie Crushers games at Sprenger Stadium, 2009 Baseball Blvd., at 9:45 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. The games start at 7:05 p.m.
Fireworks will be at dusk Tuesday at Weiss Fields. The city’s annual Independence Day celebration also celebrates its bicentennial with food trucks, games and more.
The 2018 City of Elyria Great American Picnic and Fireworks Show is Tuesday at West Park, 1200 Foster Ave. The rain date is Friday. Festivities kick off at 4 p.m. with live music, food trucks, bounce houses and kids games. The fireworks show will begin at dusk.
The village of Grafton July festivities will kick off at 9:45 p.m. Tuesday with its annual fireworks show. Preferred parking is at Willow Park. Overflow parking is in nearby Reservoir Park.
Fourth of July parade participants should gather 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Grafton Police Station, at the corner of Mechanic and Chestnut streets. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. and proceed down Chestnut Street to Railroad Street, then on to Main Street. Businesses, organizations and public officials can participate and can register by contacting Village Hall by email to email@example.com.
As part of the celebration, the Kiwanis Kourt Project dedication will be noon Wednesday in North Park to celebrate the newly renovated basketball court that will be renamed Kiwanis Kourt. The efforts of the Midview Kiwanis, working with a grant from The Ross Foundation Inc., funded the installation of three new backboards and the resurfacing and restriping of the basketball surface. The village of Grafton added drainage and a paved walkway to the newly renovated facility.
Finally, budding artists, or those with a passion for chalk art, are encouraged to show off their talents by coloring the downtown street-side sidewalks starting at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Participants are asked to meet at the Bicentennial Park gazebo. Supplies and sidewalks are first-come, first-served. Participants will be judged by members of Midview Kiwanis, and prizes will be awarded.
Fireworks will be at dusk Wednesday at Mile Long Pier.
The annual “Star Spangled Celebration” will be 7 p.m. Tuesday in South Central Park, 7565 Avon Belden Road. The free family event will include bounce houses, face painting and live music. Food can be purchased during the event. The firework show will be at dark. The rain date for fireworks only is Thursday.
Bainbridge Road will be closed between Root Road and state Route 83 starting at 1 p.m. Tuesday and will re-open at 8 a.m. Wednesday.
Oberlin will hold its fireworks 10 to 11 p.m. Wednesday at Hamilton Recreation Complex, 225 W. Hamilton St.
The 99th annual Rochester Fourth of July Homecoming will start 8 a.m. Wednesday at the Eagle Street Park and Fire Station in Rochester. The food tent will be open all day, including the morning hours serving coffee and goodies. There will be hot dogs, hot sandwiches, fries and beverages available. The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. The Rochester Historical Society will host an open house noon to 5 p.m. There will be contests, rides and entertainment. A free fireworks display will be at sunset, sponsored by the Homecoming Committee and Rochester Volunteer Fire Department.
The Village of South Amherst has turned 100. In celebration of the centennial, the village will be hosting a community picnic 1 to 5 p.m. today at South Amherst Community Park.
Annual Fourth of July activities will start with a parade and car show presented by the Liverpool Township Historical Society. The parade lineup is 10 a.m. Wednesday behind Valley City Family Medicine. The parade steps off at 11 a.m. and ends at Mill Stream Park where all activities will be held. Fireworks will go off at dusk, viewable from Mill Stream Park.
Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration in Village Park for two days. Tuesday is an ice cream social, Patriots Band concert and fireworks at dusk at the fairgrounds. Wednesday is the parade, car show, games and prizes at Village Park.