The post offices will be closed Thursday in observance of Independence Day. Only Express Mail will be delivered that day. Normal delivery will resume Friday and most post offices will be open.
Trash will not be collected Thursday by the city of Elyria, Allied Waste or Rumpke Waste. Those customers whose trash is normally picked up Thursday will see their waste collected Friday, and normal Friday pickup will be collected Saturday.
Regular trash service resumes next week.
Lorain County government offices and courts will be closed Thursday and reopen Friday for regular business hours.
- AMHERST — Nothing is planned.
- AVON — The city will co-sponsor fireworks displays following Thursday and Friday night’s Lake Erie Crushers baseball games at All-Pro Freight Stadium.
- AVON LAKE — Avon Lake residents are invited to celebrate our nation’s birthday at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Weiss Field with music and festivities. Fireworks will begin after dusk.
- ELYRIA — Nothing is planned.
- GRAFTON — The village will celebrate the holiday with a parade at noon Thursday. Line-up for the parade is 11 to 11:30 a.m. at Reservoir Park. The parade will travel down Main Street and end at Railroad Street. There will be a fireworks watch party 5 to 10 p.m. at Willow Park. Parking is available at Willow Park. Fireworks will go off at dark.
- LAGRANGE — Nothing is planned.
- LORAIN — Port Fest will be 5 to 11 p.m. Wednesday at Black River Landing. Fireworks will begin 10 p.m. The event also features live music, children’s activities, craft vendors and festival food. Black River boat tours and tours of the Lorain lighthouse also will be available.
- NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The city will host fireworks with its annual Party in the Park at South Central Park on Wednesday. The event features family-friendly entertainment and activities 7 to 9:30 p.m., followed by fireworks at dusk. This year’s entertainment includes inflatable bounce houses, a children-friendly deejay by Music Connection, balloon twisters, food vendors and music by The Ray Bans the island and beach party band.
- OBERLIN — The city will have fireworks at dusk Wednesday at the Hamilton Recreation Complex off Hamilton Street. Starting about 6 p.m., Hamilton Street will be one-way-only westbound. Anyone planning to attend the show may park in the Hamilton Recreation Complex parking lot and at Splash Zone after it closes at 8 p.m. until these lots are full.
Visitors also are encouraged to walk, bike or carpool to this event. Rain date is Friday. Kendal at Oberlin has a list of events planned to celebrate Independence Day. At 10 a.m. Thursday, there will be the annual parade around the Heiser Circle at Kendal. This year the parade is part of Kendal’s 20th anniversary celebration. The parade includes cohorts of residents organized by year of entry to the community beginning with 1993 and continuing through 2013. Within the groups, some will march, ride bikes or travel by wheelchair. Following the parade is a program “Creating a ‘More Perfect’ Union — a Look at America’s History through the Words of Those Who Lived It.” The voices heard, read by Kendal at Oberlin residents, are those of Abigail Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thurgood Marshall, Frederick Douglass, Lucy Stone, Carrie Chapman Catt and Lyndon Johnson.
- ROCHESTER — There will be a parade at 10:30 a.m. The Rochester Historical Society will be open noon to 5 p.m. and two bands will perform downtown near the fire station beginning at 4:30 p.m. A fireworks display will begin at dusk and a food tent will be open beginning at 8 a.m.
- SHEFFIELD — Nothing is planned.
- SHEFFIELD LAKE — Nothing is planned.
- SOUTH AMHERST — Nothing is planned.
- VERMILION — Nothing is planned.
- WELLINGTON — Independence Day activities get under way 6 p.m. Wednesday with an ice cream social on the village square in front of town hall, with musical entertainment provided by the Patriots Symphonic Band. Fireworks will be at dusk at the fairgrounds. The rain date is Friday. On Thursday, events begin at noon on the village square with a pet parade, live music, food vendors and games until 2 p.m. A tractor pedal-pull contest will be staged 1 to 2 p.m. The parade begins at 3 p.m. from town hall on South Main Street north to Herrick Avenue where it will proceed east to the athletic fields on Herrick Avenue (state Route 18). A frog-jumping contest concludes the day’s events at 4:30 p.m.