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Here's how area communities will celebrate the Fourth of July

By Tandem Media Network • Jul 3, 2019 at 11:00 AM


Norwalk will celebrate Independence Day on Thursday, beginning with the parade at 10:30 a.m.

The parade will begin in front of Main Street School on Main Street and will travel west on Main, south on Benedict Avenue, south on Norwood Avenue and will conclude at the Huron County Fairgrounds. 

The line-up begins at 8 a.m.

All Huron County veterans and their children are invited to ride in the parade directly behind the U.S. Marine Corps colors. Transportation will be provided in 6-by-6 military trucks owned by Marine and Army veteran Bob Colish. The loading of the trucks will take place in front of the Norwalk Theatre beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing until 15 minutes before the start of the parade. Restroom facilities will be available as well as plenty of parking. Entertainment will be provided during the route of the parade.

Once the trucks have reached their destination at the Huron County Fairgrounds, riders without return transportation may — upon request — be shuttled back to their starting point. 

Also Thursday, the Mapletree Road Race will begin and end at the fairgrounds, starting at 8:30 a.m. Participants can run or walk. The assembly/chip timing pickup is at 7:30 p.m.

The seventh annual Norwalk Music Festival also will take place at the fairgrounds Thursday to Saturday. Admission to the event featuring concerts by local and area bands, vendors and more, is free on Thursday.

Norwalk’s annual fireworks display will take place at dusk Thursday at the fairgrounds.



GREENWICH — The 45th annual Fireman’s Festival will take place July 5 through 7 in downtown Greenwich. The parade will take place 11 a.m. Saturday on Main Street. The demolition derby will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday, with the fireworks show to follow.



ROCHESTER — The 100th annual Rochester Fourth of July Homecoming will be held Thursday at the Eagle Street Park and fire station in Rochester. The Fourth of July celebratory parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. A free fireworks display also will occur at the end of evening.


Cedar Point

SANDUSKY — Cedar Point will celebrate Independence Day with its annual Light Up The Point three-day event. In addition to overall festivities, the theme park will have firework performanes night Thursday through Saturday. The park will be open from 10 a.m. to midnight all three days.



SANDUSKY — The Stars & Stripes Festival will take place Thursday at Washington Park, 100 E. Washington St. Activities include food vendors, children activities, games, pony rides, and local bands at Washington Park's gazebo.



The Red, White, & Blues Bang will take place from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Huron Boat Basin, 330 Main St. Activities include live entertainment and a fireworks display.



CLYDE — Saturday will be the Clyde Aquatic Center’s 4th of July celebration. The event, which takes place noon to 6 p.m., will have free admission, with age-appropriate games during every swim break. The concession stand will be open, but guests also are allowed to bring food, drinks and coolers. Alcohol or glass containers/bottles aren’t allowed.


Port Clinton

PORT CLINTON — The 4th of July Celebration will take place from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday at Waterworks Park, East Perry and Jefferson streets. Activities include Star-Spangled Squirt Gun 5K Walk/Run, a Firecracker Cutie contest, live entertainment, food and fireworks.



FREMONT — The city’s annual Fourth of July celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday will take place multiple locations throughout Fremont. Activities include an office chair race, a car show, a patriotic concert and a fireworks display.



MARBLEHEAD — The Lakeside Chautauqua Independence Day celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to dusk Thursday at 236 Walnut Ave., Lakeside. Activities include a children's Bike Parade, a Fourth of July Float Parade, a cookout and fireworks.


Oak Harbor

OAK HARBOR — The Independence Day Celebration will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in downtown Oak Harbor along the Portage Riverbank. Activities include dances, live entertainment, a car show, beer tent, food concessions, giant inflatables and fireworks.



PUT-IN-BAY — Put-in-Bay’s Fourth of July festivities will take place from 6 p.m. to dusk at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, 93 Delaware Ave., Put-in-Bay. Activities include a free concert by Patriots Symphonic Band and fireworks displays at dusk.