The Fourth of July is a great way to celebrate summer and your patriotism. If you’ve ever tried to go see fireworks or attend an event last minute on this holiday, you know that things can get a little crowded. Be sure to plan your celebrations ahead of time so you know exactly when to leave home to get a good spot and where to look for the fireworks. Below are some great options in the Cleveland area for fireworks, entertainment, food and fun!
A Salute To America
Blossom Music Center
1145 W, Steels Corners Road
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223
(216) 231-1111

Date: July 4, 2016 at 8 p.m.

If you’re looking for a unique way to celebrate the Fourth of July, head to Blossom Music Center for a wonderful show put on by the Cleveland Orchestra. Known as a Northeast Ohio Independence Day tradition, the orchestra plays a mix of Sousa marches, Broadway favorites and Armed Forces salute, and ends with the “1812 Overture.” Fireworks will follow the concert, weather permitting.

Lakewood Fourth Of July Parade
Lakewood Park
14532 Lake Ave.
Lakewood, OH 44107
(216) 529-5697

Date: July 4, 2016 at 10 a.m.

The City of Lakewood arranges a Fourth of July parade every year, which begins at Lake Avenue at Kenneth Drive and ends at Lakewood Park. Following the parade, the day will continue with games, food and activities and there will be musical entertainment at the bandstand in the park at 7:00 p.m. This is a great celebration for the entire family; the fun lasts all day, so you can come early and relax at home for the rest of the day or finish your summer celebrations in the park with the rest of the community.

July 4th Fireworks Cruise
The Nautica Queen
1153 Main Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 696-8888

Date: July 4, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

The Nautica Queen is a great place for any celebration, but especially for the Fourth of July. The cruise hosts a special holiday event every year — which has limited availability and fills up quickly, so book soon! — which runs from 6:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. and concludes with a fireworks show from “the best seat in the house.”

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Westlake Fourth Of July
Clague Park
Westlake, OH 44145
(440) 808-5700

Date: July 4, 2016 at 10 a.m.

The City of Westlake hosts a family-friendly Fourth of July celebration every year, with a parade beginning at the Westlake High School and proceeding to Clague Park. Clague Park is the site for fun activities all day long, including the 27th Annual Classic Car Show, a message from the mayor, foodvendors and a DJ all before the fireworks show, which will begin at dusk (weather permitting, of course).

Fireworks At Coe Lake
Coe Lake
Berea, OH 44017
(440) 243-8415

Date: July 4, 2016 at 10 p.m.

If you’re just looking for fireworks, Berea is hosting its own firework show at Coe Lake. Remember to bring a blanket or lawn chair and prepare to take in the nighttime show!

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Kaitlin Dershaw Durbin has spent the past 7 years living in and loving Cleveland. She enjoys making new discoveries, especially when it comes to the local food and arts community, and sharing them with others, hoping to spark similar love for the city in others. Find her other local profiles at