Mark the nation's most patriotic holiday with music and flag waving. From Wooster and Canton to Cleveland, Kent and Akron, Northeast Ohio celebrates the Independence Day holiday with a variety of concerts featuring Classical, Jazz and Folk artists performing under exploding pyrotechnic displays. Most events are free and are suitable for all ages and may be especially appreciated by lovers of Sousa marches and Tchaikovsky's anthemic 1812 overture.
Fairlawn Fireworks & Concert
Bicentennial Park, Fairlawn
Fireworks July 1 at 10p.m.
A two hour performance by the Brass Band of Western Reserve will begin at 8:00p.m., following with a brilliant fireworks display. The rest of the festival will include fun activities the entire family can enjoy as well as a Fourth of July parade at 6:30p.m. on Wednesday.
Akron Rib, White & Blue Festival-Ohio's Largest 4th of July Rib Festival
Lock 3: Downtown Akron
Fireworks July 4 at 9:50p.m.
This festival features some of the biggest and baddest rib vendors from Ohio, Texas, the Carolinas and Tennessee. Enjoy their finger-licking, deliciously tasting rib recipes as entrants compete for cash prizes and bragging rights.
The Akron Symphony Orchestra Pops Concert will begin at 8p.m.
Cedar Point - July 4th Weekend
Fireworks on July 3 & 4
Take a ride on one of the park's famous coasters during Cedar Point's extended hours for the holiday. There will be fireworks over the lake on Sunday and Monday and all members of the military can get in for free with ID. Also, buy a ticket for the Picnic at the Point endless brat buffet.
Nelson Ledges Quarry Park – Fourth-of-July celebration and Gratefulfest
Nelson Ledges, Garrettsville
Thur.- Sun. $90
This annual celebration is a tribute to Independence Day as well as the Grateful Dead. On the list of musicians for this 4-day extravaganza: Wookiefoot, Rusted Root, and David Gans and many more. There will also be fireworks, skydivers, magicians, clowns, food and vendors. Camping is available.
Ted "burning man" Batchelor will perform a full body burning Friday night. In 2004, Ted set the Guinness World Record for the longest body burning at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park.
Akron Symphony Orchestra Pops Concert at Lock 3
Lock 3 Park
Fireworks on July 4 at 9:50p.m.
The Akron Symphony Orchestra returns with a 4th of July pops concerts of American classics, featuring trumpet soloist Bryon Stripling of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, who played the lead in the musical "Satchmo."
Kent Heritage Festival
July 7, 9a.m.-11p.m.
Fireworks (canceled due to weather conditions)
The all-day festival features historic train rides, Ducks Over the Falls, children's play area, food, crafts, music and entertainment on three stages.
The Cleveland Orchestra Star Spangled Spectacular
Public Square, Downtown Cleveland
Continuing its tradition since 1989, The Cleveland Orchestra will present a concert in Downtown Cleveland. Brought to you by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and led by Jahja Ling, this year's tribute will end with Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture and fireworks.
The Cleveland Orchestra - America the Beautiful and Salute to the U.S.A. concerts
July 3 and 4 at 8 p.m.
Blossom Music Center
$19 and up
The Cleveland Orchestra will perform two shows at the Blossom Music Center this year. Led by Jahja Ling with pianist Inon Barnatan,America the Beautiful includes Tchaikovsky's 1812 and Gershwin's An American in Paris
Salute to America will be a Fourth-of-July favorite. Conducted by Loras John Schissel and narrated by Robert Conrad, this show features a salute to the U.S. Armed Forces, Sousa marches as well as Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.
Both concerts end in fireworks!
Greater Cleveland Aquarium - Red, White & Brew
July 4 from 6p.m.-8p.m.
200 Sycamore St., Cleveland
Children (Ages2-12): $11.95
Guests can explore Cleveland's aquarium while enjoying outdoor entertainment with alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages and concession. Fireworks overlooking the Cuyahoga River and the city will top off the night. VIP seating is available.
Ohio Light Opera - Pops Concert
July 4 at 7 p.m.
Public Square, Wooster
In cooperation with Main Street Wooster, the Ohio Light Opera orchestra and members of the performing company present the organization's annual outdoor pops concert in downtown Wooster, featuring a selection of patriotic tunes.
Canton- Summer Sounds: Patriotic Concert in the Park
July 7 from 3p.m. to 4p.m.
Petros Lake Park, Canton
Bring a blanket or chair to watch the Canal Fulton-Clinton Community Band perform a variety of patriotic pieces.