The most recognizable Independence Day tradition in the United States is fireworks. Many cities and communities around the country host their own events to recognize the July 4, 1776, signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Here in Cleveland, the most iconic Independence Day celebration takes place along the shore of Lake Erie, with bright pyrotechnics reflecting off the water. Downtown Cleveland Inc. will host a free watch party in Voinovich Park on the holiday itself from 5 to 11 p.m. with music, games, food and more. The 20-minute Light Up the Lake fireworks display—set off from the Port of Cleveland’s Dock 20—will begin at 10 p.m. The display can be seen from several locations along the lake, including The Flats, Edgewater Park and the Superior Viaduct.
But if you’re looking for something a bit different, there are many cities in the area that join in on the celebrations. We’ve got you covered with four other July 4 events occurring around Cuyahoga County below.
Independence Day festivities are a full-day affair in Westlake. On the morning of July 4, a parade will make its way through the city and a classic car show will allow locals to show off their prized vehicles. Families also can visit Clague Park for face painting, balloon twisters and food vendors.
At dusk, fireworks will fill the sky.
Special activities also will be held throughout the day at the Westlake Aquatics Center and Peterson Pool for residents.