It seems like just yesterday that we were enjoying the start of summer vacation while watching the Toledo Memorial Day Parade. But before we know it, it will be the weekend before the Fourth of July, and we’ll be left wondering what to do or where we can take our lawn chairs to get the best fireworks show view in town.
While watching a fireworks show on TV or lighting sparklers at home can be exciting, these local community events will make sure you capitalize on this exciting summer holiday in a more tangible way. There’s something so special about the taste of BBQ food, the feeling of bare feet in the grass, the smell of crackling sparklers in your hand, and the sight of breathtaking fireworks that crackle as they fall from the summer sky.
Mark your calendars for one of these Fourth of July activities in the Toledo area!
Toledo Mud Hens Game
Saturday, July 2 & Sunday, July 3 | Varying
Photo Courtesy of the Toledo Mud Hens
The Toledo Mud Hens are kicking off this American holiday weekend by playing America’s favorite pastime at Fifth Third Field, complete with several Fourth of July activities on both Saturday, July 2 and Sunday, July 3. They play the Indianapolis Indians on both Saturday and Sunday, at 7:05 p.m. and 6:05 p.m., respectively.
The gameday theme for both nights is Princess Night, where kids can meet some of their favorite princess characters, including Ariel, Rapunzel, Ella, Elsa, and Anna — either during the game or before at the exclusive Princess Party. Purchase a special ticket package to the Princess Party in The Roost for a special treat and opportunity to meet the visiting princesses!
On a more patriotic note, there will be a special Freedom Feast at The Armory and High 5 Rooftop in the Fleetwood Building from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on July 2 and 4:30 to 6 p.m. on July 3. Purchase your tickets ($37 per adult and $27 per child, which includes a game ticket) to enjoy food from their delicious menu. Dig into Fourth of July staples, including BBQ ribs and chicken, BBQ baked beans, cornbread, potato salad, potato chips, watermelon, Pepsi products, lemonade, and water.
End your perfect night with a spectacular fireworks show after the game, including some classic princess songs.
Old-Fashioned Fourth of July
Saturday, July 2 – Monday, July 4 | Varying
Photo courtesy of Sauder Village
Sauder Village is hosting an Old-Fashioned Fourth of July all weekend long, featuring special activities like hand-cranked ice cream, old-fashioned games, and patriotic songs played on a reed organ.
Sauder Village is Ohio’s largest living-history village on a 235-acre complex filled with authentic demonstrations and buildings, talented artisans, and engaging programs that bring history to life.
On Saturday and Monday, the Fourth of July activities are happening from 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sunday from 12–4 p.m.
Don’t miss a holiday brunch from 10 a.m.–3 p.m., and the special U.S. District Court Naturalization Ceremony at 11 a.m. on July 4 out on the Village Green!
Star Spangled Celebration
Sunday, July 3 | 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Photo courtesy of Centennial Terrace
Head to the Centennial Terrace in Sylvania on the Fourth of July Eve for a special Star Spangled Celebration. This is the area’s best fireworks show and party, extending from 7 p.m. all the way to midnight.
Enjoy live music by Randy & the Reef Sharks, dancing, clowns, activities for the kids, and lots of food and drinks, and of course, a spectacular fireworks show at 10 p.m. Tickets cost $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under, and parking costs $5 per car.
If you want to enjoy the fireworks elsewhere, you can see them clearly from Sylvania Pacesetter Park with a $5 parking charge per vehicle. Bring your own blankets or lawn chairs to the park and enjoy the various concessions available for purchase!
Independence Day Concert
Monday, July 4 | 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Photos courtesy of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
Enjoy an authentic American experience at the Independence Day Concert at the historic Hayes Home in Fremont from 2–3:30 p.m. on July 4. Bring some chairs and blankets to lay in the lawn in front of the home’s veranda, where the Toledo Symphony Concert Band will perform. In honor of the Hayes Presidential Library and Museums, the concert will also include dramatic readings of the diary and letters of President Rutherford, First Lady Lucy Hayes, and their son, Col. Webb Cook Hayes. At the end of the “1812 Overture”, Civil War reenactors will shoot off a cannon! Admission is completely free, so this is a Fourth of July event you simply cannot miss.
The Blade’s Red, White and KaBOOM Fireworks Celebration
Monday, July 4 | 4 p.m.
Photos courtesy of The Blade’s Red, White and KaBOOM Fireworks Celebration
Attend the largest annual fireworks extravaganza at The Blade’s Red, White and KaBOOM Fireworks Celebration at the Marina District starting at 4 p.m. on Monday, July 4.
Enjoy patriotic music from the U.S. Army Concert Band and Soldier’s Chorus just before the fireworks show, in addition to food and drinks available for purchase throughout the evening. The fireworks will be synchronized to music on radio station WRVF 101.5 “The River” and the presentation will be bigger and better than ever before, largely in part to the event moving downtown to allow more space for guests.
While admission to this enormous community event is free, there will be a charge for parking within the Marina District. A portion of the proceeds to this event will benefit the National Museum of the Great Lakes.
Happy Fourth of July, Toledo!