10 Fourth of July Weekend Events in Toledo You Shouldn’t Miss
In the midst of grilling season, pool season and summer vacations, we get to celebrate one of the greatest holidays of the year — Independence Day. 241 years ago, our founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, and the United States of America was born. We get to celebrate the Fourth of July on a Tuesday this year, but you can feel festive throughout the weekend with all the fun events happening in our city.
From fireworks to 5Ks, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite Fourth of July weekend events in Toledo this year. So go ahead and grab your star spangled apparel, and make this a weekend to remember.
The Hensville Craft Beer Tasting | July 1
The popular Mud Hens craft beer tasting series will return for the 2017 season on July 1! This will be the first for the year, and will feature a large variety of cold brews from local watering holes for you to sample. As if that wasn’t enough, you’ll also have access to an all-you-can-eat buffet, a baseball ticket, a souvenir gift, and a raffle ticket that will open up the chance to win great prizes. Join in the fun at Hensville on Fleetwood’s rooftop!
The Luna Pier Freedom Festival | July 1
The annual Luna Pier Freedom Festival is the perfect precursor to the Fourth of July. After perusing some of the city-wide yard sales, head over to the Luna Pier to spend the day (and evening) with your family. There will be food, fun and fireworks!
Old Fashioned 4th of July Weekend at Sauder Village | July 1-4
What better way to celebrate our nation’s history than by stepping back in time? Sauder Village, Ohio’s largest living history exhibit, will be hosting a full weekend filled with hand cranked ice cream, old fashioned games, and patriotic songs played on the reed organ. All veterans and active duty military members will receive free admission to the festivities.
The Centennial Terrace and Quarry is already one of Toledo’s favorite places to be during the summer months, but on the eve of Independence Day, the venue will light up with one of the best fireworks displays in the area. The party will begin at 7 p.m. with live music, dancing, family-friendly activities, and plenty of food and beverages. Make sure to stick around for the fireworks show at 10 p.m.!
Start your day off right with a little bit of a workout! Second Sole of Toledo will host a race at Starr Elementary School on a flat, out-and-back course. Participants will receive a tee shirt for signing up, (and will feel also better about those freshly grilled burgers and brats later)! You can register up until race day, so don your red, white and blue, and run like the wind.
Independence Day Concert at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library | July 4
Celebrate Independence Day at a commemorative library and museum named for one of our nation’s presidents! The Toledo Symphony Concert Band will play patriotic tunes on the verandah while you enjoy the performance on the lawn (bring your own blanket). Civil War re-enactors will end the performance with a bang with cannonfire during the “1812 Overture”.
Independence Day Celebration at Put-in-Bay | July 4
Take the ferry to Put-in-Bay for a day full of music, fireworks and festivities. The annual Freedom Concert, featuring the Flyin’ Jays, will kick off at 4:30 p.m. with foot-stomping tunes in the open air. Afterward, head out to the water’s edge and find a spot to enjoy the fireworks, which will be launched from a barge on Lake Erie.
You’re sure to have a blast at Fort Meigs, where soldiers will re-enact the Fourth of July celebration of 1813 with gun salutes and cannon fire. There will also be hands-on activities and demonstrations for the kids, and live fife and drum music. It’s the best way to have a little patriotic fun and learn about our area’s history while you’re at it!
Most of these festivities will occur on the Fourth, but don’t miss the Perrysburg fireworks, which will launch on the evening of July 3 from the memorial site!
You’ll have the best seats in the house for the Toledo fireworks show with a spot on the water! Enjoy a two-hour cruise on the Maumee River on the Sandpiper, complete with stunning views of downtown and a BYOB celebration.While a ride on this beloved riverboat is always a memorable experience, this one is sure to end with a bang.
One of the largest fireworks shows in Ohio will take place in our hometown just off the shores of the Maumee River in the Marina District. The free event draws thousands in annually to enjoy food, drinks, live music, and of course the main event! Don’t miss out on the fun.
Happy Independence Day!
What is your favorite Fourth of July tradition? We’d love to hear about it in the comments!