The 4th of July holiday is coming up in a few weeks! It is a time for family and friend gatherings, parades, picnics and fireworks. This year, the 4th of July falls on a Monday, giving us a long holiday weekend to enjoy the many fun events in the area.
History of 4th of July
The 4th of July or Independence Day celebrates the day, July 4, 1776, that the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence from England. The representatives of the 13 colonies voted in favor of independence from Great Britain on July 2nd, but the Declaration of Independence of officially signed and adopted by the members on July 4th. The day has been celebrated since the time of the American Revolution with patriotic concerts, family picnics and gatherings, and fireworks. Massachusetts was the first state to make July 4th an official state holiday and Independence Day became a federal holiday in 1870 and an official paid holiday in 1941.
Fourth of July Safety Tips
Fourth of July will be a long weekend of picnics with friends and family, parades and fireworks demonstration to celebrate our country’s 240th birthday. The holiday is always a lot of fun, but it can also be very dangerous due to mishandling and misuse of fireworks and improper grilling techniques. The Consumer Product Safety Commission conducted a survey between June 20th and July 20th 2014 on the injuries caused by fireworks. The study found that 230 people on average go to the emergency room during those thirty days with fireworks related injuries with over 50% of these injuries listed as burns. 74% of those injured were men! The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) put out a report stating that more fires were reported on Independence Day than any other day of the year! Fireworks accidents account for 2 out of 5 of these reported fires.
Tips for Fireworks Safety
It is recommended to attend public fireworks shows put on by professionals that we have listed above, but if you do plan on setting off fireworks, there are important fireworks safety tips that need to be followed.
- Obey all local laws pertaining to fireworks and displaying fireworks.
- Only use fireworks outside. Do not use pyrotechnics inside a building.
- Keep the children and pets at least 500 feet away from where fireworks are being shot off. Children should not be permitted to play with fireworks.
- Keep pets indoors if you are setting off fireworks. They could become agitated with the sights, sounds, and smells of fireworks.
- Have a hose, a bucket of water and a fire extinguisher on hand for emergency situations. Soak all of the fireworks after use in a bucket of water before throwing them in a metal garbage can.
- Point fireworks away from homes. Keep fireworks away from trees and brush as these materials are extremely flammable.
- Light one firework at a time. Do not relight “dud” fireworks. Properly dispose of the dud firework in water before depositing in a metal container.
- Do not use sparklers while sitting down and never throw them when they are lit. Also, teach children to not run when they are holding sparklers.
Fourth of July Events in the Cleveland Area
There are many fun 4th of July events for all ages in the Cleveland area for the weekend with fireworks events taking place in many suburbs.
Bay Days Festival
Bay Village hosts the annual Bay Days Festival June 30th through July 4th at Cahoon Memorial Park. There will be a classic car show, kids activities, carnival rides, a magic show and a gigantic fireworks display on Monday, July 4th at 9:45 pm.
Berea Grindstone Festival
The city of Berea has the Grindstone Festival at Coe Lake this holiday weekend. There will be fair food, rides, entertainment, vendors, fireworks and much more. Admission and parking is free.
Cleveland’s Fireworks and Events
Cleveland will put on their annual fireworks display at dusk from spot where Lake Erie meets the Cuyahoga River. There are many locations along the north coast to view the fireworks from Edgewater Beach to George Voinovich Park by the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. Samuel Adams presents the 5th Annual Red White and Brew Music Festival on July 4th at the Nautica Entertainment Complex on July 4th from 3 pm to 12 am. The Cleveland Aquarium will also be open extended hours for the event. A favorite holiday tradition is seeing the Cleveland Orchestra perform their 4th of July patriotic concerts at Blossom Music Festival on July 4th. Children under 18 are admitted free and there will be fireworks at the end of the performance.
Fairview Park Summerfest
Extend your 4th of July celebrations at Fairview Park’s Summerfest July 7th to 10th at Bohlken Park. This family friendly event includes an evening parade, carnival rides, entertainment, kid’s activities, classic car show and a fireworks display.
Lakewood Fourth of July Parade and Celebration
Lakewood hosts both a parade and spectacular fireworks display on July 4th. The parade steps off 10am at Lake Ave and Kenneth Drive and concludes at Lakewood Park. After the parade, there will be all day activities with games, food and fun for the entire family. The fireworks will take place at 9:45 pm after a concert by the Lakewood Project.
2016 BOOM! In North Olmsted
Enjoy fireworks a day early, on Sunday, July 3rd in North Olmsted as the city puts on 2016 BOOM! At Great Northern Mall. There will be food trucks, live music, activities for children, fireworks and much more. The events start at 7 pm and run to 11 pm.
The city of Strongsville will have its annual 4th of July fireworks show at Foltz Athletic Fields on Monday, July 4th. The fireworks will go off at 10pm.
Westlake 4th of July Celebrations
Westlake also hosts a parade and fireworks on July 4th. The city’s annual parade begins at Westlake High School and travels down Hilliard Boulevard to Clague Park. The parade kicks off at 10 am. Following the parade, there will be entertainment, concessions and more. The fireworks will take place at dusk weather permitting.
No matter how you celebrate the Fourth of July, Men’s Cuts wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday weekend!