Any good planning for fireworks and other Fourth of July festivities has to take into account the possibility of traffic problems, especially in downtown Toledo.
Boat and vehicle traffic will be blocked at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Bridge during and immediately before and after the downtown Toledo fireworks display Monday, the city transportation division announced.
The Pharm Lights the Night Fireworks/FamilyFest is part of a number of activities taking place Monday that will draw thousands of people downtown along the Maumee River.
The bridge will remain in the "down" position for about two hours, beginning about 8:45 p.m. It will close to vehicular traffic at this time, but remain available to pedestrians for the fireworks' duration, which are scheduled to begin about 10 p.m.
At 10:45 p.m., the King bridge will be opened for boats. After all boat traffic has cleared, the bridge will be reopened to vehicles.
Also at 8:45, Summit Street will be closed between Monroe and Cherry streets. Eastbound Jackson and Adams streets and Jefferson Avenue all will be barricaded at St. Clair Street. These streets will reopen once pedestrians have cleared the area after the fireworks display, which is scheduled to start at 10 p.m.
City officials urge show-goers to arrive early and park on the side of downtown closest to where they will be going after the fireworks. Tow trucks will remove any vehicles parked in restricted areas. Motorists leaving the area after the show are urged to be patient, follow police instructions, and avoid blocking intersections.
On Sunday night, the Maumee-Perrysburg Bridge will be closed from 8 to 11 p.m. for the fireworks display there. The Ohio Department of Transportation will post a detour using the Anthony Wayne Trail (U.S. 24), I-475/U.S. 23, and State Rt. 25.
The rain date for the Maumee-Perrysburg display is Tuesday.
The weekend's activities in Toledo kick off tonight with a Rally by the River performance by The Menus, a rock and pop band known for their stage antics. A $5 cover will be charged for the Rally, which runs from 5:30 to 9:30 at Promenade Park.
Other northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan holiday weekend activities include:
Adrian: Parade begins at 9 a.m. on Monday at the intersection of Maumee and Greenly Streets and finishes at the Lenawee County Fairgrounds. Food, games and entertainment all day at the fairgrounds with fireworks at dusk.
Blissfield: Fireworks at dusk July 8 at Ellis and Clara Bachmayer Parks as part of the River Raisin Festival, which runs until July 10.
Bowling Green: Fireworks at dusk Monday at the Bowling Green State University intramural fields.
Clyde: Celebration at Community Park Sunday, including a classic car show from 2 to 6 p.m., music, a volleyball tournament at 10 a.m. and free pool admission from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fireworks at dusk.
Defiance: Fair at Kinsbury Park from 10 a.m. tonight. Fireworks in Kingsbury Park at 10 p.m. Rain date is tomorrow.
Findlay: Fireworks at Hancock County Fairgrounds at dusk Sunday. Festivities from noon to 10 p.m. Monday at Riverside Park including patriotic music, family races and games, free canoes and swimming.
Fremont: Festivities begin with a free Toledo Symphony Concert Band concert with cannon-fire accompaniment from 2 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. Monday at the Hayes Presidential Center. Parade at 5 p.m. at Birchard Park. Fireworks at dusk can be viewed from Walsh or Roger Young Parks.
Grand Rapids: Ride on the canal boat "The Volunteer", listen to brass band music and watch blacksmiths, wood carvers and candle makers at work between noon and 5 p.m. Monday at Providence Metropark.
Hillsdale: Festivities at the Hillsdale County Fairgrounds include an Army Jazz Band concert at 7 p.m. tonight, a parade at 10 a.m. starting at the intersection of Fayette and Union Streets tomorrow, a tractor pull at 2 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday and fireworks at 10 p.m. Monday.
Holland: Freedom Celebration from noon tomorrow at Community Homecoming Park, including a chicken dinner, music, and games for kids. Fireworks display at 10.15 p.m. Rain date Sunday.
Huron: Red White and Blues Bang from 6 p.m. tomorrow at the Huron Boat Basin featuring live music by Teeny Tucker and Hadden Sayels. Fireworks at 10.15 p.m.
Lima: Celebrations begin at 9 a.m. on Monday at Faurot Park with a 5K fun run-walk, and include food, music, sports, and a kids' zone. Fireworks at 10 p.m.
Luna Pier: All day celebration tomorrow including garage sales across town and music on the public beach with fireworks at 10 p.m. at the Clyde R. Evans Municipal Pier. A boat parade of lights will follow the fireworks.
Maumee: Pre-fireworks party from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday on Wayne Street just East of Conant Street, including food, music and kids entertainments. Fireworks at dark on the Maumee-Perrysburg bridge. Bridge closed to traffic from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Monroe: Concerts at 5 p.m. tonight and 6 p.m. tomorrow at St. Mary's Park Bandshell as part of the Liberte Lights Up Monroe festival. Fireworks at dusk Saturday.
Napoleon: Festivities run from today to Monday at Glenwood Park and include basketball, golf and softball contests, music, and games. Pre-registration required for some events. Fireworks at 10 p.m. Monday.
Norwalk: Parade at 10.30 a.m. Monday starts at Main Street School and ends at the Huron County Fairgrounds. Fireworks at dusk.
Ottowa: Celebration at Country Acres Golf Club from 7 p.m. Sunday, including rides, and food. Fireworks at 10 p.m.
Perrysburg: War of 1812 re-enactments at Fort Meigs State Memorial Park; from 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow to Monday. Live music at 8 p.m. Sunday. Fireworks at dusk Sunday from the Maumee-Perrysburg Bridge.
Portage: Music at noon tomorrow at Portage Quarry. Parade at 11 a.m. Monday from North Portage to Enright Park where activities will include a climbing wall, an antique car show and mini tractor pull.
Port Clinton: Festivities start between 6 and 8 p.m. Sunday at the gazebo in Adam's Street Park including music and ice cream. Parade at 12.30 p.m. Monday from Port Clinton High School, followed by food at the American Legion Hall and music at Adam's Street Park at 4 p.m. Fireworks at Water Works Park at dusk.
Put-In-Bay: Celebrations at the Perry Memorial begin with the Firelands Symphony at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Fireworks and laser display at dark Monday.
Sandusky: Stars and Stripes Community Celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Washington Street and Columbus Avenue. Fireworks at Cedar Point Amusement Park at 10 p.m., which are free with admission. Rain date July 5.
Springfield: Freedom Celebration from noon tomorrow at Community Homecoming Park, including a chicken dinner, music and games for kids. Fireworks display at 10.15 p.m. Rain date Sunday.
Swanton: Celebration from 6 p.m. tomorrow at Swanton High School Stadium includes music and food. Fireworks at 10 p.m. Rain date is Sunday.
Sylvania: Star Spangled Celebration from 7 p.m. to midnight Sunday at Centennial Terrace including live music, food and rides. Fireworks at 10 p.m.
Van Wert: Celebrations begin with a concert at 7 p.m. tonight at Fountain Park and continue all day Monday from 7 a.m. with a pancake and sausage breakfast and a bike tour, followed by a car show, craft fair and other entertainment at locations around town. The annual parade starts at 11 a.m. at Main Street and fireworks will be at Smiley Park at 10 p.m.
Waterville: Fireworks at 10 p.m. Monday. Watch from behind the fire station or from Waterville Primary School on Sycamore Lane.
Wauseon: Events Sunday include 12 and under girls softball from noon at Wauseon Ball Park, games at the public pool, and fireworks at dusk at the high school's Harmon Field.
Woodville: Celebrations Sunday at Trailmaker Park include a kids parade, fun run and fireworks display at 10 p.m. Sunday.