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Independence Day celebrations abound in northwest Ohio

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    Fireworks over Toledo in 2017.

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    Layla Kitts of Holland, Ohio, sports a firework temporary tattoo during the Star Spangled Celebration at Centennial Terrace in Sylvania in 2017.

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    People watch the fireworks during the Star Spangled Celebration at Centennial Terrace in Sylvania in 2017.

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    A ticket to the Mud Hens game Sunday will also include access to the inflatable theme park in Hensville.

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    toledoworks04p The crowd watches fireworks at the Red White Kaboom fourth of July celebration at the Marina District in Toledo, Ohio, Sunday, July 4, 2016. The Blade/Cameron Hart

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    PBURGFIREWORKS4 The sky lights up during the Bicentennial Fireworks Display Sunday, July 3, 2016, at Fort Meigs in Perrysburg. Thousands of people gathered to celebrate the Fourth of July. The city of Perrysburg is also celebrating their 200th anniversary this year. THE BLADE/ KATIE RAUSCH

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Plenty of activities are planned to help you get in a patriotic frame of mind. Here’s a look at many of the holiday-related events you’ll find in the region.


Toledo events

● Fireworks Cruise: Sandpiper Boat will depart downtown from Promenade Park at 7 p.m. for a two-hour cruise with pizza, pop, and water provided. The cost is $50 per ticket.

● Fourth in the 419: A fireworks display in downtown Toledo that starts at 10 p.m. Various viewing parties and participating venues can be found here.

 ● Hensville Park: Performance by the Grape Smugglers at 6 p.m. followed by free downtown fireworks viewing party.

 ● ProMedica Summer Concert Series at Promenade Park: The Classic Rock Experience at 6:15 p.m. followed by the Toledo Symphony at 9 p.m. Fireworks starting at 10:05. The downtown show is free. No outside food or beverages are allowed but food and drink will be available for purchase. Rooftop viewing parties at Holy Toledo Rooftop at 6 p.m., Fleetwood’s Rooftop at 6 p.m., and at the Heights. (Tickets available for all three online.)

 ● Middlegrounds Metropark: Watch the downtown Toledo fireworks and camp out under the stars. You can still register for a camping spot by calling 419-407-9723. Space is limited. $55 for a family of five.

 Other events

 ● Fort Meigs Independence Day 1813: Celebration from noon to 5 p.m. at Fort Meigs (29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg). Re-creation of the original 1813 Independence Day at 2 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free for those under 5.

 ● Lakeside, Ohio: Fireworks from 9:45 to 10:30 p.m. at the Lakeside Dock. (Rain date Thursday.)

● Light Up the Point at Cedar Point: A full day of fun culminating in a fireworks display around 10:30 p.m. at Cedar Point.

● Napoleon Parks and Recreation 4th of July Celebration: Fireworks at Glenwood Park at 10 p.m. There are other activities from Monday through Wednesday.

● Port Clinton: Daylong events end with fireworks at 10 p.m. best viewed from Waterworks Park or City Beach.

● Put-in-Bay: Fireworks at dusk, around 10 p.m. Best viewing locations are on the Perry’s Victory lawn and along the seawall.

● Sauder Village Old Fashioned 4th of July Weekend: A weekend of old-fashioned activities like hand-cranked ice cream and patriotic songs on the reed organ. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Wednesday through July 7 at Sauder Village. Starting at 11 a.m. July 4, the U.S. District Court Naturalization Ceremony will be held on the Village Green.

● Tiffin: Family fun for all ages from noon to 10:30 p.m. at Hedges Boyer Park (491 Coe St.). Eric Sowers band playing from 6 to 10 p.m. with fireworks to follow.

● Waterville’s Red White and Boom Festival: Live entertainment, food, and more from 6 to 9 p.m. at Waterville Primary School (457 Sycamore Lane). Fireworks at 10 p.m.


● Oregon BoomFest: Live entertainment, food, drink, and activities at Oak Shade Grove (3624 Seaman Rd.) starting at 6:15 p.m. Fireworks to follow a performance by featured artist Lou Gramm after dark.

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