Looking for fireworks, parades or other Fourth of July holiday events? Here’s what’s happening in the area today:
Akron — Rib, White & Blue Festival, South Main Street between Bowery and State streets and Lock 3 Live, next to Civic Theatre. Concerts, children’s rides, inflatables and food, including barbecue vendors. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Fireworks about 9:45 p.m. at Lock 3 after Akron Symphony Orchestra Pops concert. Today’s concerts: Brass Band of the Western Reserve at 5 p.m. and Akron Symphony Orchestra Pops at 8 p.m.
Akron’s Castle Park neighborhood — Parade at 10:30 a.m. on Castle Boulevard starting at Dartmouth Avenue. Castle will be closed to traffic from Dartmouth to Garman Road from 10 a.m. to noon. Registration 10 to 10:25 a.m., $1 fee. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and military veterans invited to march. Prizes for most patriotically creative bikes and trikes, wagons and strollers, walkers and rollerbladers, best dressed pet.
Akron’s Highland Square neighborhood — Hereford Park, North Highland Avenue and Wye Drive. 11 a.m. parade. Sign-up at 10:30 a.m. Prizes for best decorations and costumes. Popsicles and henna artists.
Alliance — Festival at Silver Park on South Union Avenue, 4 p.m. to dusk. Alliance During the Turn of the Century (1900) Display. There will be barrel train rides, vintage games, sand sculpture, a scavenger hunt, face painting and a jump house, as well as food. Music will be provided by Cold Shot. Introduction of Carnation Queen candidates. Fireworks at dusk. Rain date Saturday.
Aurora — 5K and one-mile walk/run, Bicentennial Park, state Route 43 and East Pioneer Trail, 8 a.m. (registration at 7 a.m.). Parade starts at 11 a.m. at Barrington Town Square. Festival from noon to 4 p.m. at Kiwanis Moore Park. Fireworks at Pioneer baseball fields, 9:45 p.m.
Canton — Military band concert at 8 p.m., William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum, 800 McKinley Monument Drive. Bring a chair or blanket or sit on the steps of the monument. Food vendors available. Fireworks at dusk.
Chippewa Lake — Parade starts at 1 p.m. at Gloria Glens Town Hall on Lake Road and ends at Lions Park. Water ski show at 5:30 p.m. at Chippewa Lake Beach, Beachside Boulevard and Longacre Lane. Cardboard boat race begins after the show.
Fairlawn — Parade starts at 6:30 p.m. in front of Fairlawn Town Centre, heading west on West Market Street to Ghent Road, ending in Dillard’s parking lot at Summit Mall. Trophies will be handed out to floats, marching units, bands and novelty units.
Hiram — Family activities and bike decorating at Hiram Christian Church, noon to 1:30 p.m. Classic cars and fire department vehicle display, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Parade at 1:30 p.m. marches north on Hayden and Dean streets, left on Hinsdale Street, south to Peckham Avenue, down state Route 82, then back to the church. Community Band outdoor concert of patriotic songs at 4 p.m. Ice cream social and big band dance with Garrettones from 8 to 10 p.m.
Medina —Annual Twin Sizzler Races from 6 to 11:30 a.m., including a 5K run, a 10K run and a one-mile Fun Run. Race-day registration at Garfield Elementary School. Parade at 6 p.m. at Spring Grove and Liberty streets, ending at parking lot behind the courthouse. Kiwanis Ice Cream Social from 4 to 10 p.m. in the Public Square. Medina Community Band concert at 8:30 p.m. at Uptown Park Gazebo.
North Canton — Two-mile race at 8:10 a.m. and five-mile race at 8:30 a.m. at the North Canton Y. Firecracker Dash for ages 6 and under at 7:45 a.m. Parade at 10:30 a.m. from Memorial Stadium, heading west to Main Street, south to Harmon Street, west to North Canton Middle School. Celebration in the Park near the stadium at 6 p.m. Food and entertainment from rock group Electramode. Fireworks at dusk at Dogwood Park.
Spencer — Fishing derby, 8 to 10 a.m., Spencer Reservoir for ages 16 and under. Spencer Village and Township residents only. Parade at 4 p.m. from the police station to Firestone Memorial Park. Fireworks at dusk.
Stow — Firecracker Run at 7:30 a.m. from Holy Family Catholic Church. Parade steps off at Stow-Kent Shopping Center on Kent Road at 10 a.m., ending at Holy Family, 3163 Kent Road.
Twinsburg — The annual reading of the Declaration of Independence at 1 p.m. on the square. It will be read by state, county and local elected officials. Free ice cream. Bring your picnic lunch and a chair.
Valley City — Parade lines up at 10 a.m., from the depot on Center Road and ends at Mill Stream Park. Entertainment all day at the park. Fireworks at dusk.
Wadsworth — Concert at 7 p.m. with Wadsworth Community Band on the lawn in front of O.J. Work Auditorium.
Wooster — Food vendors and other activities starting at 5 p.m. at the Kinney property at Burbank and Oldman roads and Ida Sue Soccer Field. Ohio National Guard display of military vehicles. Air Bear helicopter will land at 7 p.m. Fireworks about 10 p.m.
Orrville — Carnival midway with rides, games and food at Orr Park. ASA Girls 14-and-under Fast Pitch Softball Tournament Thursday-Saturday. Fireworks about 10:15 p.m. Saturday.
Kent — The 17th annual Heritage Festival, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. downtown. Craft and food vendors will line Main, North and South Water and Erie streets. Entertainment on three stages all day and activities for all ages. A car show will take place on College Street. The Tree City 5K Run starts at 7 p.m. at Dix Stadium. Fireworks downtown scheduled for 10 p.m. have been cancelled, but could be reinstated if significant rain falls before Saturday.