Independence Day celebrations planned throughout the area

Press Staff Writer

Toledo’s Fourth in the 419
        Fourth in the 419, presented by Owens Corning, will be a multi-day downtown celebration leading up to Independence Day.
        Downtown Toledo is taking one of the most exciting nights of the year and stretching it into seven straight days of non-stop entertainment and family fun, beginning June 28, and capping it off with the Fourth in the 419 fireworks display high above the Maumee River on July 4.
        The multi-day festivities will feature multiple downtown concerts, six Mud Hens games with three post-game fireworks shows, and many family-friendly events and activities at Imagination Station, Metroparks Toledo, National Museum of the Great Lakes and more.
        World-class F1 powerboat racing returns to Toledo on June 29 at Rock the River Toledo at Promenade Park. And on July 4, the City of Toledo will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the historic Jess Willard vs. Jack Dempsey fight with a recreation of the world-famous fight at Detwiler Park. A full list of events can be found at
        “The city of Toledo is really excited about the Fourth in the 419. This will be an incredible seven days of fun for our community and I want to thank all of our partners and the downtown businesses helping to make this happen,” Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz said. “We hope this will be a record-breaking year for attendance downtown at Toledo’s Independence Day festivities.”
        The Fourth in the 419 comes to a roaring finish on July 4 with Toledo’s fireworks show beginning at 10 p.m. from International Park, along the Maumee River. The display will be synchronized to music and broadcast by iHeartRadio on 101.5 The River (WRVF-FM). Promenade Park and Hensville Park will host free public viewing parties with live entertainment leading up to the fireworks show. Fleetwood’s Tap Room, Holy Toledo Tavern, and The Heights at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel will hold rooftop viewing parties and Imagination Station will offer a riverfront viewing party at the H2O Café patio. The event will be held, rain or shine.
        “We are thrilled to play a part in this exciting event and look forward to welcoming many visitors to our community,” said Carla Nowak, president and CEO of Destination Toledo. “We are certain to ‘wow’ guests with the impressive line-up of events and activities planned out for families.”
        The Fourth in the 419 celebration is presented with support from Owens Corning, Destination Toledo, City of Toledo, Lucas County, ProMedica, Toledo Mud Hens, The Blade, Eyde Company, iHeart Media, Kwik Park, Downtown Toledo Improvement District, ConnecToledo, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, Fifth Third Bank, Metroparks Toledo, Toledo Walleye and Maumee Bay Brewing Company.
Oak Harbor sets Independence Day Celebration July 3
        Oak Harbor’s annual Independence Day Celebration will be held Wednesday, July 3 along the river in the village’s downtown. Festivities begin at 5 p.m.
        The celebration will include a Cruz`n Nights Car Show, food vendors, entertainment, giant inflatables, a Royal Duck Race, 50/50 raffles and a beer garden. Fireworks will cap off the night at dusk.
        The Mill Street riverfront activities schedule includes:
        5 p.m.: Infiniti Dance performance;
        5:30 p.m.: Class A Dance performance;
        6:30 p.m.: Harbor Lites performance;
        7:30-10 p.m.: Haywire;
        8 p.m.: Royal Duck Race;
        The Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce is seeking volunteers to help clean up on Thursday, July 4 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. To volunteer or learn more, call 419-898-0479.
Woodville 4th of July
        The annual Woodville 4th of July Celebration will be held July 4-6 in Trail Marker Park.
        The celebration will include games, midway rides, entertainment, food vendors, 5K Run/Walk, fireworks and more. There will also be a beer tent, which will open a day early on July 3.
        Daily highlights include:
        July 3: Beer Tent open; entertainment by Bernie BJ DeLee, 7:30 p.m.
        July 4: Midway opens, 5 p.m.; Car show, 5 p.m.; Chantel & the Thirsty Monkeys (front stage), 6 p.m.; Part-Timers (Beer Tent), 7:30 p.m.
        July 5: Midway opens, 5 p.m.; race registration, 5 p.m.; Tone Forge Trio (front stage), 6 p.m.; Kids 1-Mile Fun Run, 7:04 p.m.; 5K Race, 7:30 p.m.; Big Red Deluxe (Beer Tent), 7:30 p.m.
        July 6: Grand Parade featuring Grand Marshal “Big Nut,” noon; midway opens, noon; Taylor’s TKD/Dance (front stage), 1 p.m.; Woodville High School/Woodmore Reunion (Beer Tent), 2 p.m. Heidi’s Twirlers (tennis court), 6 p.m.; Kindred Soul (front stage), 6 p.m.; 4 Amp Fuse (Beer Tent), 7:30 p.m.; fireworks 10 p.m.
        Daily, there will be bingo at 6 p.m., big six at 7 p.m. and raffles at 11 p.m.
        For more information, visit:
Starship to headline 2019 Boomfest
        Starship, featuring Mickey Thomas, will headline the 2019 Boomfest, presented by the City of Oregon & BP Husky Saturday, July 6 from noon-midnight at Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Rd., Oregon.
        The band, whose hits include “We Built This City,” “Sara,” “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” and others, will take the stage at 8:45 p.m.       
        Boomfest will also include food, drinks and fun activities for kids and adults, including a bounce house, face painting, a nine-hole miniature golf course, sand volleyball and free Clydesdale-drawn wagon rides and more.
        Other highlights include the “Crusin’ the Grove Car Show,” which will run from noon-4:30 p.m. and the Animal House Powerlifting Competition, which will be held from noon-5 p.m. New this year will be a video gaming trailer and an obstacle course.
        Arctic Clam and Amelia Airharts will perform throughout the evening, starting at 6:15 p.m. Starship will entertain festival-goers until the fireworks begin. Live music will begin again after the fireworks show and continue until midnight.
        Admission, entertainment and parking for the annual celebration are free.
        “Come to Oregon and enjoy the food, fun and festivities with family and friends, especially the free spectacular fireworks at dusk, once again graciously sponsored by BP/Husky Refinery,” Oregon Mayor Mike Seferian said. “We expect the 2019 Boomfest to be our best ever. Bring your lawn chairs and spend the entire day for a great community celebration.”
        Detailed info is available on the city’s website,
Independence Day Concert
        Celebrate Independence Day with a patriotic concert by the Toledo Symphony Concert Band at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums Thursday, July 4 from 3-3:30 p.m. on the lawn of the historic Hayes Home. Admission is free. Bring a chair or blanket for seating.
        The Toledo Symphony Concert Band will perform a variety of songs on the verandah of the home. In a Fourth of July tradition, Civil War reenactors will punctuate the performance of the “1812 Overture” with cannon fire.
        The concert will begin with Regina Vincent-Williams, Ph.D., reading the Declaration of Independence. Each year, Hayes Presidential asks someone making a difference in the community to read the declaration. Williams is president of the Fremont chapter of the NAACP.
        The concert is sponsored by Hal and Diane Hawk, Crown Battery Mfg. Co. with additional funding by Mosser Construction.
        The Hayes Home and museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 4. The last tour of the home is at 4 p.m. The library will be closed for the holiday.
        For the holiday, the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums will offer an adult site pass for the discounted rate of $15. The site pass includes admission to tour the Hayes Home and the museum. This rate is good on July 4 only. Hayes Presidential members are admitted for free.
        New this year, food trucks will be on site throughout the day.
        Parking is on site, weather permitting. Overflow parking will be available on the street and at ProMedica Memorial Hospital’s parking lots at Buildings A and B, located at 605 Third Ave. HPLM is a short walk to the east of the hospital parking lots.
        For info, call 419-332-2081, or visit
July 4 Car Show
        Downtown Fremont will host its second of three Fremont Federal Credit Union Car Shows for the season on Thursday, July 4 from 5-8 p.m., rain or shine, on the downtown streets.
        Attendance and registration for the car show are free. Check-in will be at the building on the northeast corner of Croghan Street and Front Street. Judging will be held at 6:30 p.m., with trophies awarded shortly thereafter. Dash plaques will be given to the first 100 participants to check in. There will also be a 50/50 raffle.
Sauder 4th of July
        During a special Naturalization Ceremony at Sauder Village on Thursday, July 4, guests will have the opportunity to celebrate as more than 50 people become new U.S. citizens on our nation’s birthday.
        Special activities – including music, hand-cranked ice-cream, old-fashioned games and patriotic crafts – are planned throughout the Fourth of July Holiday weekend July 4-July 6.
        The Naturalization Ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on the Village Green, weather permitting.
        The Village Strings will play throughout the morning on the Village Green on Thursday, July 4. These musicians from Southeastern Michigan play Celtic, Irish, Scottish and folk music on hammered dulcimers, mountain dulcimer, fiddle, guitar, banjo, harmonica, whistle, marimbula, spoons, tambourine and washboard.
        Again this year, Tom Melville will be at Sauder Village on Saturday, July 6 to teach guests how to play cricket – a fun game of yesteryear. Throughout the day, guests will have an opportunity to learn about the game and even get involved in this fun sport of days-gone-by.
        To celebrate this special holiday guests can also enjoy a special Holiday Brunch at the Barn Restaurant featuring made-to-order omelets, biscuits and gravy, home fries, chocolate fountain, pastries and many other specialties. The Fourth of July Brunch will be served Thursday, July 4 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
        Other upcoming Sauder Village events include the annual Fiddle Contest & Summer on the Farm on July 13, a new Pete the Cat Author Days on July 26 and 27, and the annual Doll & Teddy Bear Show & Sale on August 3.
        In honor of their service to our country, all veterans and active duty military will receive free admission to Sauder Village for the Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Weekend. As part of the Blue Star Museum program, Sauder Village continues to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day weekend.
        Historic Village hours for the Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Weekend are from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, July 4 through Saturday, July 6. Children 5 and under are always free with family and Sauder Village members receive free admission. Senior, Military and AAA discounts are also available. And again this year, children 16 and under are free every Sunday.
        For more info, call 1-800-590-9755, visit, and follow Sauder Village on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Lakeside 4th of July
        Lakeside Chautauqua’s Fourth of July celebration begins at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 4 with the popular Children’s Bike Parade departing from Perry Park. Participants of all ages should arrive early along the lakefront path with an already-decorated bike.
        Following the bike parade, at around 10:15 a.m., will be Lakeside's unique Fourth of July Parade, with decorated golf carts, antique cars and other floats. Both parades travel west on Second Street and take place rain or shine.
        Enjoy a taste of summer at the Fourth of July Cookout from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on the Hotel Lakeside lawn. The menu includes BBQ ribs or chicken, potato salad, baked beans, chips and cookies.
        The festivities continue with live music from 12:30-7:45 p.m. at the Pavilion and the Steele Memorial Bandstand/Gazebo. Performers include JK All Day, Matt Jergens, The Adjustments and Juggernaut Jug Band. Other activities available throughout the day include shuffleboard, miniature golf, shopping and dining.
        Crew members from the Danbury Township Volunteer Fire Department will be available from 7-9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4 in Pavilion Circle for a 'Touch a Truck' event.
        There will also be a special showing of “Avengers: Endgame” (PG-13) at 11 p.m. in Orchestra Hall.
        Purchasing a daily, Friday, Saturday or Season Chautauqua Pass includes admission to Lakeside Chautauqua.
        For more info, visit
Patio parties planned at Imagination Station
        Summer in downtown Toledo is just heating up,  with families throughout the area planning to gather along the Maumee for the return of powerboat racing and the annual Independence Day celebration.
        Imagination Station’s H2O Cafe provides excellent viewing for both events.
        On Saturday, June 29, the Rock the River Powerboat Championship Races will be back. World-class F1 powerboats will roar down the Maumee River at speeds up to 120-miles-per-hour. From 11 a.m.–6:30 p.m., get an up-close-and-personal view of all the action with a front-row seat at H2O Café. Admission to the Rock the Riverfront viewing party is $5. Exit and reentry permitted. A full bar and food menu will be available. Science center admission, food and beverages are sold separately.
        This Fourth of July, bring your family and friends to experience the fireworks show over the Maumee River while enjoying a beverage or a meal at H2O Cafe. Pull up a chair and relax in the shade or challenge a buddy to one of Imagination Station’s giant board games.
        The Fourth in the 419 viewing party begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 per person; exit and reentry is permitted. Full bar and limited food menu will be available. Science center admission, food and beverage sold separately.
        For more info about Imagination Station, visit


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