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Elmore will celebrate our nation’s independence early with the annual “Red, White & Boom” fireworks show and activities Saturday, June 29.

The event, sponsored by the Elmore Chamber of Commerce, will begin at 5 p.m. with a chicken barbecue at Woodmore High School, 633 Fremont St. The cost for the dinner, which will include chicken, baked beans, baked potato, rolls, dessert and a beverage, is $8. Drive-through service will be available. Proceeds from the barbecue will be used to help fund the fireworks.

Entertainment will begin at 8 p.m. and will feature local band, “Elmore Fudd” at Well Park. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. The Woodmore Athletic Boosters will have a beer tent, and will be selling their famous “Friday Night Fries,” as well as brats and burgers. Fireworks will begin at dusk. 

Donations to support the fireworks may be sent to the Elmore Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 179, Elmore, OH 43416.

Celebrating Independence Day
Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce will hold an Independence Day Celebration Wednesday, July 3.

Gates open at 5 p.m. for the celebration, which will include Journey’s Giant Inflatables, Cruz’N Night Car Show–Spangler Motors and foods and refreshments, including Boy Scouts #316 Food Trailer.

The schedule includes a performance by Infiniti Dance at 5:30 p.m.; Harbor Lites Baton Corps at 6 p.m.; “Last Born Sons” at 7:30 p.m. and a Royal Duck Race at 8 p.m.

A grand fireworks display will cap off the evening at dusk.

All coolers will be subject to inspection. All alcoholic beverages must be purchased at the event.

Woodville 4th of July
The 71st Woodville 4th of July Celebration will be held July 3-6 at Trail Marker Park, just off SR 20.

The event, which promises “great big family fun,” will include a car show, bingo, a 5K race, carnival rides and games, games of chance and a big money raffle.

Musical entertainment will be on tap every night on the front stage and in the beer tent. New this year, Friday night will be polka night, featuring the music of the Frank Haller ensemble.

In addition there will be a grand parade at noon July 6. That evening, the celebration will be capped off by a gigantic fireworks display.

For a complete schedule, visit

Bone-rattling tribute
For a truly bone-rattling celebration of the Fourth of July, the place to be is the Hayes Presidential Center’s Independence Day Concert.

Set for 2-3:30 p.m. July 4 on the lawn in front of the home of 19th President Rutherford B. Hayes, the free event will feature a performance by the Toledo Symphony Concert Band. Civil War re-enactors will provide unique percussion to the band’s performance of the 1812 Overture by firing a series of cannon.

Attendees are reminded to bring their own seats and come prepared for the weather (sunscreen and/or bug spray.) Snacks and drinks may be purchased at a refreshment stand. Free parking is available on the grounds of the Hayes Presidential Center and adjoining city streets.

Repertoire for the concert includes show tunes, popular favorites, a selection of flag-waving melodies, and an Armed Forces tribute. Attendees are encouraged to show their patriotic spirit by wearing red, white, and blue clothing.

Due to the federal holiday, the Hayes Home and Hayes Museum will observe holiday hours of noon-5 p.m. Concert attendees are encouraged to come early to view the exclusive Hayes Museum exhibit – War of 1812 on the Ohio Frontier. The exhibit focuses on the important role Ohio played in the war, with special attention given to the battles at Fort Meigs, Fort Stephenson, and on Lake Erie.

Admission to the exhibit is included in the Hayes Museum ticket price of $7.50/adults, $6.50/senior citizens and $3/children ages 6-12. Children younger than age 6 are admitted free.

The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is located at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont. Visit for more info.

“Boomfest” planned in Oregon
For those suffering a little post-July 4th letdown, the City of Oregon and BP Husky are co-sponsoring “Boomfest at the Grove” Saturday, July 6.

The daylong celebration, which will run from 2 p.m.-midnight, will be held at Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Rd., Oregon. Admission and parking are free.

In addition to a spectacular fireworks show at dusk, this year’s Boomfest will feature a performance by recording star John Waite, whose hits include “Missing You,” “Change” and “When I See You Smile.” Waite will take the stage at 8:45 p.m. Other musical entertainment will include a tribute to Motown by The KGB Band at 5:30 p.m., followed by Toledo’s eclectic rock band, “Arctic Clam,” who will perform at 7:30 p.m. and after the fireworks until midnight.

Other Boomfest highlights include assorted food, drinks and plenty of activities for kids and adults. From 2-6 p.m., there will be a “Cruisin’ in the Grove Car Show,” featuring music by DJs, “The Jimmy & Bob Show.” Entry into the show is free. For more information, call Jerry Thompson at 419-349-3343.

Additional sponsors for the event include platinum sponsors the Toledo Refining Company and Oregon Clean Energy LLC, along with Mercy St. Charles Hospital, ProMedica Bay Park Hospital, Toledo Edison, Holiday Inn Express Oregon, AA Boos & Sons, Inc. and The Press Newspapers.

Sauder Village plans July 4th events
Forty-six people from 29 countries will become U.S. citizens at a special Naturalization Ceremony at Sauder Village on July 4. Other activities planned include special music, old-fashioned games and a fun Gettysburg Address activity. 

Ohio’s largest living history destination, Historic Sauder Village offers more than 40 historic homes and shops where guests can experience life in Ohio from 1800-1910. At Natives and Newcomers, Pioneer Settlement, Little Pioneers Homestead, historic homes, shops, barns and gardens, guests of all ages can learn more about the lives of our ancestors.

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. For more information, visit or




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