Many local communities are not hosting fireworks and other Fourth of July events this year due to COVID-19, but some still plan on celebrating.
Want to witness and participate in some patriotic events? Look no further than this listing of celebrations taking place in Summit and Portage counties this weekend.
Now through Saturday, July 4
Aurora -- "Aurora the Beautiful" home decorating contest, residents are encouraged to patriotically decorate their homes. The winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card, and the two runner ups will be given $25 Amazon gift cards. In place of the city’s annual Frog Jumping Contest, video submissions of residents’ hoppin’ frogs will be compiled and shared online. "Aurora the Beautiful" and "The Hoppin’ Frog" submissions should be sent to Jenny Nichols at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, July 3
Aurora -- Movie Night featuring "Toy Story 4" from dusk to 11 p.m. in Aurora High School’s North parking lot. Due to social distancing regulations, there is a 100-person cap on spectators. This event is limited to Aurora residents only. Register at https://aurora.activityreg.com.
Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5
Cuyahoga Falls -- Fourth of July Float! Hosted by Float The River, this event will begin at 10 a.m. Friday and end at 4 p.m. Sunday at Old Town Loop, next to the Cuyahoga River. Participants can bring their own tube or kayak or rent one from Float The River. Tickets can be purchased at https://fareharbor.com.
Saturday, July 4
Akron -- Fireworks will be launched at 9:45 p.m. from the Akron Executive Airport, Patterson Park Ballfields, Summit Lake and the State Street Parking Deck in downtown Akron. Test shots will be fired from all locations at 8:30 p.m., 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. to give spectators time to adjust their viewpoints. There will be a patriotic soundtrack playing during the show on WONE (97.5-FM). Fourth on the Field hosted by the Akron RubberDucks and presented by The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling 330-253-5151. A portion of the proceeds will go to United Way of Summit County. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the movie Frozen II will begin at 7:30 p.m., followed by fireworks. Spectators must wear facial coverings throughout the event. No outside food or drink is permitted, but snacks and refreshments can be purchased at the ballpark’s concessions by cashless means.
Northfield -- Fireworks show after dusk at Longwood Park. Spectators’ cars must be parked 10 feet away from one another, so space is limited.
Woodside Lake Park, Streetsboro -- Fireworks will be launched after dark, around 10 p.m., but parking will be available starting at 7 p.m.. Snacks and drinks can be purchased at the camp ground’s office, though only four people are permitted entry at a time and masks are encouraged.
Saturday, July 4 through Saturday, July 11
Aurora -- Virtual 5K run/walk, registration is $30 and includes a shirt, medal and a link to download a bib within one to three business days. Register at https://aurora.activityreg.com.