Fireworks in Cleveland, OH
The City of Cleveland lets off their fireworks at the Flatts, near the place where Lake Erie meets the Cuyahoga River. Anywhere in the Flatts is a great pace to watch the show, but much of that area is bars, so it’s not all family friendly. If you have kids, Settler’s Landing, in the Flatts, offers a family festival the evening of the fireworks and it keeps going until the show starts. Other great places to watch the show are Whiskey Island, the Nautical Pavilion, the Nautical Boardwalk, Edgewater Park and Kirkland Park.
The Blossom Center is the summer house for the Cleveland Orchestra. They hold the Blossom Festival each July, with different musicians performing each night. The nights closest to the Fourth of July are usually given a patriotic theme, and fireworks end the concerts with a bang. Bring the family for a fun evening or bring a date for a bit of summer romance. Bring a blanket and a picnic and you’ll have yourself the perfect evening. Even you’re not big on the music, you’ll have a great night enjoying the weather and a ton of great company.
Every winter, Cleveland rings in the holiday season with Winterfest, the annual holiday lighting ceremony right on Public Square, in the center of downtown. Events for the whole family take place throughout the day, including free horse-drawn carriage rides, live holiday concerts at Old Stone Church, pictures with Santa and performances on the Tower City grand staircase – all for free! Once it gets dark, the city's Christmas tree and Terminal Tower all light up at once for the holiday season, followed by a spectacular fireworks display to end the evening. If you’re not ready to go home yet, follow up with the Winter Wine & Ale Fest, a fundraiser that does cost a little, but it’s a great time and well worth it!
You can’t but help but see double, triple, and sometimes more when you visit the Twins Day Festival in Twinsburg, just 20 minutes south of Cleveland. This event is free to registered twins and multiples, but costs just $3 for everyone else. While the event is geared toward multiples and their families, anyone can attend. All those twins walking around together really is something to behold, and the festival itself is a good time for everyone. The weekend included a parade, a twins contest, a talent contest and more. It usually takes place on the first weekend in August. The fireworks are always scheduled for Friday night, with a rain date on Saturday.
The Feast of the Assumptions is basically the biggest (and best) block party you’ll ever attend. It’s put on every August by the Holy Rosary Church in Cleveland’s “Little Italy” neighborhood. The entire church parking lot is filled with Italian food, games, carnival rides, dancing, music and more. The day starts off with a mass and parade and ends with a huge display of fireworks, but everything in between is great, as well. The four-day celebration celebrates Aug. 15, the day Mary died and joined Jesus, but the event is not completely secular. Everyone is welcome, no matter what their beliefs or religious backgrounds are.