12 Ways to Celebrate Independence Day in Cleveland
Cleveland’s got pride – for our city and our country. The city and our top-notch attractions do Independence Day weekend celebrations big…and fireworks are just the beginning. With the national holiday happening on Thursday, the celebrations continue throughout the weekend. From Tall Ships to Cleveland Indians baseball, the Fourth of July in the CLE truly encompasses all of America’s favorite past times.
Tall Ships, Cleveland
Cleveland will be the first U.S. port to welcome the 2013 fleet of majestic tall ships from around the world. Presented by the Rotary Club of Cleveland, the Tall Ship Festival calls the Port of Cleveland home July 3 -7. With towering 100-foot-tall masts and beautiful, billowing sails, the historic vessels provide hours of family fun and entertainment.
Throughout the festival the ships celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Great Lakes role in the War of 1812, showcase diverse maritime history, spotlight environmental themes and promote youth leadership through sail training.
The Tall Ships Festival, which comes to the region every three years, is hosting unique vessels this year from India and Norway, as well as the Unicorn, a ship operated by an all-female crew. During the fun-filled weekend visitors can board the 10 -11 vessels, meet the crew, sail on Lake Erie and experience the heritage that these ships symbolize.
The Nautica Queen and the Goodtime III Cruises, Cleveland
Families and groups alike can sail alongside the Tall Ships and gaze at the Cleveland skyline from the waves of Lake Erie by booking a cruise July 4-7 on one of Cleveland’s favorite dining vessels. Set sail with the Goodtime III or the Nautica Queen on July 4th for their special event cruises complete with fantastic fireworks displays twinkling over Cleveland’s iconic skyline.
Also, during the Tall Ships Festival, the Goodtime III is offering a variety of special rates for lunch, dinner and afternoon excursions. Families and groups alike can enjoy narrated cruises of the Cuyahoga River and Cleveland lakefront on the Goodtime III. Join the crew for lunch or dinner, or book a special evening for dancing on the deck on Friday or Saturday night.
Additionally, the Nautica Queen offers a variety of lunch, dinner and even brunch cruises every day of the week featuring spectacular city views.
Rock and Boom at the Great Lakes Science Center, Downtown
Enjoy the Cleveland fireworks display on Independence Day from the Steamship William G. Mather, a 618-foot historic Great Lakes freighter. While on board, visitors can discover more than a dozen interactive exhibits that tell the story of how the Great Lakes were formed, what environmental threats they face, and how we’re using science and technology to help restore the health of these great bodies of water.
The Great Lakes Science Center will have family-friendly science workshops and refreshments available on board. Family four-pack tickets are on sale for $75. www.greatscience.com
Red, White and Zoo, Cleveland
Visitors can their inner animal this Fourth of July at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo while taking a self-guided tour and embrace the animals’ red, white and blue. Some of the patriotically-colored animals include the white polar bears, blue poisonous dart frogs and red kangaroos. The animals themselves will be joining in on the fun with red, white and blue treats prepared by the animal keepers. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is open extended hours for the Red, White and Zoo event, from 10am – 7pm. www.clemetzoo.com
Red, White and Brew at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, Cleveland
The Greater Cleveland Aquarium combines aquatics, craft brews and dazzling fireworks for their annual Red, White and Brew event. Visitors can experience some of the aquarium’s favorite exhibits such as the Touch Pool or Underwater Sea Tube® and then enjoy the Cityview Patio and Riverview Patio Bar and Grill exclusively open to Red, White and Brew attendees. Here, visitors can take in the beautiful views of the Cuyahoga River and the Cleveland skyline while listening to some outdoor entertainment and watching the Cleveland fireworks. Concessions and beverages are available throughout the night. www.greaterclevelandaquarium.com
ARTS AND CULTURE
Free Admission to the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, Beachwood
Beat the heat and infuse a dose of history and culture into the Fourth of July at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage located in Beachwood, Ohio. The museum introduces visitors to the beauty and diversity of Jewish heritage in the context of the American experience. Open since 2005, the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage brings stories of individuals and families – past and present –to life through state-of-the-art exhibitions, interactives and films, oral histories, photographs, and artifacts. To honor Independence Day, the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage is offering free admission to everyone on July Fourth, 11am – 5pm. www.maltzmuseum.org
2013 Blossom Festival – Salute the Troops, Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls
A traditional July Fourth favorite, the Blossom Festival Band performs patriotic holiday tunes, including a salute to the U.S. Armed Forces, Sousa marches, and Tchaikovsky’s “1812” Overture. Blossom Music Center is hosting this patriotic concert July 3 and 4. Fireworks follow each night’s concert, weather permitting. Then, July 5 -6 The Cleveland Orchestra opens its summer season under the direction of Conductor Franz Welser-Möst. www.clevelandorchestra.com
Larchmere Festival, Cleveland
The community festival that describes itself as having upbeat vitality and offbeat charm will help keep the holiday weekend festivities going with local artists and crafts, antique dealers, a flea market, delicious food and more. Larchmere Boulevard is Cleveland’s largest art and antiques shopping district and is home to some of the best art collections and gallery auctions. The Larchmere Festival is July 6th, 10am – 5pm. www.larchmere.com
Boston Mills Artsfest, Peninsula
Tucked in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the second weekend of the Boston Mills Artsfest, July 5 -7, is the place to unwind before Independence Day weekend comes to an end. Visitors can explore all of the fine art and fine crafts in mediums such as oil painting, water colors, mixed media, glass and furniture. Live music and refreshments are available. www.bmbw.com
Cleveland Indians vs. Detroit Tigers, Downtown
Visitors can head to Progressive Field for what is sure to be an exciting match-up between the two top teams in the American League Central Division, as the Cleveland Indians take on the Detroit Tigers, July 5 – 8. On Friday, July 5, fans can enjoy dollar dog night and a special fireworks show after the game. Then throughout the weekend, enjoy other promotional specials such as a 1904 replica baseball hat, KeyBank Kids Fun day and Omar Vizquel bobblehead night. www.cleveland.indians.mlb.com
Cleveland Gladiators Helmets and Hounds, Downtown
Who says pets should miss out of Independence Day? The Cleveland Gladiators, the professional arena football team, want to see all dogs and their owners cheer them on while they battle it out against the Pittsburgh Power. The “Helmets and Hounds” event takes place at Quicken Loans Arena July 6 at 7pm. www.clevelandgladiators.com
Continental Cup: International Youth Sports Festival, Downtown
Take the youngest sports fans to the Continental Cup: International Youth Sports Festival, hosted by the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. The free opening ceremony kicks off on July 4, from 6pm – 9 pm at Quicken Loans Arena, and is a quick walk to the lakefront to watch Cleveland fireworks after the ceremony. Exhibits from a variety of Cleveland attractions are featured at the festival. Youth athletes from India, Pakistan, Kenya and other parts of the world will be competing July 4- 7 in sports venues through Cleveland in soccer, basketball, baseball and volleyball. For more information, visit www.clevelandsports.org
For even more fun events on Fourth of July weekend or any other day of the week, check out www.positivelycleveland.com/play/events.