Independence Day Events
June 28, 2018 by Staff Report

Atwood-Mauck American Legion Post 459 is holding a Veterans Appreciation Day and fireworks at the Geauga Fairgrounds in Burton.


Veterans Appreciation Fireworks

June 30, 6 p.m.

Atwood-Mauck American Legion Post 459 is holding a Veterans Appreciation Day and fireworks at the Geauga Fairgrounds in Burton. Rain date is July 1. The event is open to the public.

For information, call Ron, 440-353-1478, or Will, 440-635-0223.

Chardon Fireworks Set

July 3, dusk

The Chardon Area’s Independence Day celebration will be held at Chardon High School’s Memorial Track and Field. Fireworks go off at approximately 9:58 p.m.

The Chardon Area Fireworks Fund, Inc. has again set in motion its annual campaign to raise funds. Donations have decreased over the years while the actual amount spent for the show has remained about the same. Please send donations to: Chardon Area Fireworks, P. O. Box 336, Chardon, OH 44024.

In addition to the fireworks, the Chardon High School Alumni Association in concert with Chardon Local Schools will host an alumni get-together in the high school cafeteria from 7 p.m. until the fireworks show. On display that night will be the alumni association’s memorabilia collection. All CHS alumni and their friends are invited.

Chardon Schools Foundation will once again be selling glowing necklaces and other “night delights” throughout the crowd.

West Geauga Kiwanis Parade

July 4

The parade begins at 11 a.m. sharp from St. Anselm Church on Chillicothe Road in Chester Township. The theme is “A Salute to Women in Community Service.” Judging begins at 9:30 a.m. and trophies are awarded at 10:30 a.m. The judging is based on the theme of the parade and how it is displayed on the float.

There is no cost to be in the parade. Rules and signup forms are available at or by calling 440-364-6037.

4th of July Parade and Picnic

Auburn Township will celebrate the Fourth of July with a parade starting at the Meadows subdivision on Auburn Center Road and proceeding to the Auburn Fire Station.

Parade lineup begins at 11 a.m. and the parade kicks off promptly at noon. Parade participants are welcome. Call Patti Phillips at 440-343-0054 or email

There will be refreshments and places to sit and picnic at the fire station. Memorabilia will be on display and fire department members will be on hand to answer questions about the department and help children explore the equipment. All proceeds benefit the Auburn Fire Department.

Thompson Township

July 4

The annual 4th of July parade begins at 11 a.m. from the old Ledgemont High School. The theme is “I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy.” Cash prizes will be awarded to the three top entries. Parade judging will be at 10:30 a.m.

The Thompson Fire Department will feature a basket raffle and lunch, Grace Lutheran Church will host its annual barbecue on the square, Thompson United Methodist will hold a rummage sale and luncheon at the church, and St. Patrick’s Catholic Church will be set up on the square with a hot dog giveaway.

There will be horseback rides behind Thompson Methodist Church. Thompson Garden Club will hold its annual flower judging show inside the church. There will be children’s games and a petting zoo on the square along with special surprise entertainment. The 4th of July basket raffle, cash raffle and quilt raffle tickets takes place on the square and in the gazebo.

Old Glory Day

July 4, 1-4 p.m.

The Chardon Square Association, the City of Chardonand Chardon Area Chamber of Commercesponsor Old Glory Day on Chardon Square.

Decorations are provided for the children to decorate their bikes, scooters or wagons, followed by a children’s parade around the square lead by the Chardon Fire Department.

Following the parade is an afternoon of games, music, face painting, balloon animals and a pie eating contest. The Rotary will be providing ice cream, the Kiwanis will have balloons for the bikes and Wal-Mart is providing water.

Popcorn, hot dogs, and other snacks are available for sale by the Chardon Square Association.

Fireworks At Blossom

July 4

Tickets are available for transportation by motor coach and pavilion seating at Blossom Music Center for the Fourth of July Spectacular and a performance by the Cleveland Orchestra.

The Middlefield VFW 9678 is raising funds for Veterans in Need. Tickets are $40 and participants will be picked up at 5:30 p.m. at the VFW post, 16013 E. High St. in Middlefield Village, and at 6 p.m. at Bainbridge Giant Eagle. A tram will pick up at motor coach at Blossom and deliver near the pavilion.

Call the VFW Post at 440-632-1257 or 440-228-7248.