Area communities will throw America a birthday bash with parades and fireworks on/or the days surrounding Friday, the Fourth of July.
Here is a roundup of festivities.
Fireworks will follow a demolition derby, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sunday, July 6 at the Greenwich Fireman’s Festival.
The weekend event features an ox roast, amusements and rides, live music, concessions, games, pony rides, a softball tournament and Friends of the Library Book Sale.
The following is a schedule of events:
Friday: Gates open at 11 a.m. The introduction of the queen and her court is set for 6 p.m., the same time as a truck pull. Live music will be played at 7 p.m.
Saturday: A pancake breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. A parade will kick off at 11 a.m. Two events are scheduled for 2 p.m.: a sawdust scramble for children and St. Vincent Life Flight demonstration. A Friends of the Library basket auction is set for 4 p.m. A tractor pull will take place at 6 p.m. and live music featuring “House of Cane” will begin at 7 p.m.
Sunday: A pancake breakfast is slated for 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. A community church service under the big tent will take place at 10 a.m. A chicken barbecue will be offered at 11 a.m., a pedal pull at 1:30 p.m., a demolition derby at 6 p.m. and music from the County Line Band at 7 p.m. Fireworks will follow the demolition derby.
For general information, call (419) 752-5082.
A Fourth of July parade will kick off at 10:30 a.m. Friday on Main Street. Fireworks will light up the sky at dusk. Fireworks will also explode to conclude the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals show on Friday.
The 95th annual Rochester Fourth of July Homecoming will be held on Friday at the Eagle Street Park and Fire Station.
At 8 a.m. the foot tent will open and remain open all day and evening. Coffee and goodies will be served in the morning. Lunch will be served after the parade. There will be hot dogs, a variety of hot sandwiches, French fries and beverages. Homemade ice cream will also be sold throughout the day by the Rochester flares.
Parade registration will run from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Entry in the parade is free and all are welcome.
The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. It is free and includes bands, floats, children, cars, fire trucks, 4-H groups, horse back riders and anything/anyone else that may come along. The parade goes down the street, turns around and comes back a second time.
From noon to 5 p.m., the Rochester Historical Society will have an open house on South Street.
At 4 p.m., there will be contests for adults and children of all ages.
Bands will play at 4:30 p.m. The country-western band, Southern Crossroads, and Willow Creek Band will provide free entertainment. Bring your own lawn chairs.
At 5 p.m., Firemen’s and other games, raffles and multiple kiddie rides will be open.
A free fireworks display will occur at the end of evening.
Cedar Point will honor the brave men and women who have served and continue to protect our country with free admission into Cedar Point and Soak City all week long. All active, retired and honorably-discharged members of the United States Armed Forces will receive complimentary admission into both parks now through Sunday with a valid ID. (Valid forms of ID include: active duty ID, retired personnel ID, VA ID or a copy of DD-214 discharge papers and photo ID.)
Family members will also receive a special discount on Cedar Point admission by purchasing a regular ticket priced at $38.99. That’s a savings of $21 off the regular admission price (This offer is only available at park admission booths.)
Cedar Point will help commemorate the holiday weekend with numerous special events and activities, including:
The Johnsonville Big Taste Grill, the world’s largest mobile grilling machine, will serve up brats along the Cedar Point midway Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The legendary Air Force Band of Flight – Wright Brass and Systems Go will perform patriotic tunes for guests in Frontiertown, near Skyhawk, at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday.
The high-flying E Team Skydivers will thrill and wow guests of all ages during our national anthem at 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Bill Leff Airshows will put on aerial displays for guests along the Cedar Point Beach at 2 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Guests can play “Cornhole with a Pro” with Matt and Bret Guy from the American Cornhole Association from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Red, White and Blue pie-eating contests will be held for adults and youngsters near the Town Hall Museum in Frontiertown at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Cedar Point will offer two nights of fireworks at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday over the beach area.
A fireworks display will kick off at 10:30 p.m. Friday in the city park as part of the Willard Festival in the Park.