It’s not hard to find fireworks in Cleveland on the Fourth of July — heck, your neighbor is probably going to be shooting them off. But if you want to see a professional display, there are many places to do so.
Cleveland’s annual fireworks, shot off from the mouth of Lake Erie downtown, light up the sky starting at 9:30. Numerous area institutions and businesses offer vantage points; the biggest party is the Great Lake’s Science Center’s Rock n Boom taking place on the deck of the Steamship William G. Mather at the North Coast Harbor.
If it’s sold out or you don’t want to spring for a $16 ticket, or you just don’t feel the need to watch fireworks to someone else’s programmed music, there are countless spots along the shoreline, where you can watch for free.
You can also head out to Geneva-on-the-Lake an hour east of Cleveland, spend the day in this little resort town lost in time before everything was packaged and themed for family amusement, eat junk food, splash in the water play miniature golf and then watch the fireworks on the golf course starting at 10pm. They can be easily viewed from anywhere in this small town.
Berea, Lakewood, Bay Village, Strongsville, Avon Lake, Lorain and Oberlin also have fireworks on the 4th; Mentor will host theirs at Civic Center Park with a concert by the Cleveland Oops Orchestra. Akron’s Lock 3 will also be shooting them off on the 4th. Other cities are doing them on the 3rd or even the previous weekend. Check with your city hall of more info.