What to do on the 4th of July on Lake Erie

July 4 is Wednesday — which makes it hard to take a long weekend and get out of town for Independence Day. But you can feel like you’re on vacation when you celebrate America’s birthday on Lake Erie.

Looking for some nautical spots to watch the fireworks? Or maybe a red, white and blue parade? Here are events on Ohio’s lakeshore, from Put-in-Bay to Fairport Harbor.

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Put-in-Bay Fireworks

Bay Days, Bay Village

Bay Days Festival and Fireworks 2018


Rock and Boom at the Great Lakes Science Center

4th of July Fireworks Cruise on the Goodtime III

Fairport Harbor Mardi Gras

Fairport Harbor Mardi Gras


Fourth of July Parade, Concert and Fireworks in Lakewood