Celebrate Fourth of July in Lakeside, Ohio

Memorial Day Weekend FlagLakeside Chautauqua’s Fourth of July celebration begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 4, with the Children’s Bike Parade departing from Perry Park. Participants of all ages should arrive early with an already-decorated bike.

Following the bike parade will be the Fourth of July Float Parade at 10:15 a.m. Both parades will travel west on Second Street. Spectators are invited to dress patriotically as part of this Lakeside holiday tradition.

The Grand Marshals for the float parade will be Heidi and Brent Behnken, who have owned and operated The Patio Restaurant for 25 years.

Enjoy the taste of summer at a Fourth of July cookout from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on the Hotel Lakeside lawn. This year, the cookout will be catered by Avery’s Cafe & Catering.

There will be a choice of a 1/4 rack of BBQ ribs or a 1/4 BBQ chicken. The meal also includes baked beans, potato salad and apple pie for a total cost of $9. Water and pop will be sold for $1.

As part of the Fourth of July festivities, all are invited to enjoy live music at the Pavilion and the Steele Memorial Bandstand (Central Park Gazebo) from 12:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

A disc jockey will open the music lineup at the Pavilion from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The DJ will play a second set to close the day starting at 8:30 p.m.

Bowling Green, Ohio natives, JK All Day, will perform at 12:30 p.m. at the Steele Memorial Bandstand. The group will feature original songs and cover songs from bands such as Billy Joel, Pink Floyd, Tom Petty and Matchbox 20. Their material covers 1970s soft rock through 90s pop music.

Big Bang Boom, a three-piece power pop band from Greensboro, N.C., will perform at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Steele Memorial Bandstand. Their family-friendly songs will have guests of all ages singing along.

Family-friendly juggler and comedian Aaron Bonk will take the Steele Memorial Bandstand stage at 3:30 p.m., followed by Rick Kelley’s Motown show at 4:30 p.m., which features classics from the 1960s era. Kelley is also the featured performer for Family Night in the Park at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 5 at the Steele Memorial Bandstand.

Music returns to the Pavilion at 5:30 p.m. with the General Guinness Band, which has been performing songs from Ireland for more than 30 years. The band takes pride in retelling stories of their long Irish heritage, weaving fiddle tunes, vocals and step dancing into each ballad.

Other activities throughout the day include shuffleboard, miniature golf, sailing, swimming, Splash Park and tennis.

At 9:45 p.m., fireworks will offer a spectacular finale to the day. This year, a barge will be used to launch the fireworks east of the dock. Therefore, the dock will close at 8 p.m. Please watch for signs at the Pavilion for more information.

Admission to Lakeside requires a (one-day) Daily Chautauqua Pass, $20.50 for adults and $14 for youth ages 12-18. Children under age 12 and guests over age 90 are always free, but require complimentary passes, which are available upon entering Lakeside. A Season Chautauqua Pass is also available for adults and youth. A Partial Day Chautauqua Pass (three hours) is available for $6.75.

A Daily Auto Pass is required for parking on the grounds ($10 per day), the South Gate Parking Lot ($5 per day) or the Danbury School Parking Lot ($1 per day). A complimentary shuttle service runs inside the Lakeside gates, but there is no shuttle service provided to or from the school.

For more information about Lakeside’s Fourth of July festivities, gate passes and auto passes, visit www.lakesideohio.com.

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