ASHLAND — Fireworks. Live music. Classic cars.
The Ashland area will host a variety of festivities for the upcoming July 4 holiday weekend.
City of Ashland
The Rotary Club of Ashland will put on a fireworks show at Ashland Community Stadium on July 4.
The rotary raised $17,500 for the fireworks show this year, which will start at approximately 9:15 p.m. As was the case last year, no one will be permitted to sit in the grandstands during the fireworks show, but the fireworks can be viewed from streets and backyards throughout the city.
From 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on July 2, the rotary club will be gifting children fun packs (glow sticks, bendable neon toys, hacky sack balls, bubbles, candy and popcorn). The fun packs will be offered to the first 200 children who show up at the Rotary tent, located in the parking lot of Armstrong Cable.
In the Village of Loudonville, fireworks will be presented by Zambelli Fireworks on July 4 in Riverside Park at dusk, around 9:30 p.m.
For its 21st year, Loudonville will host a car show. The show, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 3, will feature approximately 500 classic cars from various decades. The streets of downtown Loudonville will be closed for traffic during the show. Pre-registration and registration fees are required for vehicle owners participating in the car show.
Mohican State Park will also host activities in Loudonville July 2-4. Dinner will be offered in the Bromfield’s Dining Room, located in the Mohican Lodge and Conference Center, each of the three nights beginning at 5 p.m. Dinner will run until 9 p.m. on July 2 and 3, and 8 p.m. on July 4.
On July 2, a scavenger hunt will be held at the state park from 3 to 9 p.m. On July 3, people can listen to a DJ on the patio at Mohican from 6 to 9 p.m. and see a variety of Ohio’s bird species at “Live Birds of Prey” presented by The Ohio Bird Sanctuary in the upper lobby at 7 p.m. “Live Birds of Prey” occurs every Saturday evening. On July 4, live music will be played on the patio from 6 to 9 p.m., ahead of the Loundonville fireworks display.
Pleasant Hill Lake Park will offer self-directed activities July 2 through 5, including swimming in water parks, kayak tours and movies.
Nearby events outside Ashland County
In Holmes County, fireworks will be shot off in Millersburg at dark for what the county chamber of commerce has dubbed “Thunder Over Holmes County.” The fireworks will be able to be seen throughout the county seat, according to the chamber of commerce.
In Wayne County, Orrville will have a fireworks show at 10:15 p.m. at Orr Park. Wooster will host a July 4 festival from 5 to 10:30 p.m. at the corner of Burbank and Oldman Roads. Fireworks will be shot off around 10 p.m. Fredericksburg will have a parade on July 3 beginning at 11 a.m.
Richland County will host several events. In Mansfield, fireworks will light up the skies at dusk over Charles Mill Lake on June 3. Ontario will have a 5K "Liberty Run" and a festival at the Ontario High School grounds with fireworks, bands and food on July 3. In Crestline, the Crestline Freedom Celebration will begin at 6 p.m. and will also feature fireworks, live music and food.
Knox County, located south of Ashland, will also host a variety of festivities during the July 4 weekend, including fireworks, live music and food trucks at Ariel-Foundation Park.
The July 4 federal holiday commemorates July 4, 1776 when the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, which proclaimed the independence of the United States of America from Great Britain.