It’s time to ooh and aah at fireworks displays as America celebrates the 241st anniversary of its independence.
Where can you go to see colorful explosions light up the skies? We called cities across Lorain County to find out where and when fireworks will be set off. Displays generally start between 9:30 and 10 p.m.
Saturday, July 1
• Catch a display at the Black River Landing, 421 Black River Ln., Lorain. Parking is free and admission is $5 (children 12 and under are free). The fireworks are presented in concert with Rockin’ on the River.
• Grafton will present fireworks at Willow Park, 960 Main St., as part of its Bicentennial Day celebration. Festivities begin at 4 p.m. with a Main Street party, followed by a parade at 6:30 p.m. A party in the park will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
Sunday, July 2
• Avon Lake’s free Fourth of July Celebration will be held at Weiss Fields, 33401 Webber Rd. It will start at 7 p.m. with a performance by Says She, followed by Anne E. DeChant at 8:30 p.m. Fireworks will follow. The rain date is July 5.
• Lorain County Speedway, 9100 Leavitt Rd., Amherst Township, will hold a Sunday Funday with races at 4 p.m. Admission is $12 (free for kids 12 and under) but the gates are free for fireworks at dusk.
Monday, July 3
• The Lake Erie Crushers will celebrate Independence Day with fireworks following the 7 p.m. baseball game vs. the Evansville Otters. Admission is by game ticket at Sprenger Stadium, 2009 Baseball Blvd., Avon.
• Elyria, celebrating its bicentennial, will hold a special edition of its Great American Picnic and Fireworks Show. The event will be held from 4-10 p.m. at West Park, 1200 Foster Ave. Admission is free and donations are welcome.
• North Ridgeville’s Independence Day celebration will run from 7-9:30 p.m. at South Central Park, 7565 Avon Belden Rd., with fireworks at dark. The event is free but donations are welcome.
• Wellington will celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks at dusk at the Lorain County Fairgrounds, 23000 Fairgrounds Rd. A celebration will be held all day at Howk Park. At 6 p.m., an ice cream social will be held on the town hall lawn. The Patriots Community Band will perform there at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, July 4
• Oberlin’s fireworks will be set off at dusk at the city recreation complex, 225 West Hamilton Rd. The rain date is July 5.
• The 98th Annual Rochester Homecoming will start with food tent openings at 8 a.m. at the Eagle Street Park and fire station. Parade registration at 9 a.m. is open to all, with the parade launching at 10:30 a.m. A historical society open house will run from noon to 5 p.m. and contests will begin at 4 p.m. Rides and games will start at 5 p.m. Buck Shot will perform in concert from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Fireworks will start at the end of the evening. Cash donations will be accepted.