Crack, Boom, Bam!

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By Chris Watson

They come from the cities and they come from the smaller towns

Beat up cars with guitars and drummers going CRACK, BOOM, BAM!

R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.

–John Mellencamp

No matter whether we like what is going on in Washington, Columbus, Lansing, or in our own township, we all love our Independence Day. We love the cheesy fries and cheesy red, white and blue t-shirts.  We like the overly sweet pop sickles that are the same color as the glow sticks that come out after dusk. We love the sparklers and smoke bombs and the music that blares from every car and iPod.  Music like American Pie (Don McClean), American Idiot (Green Day), American Woman (Lenny Cravitz), American Girl (Tom Petty), American Life (Madonna), and two different versions of America (Simon and Garfunkel and Neil Diamond).

Yes, the mid summer fireworks celebrations are upon us. So pull up a lawnchair, crane your neck back and enjoy the area’s best loud and colorful offerings.

Saturday, July 1st

Fostoria – Meadowlark Park, dusk

Oregon – Oak Shade Grove, dusk

Springfield – Community Homecoming Park, 10 p.m.

Swanton – High School Football Field, dusk

Woodville – Trailmaker Park, 10 p.m.  

Toledo Mud Hens 4th of July Weekend (at game conclusion) approx. 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 2nd

Toledo Mud Hens 4th of July Weekend (at game conclusion) approx. 9:30 p.m.

Monday, July 3rd

Bowling Green – BGSU Intramural Field (near football stadium),10 p.m.

Findlay – Old Millstream Fairgrounds, 10 p.m.

Maumee & Perrysburg – near Fort Meigs State Memorial, 10 p.m.

Monroe County – over Lake Erie, Sterling State Park (2800 State Park Rd), 9:45 p.m.

Oak Harbor – along Portage River, dusk

Sylvania – Star Spangled Celebration @ Centennial Terrace, dusk 

Toledo Mud Hens 4th of July Weekend (at game conclusion) approx. 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 4th

Port Clinton – Water Works Park, dusk

Put-in-Bay – over the downtown harbor (Bay View Ave), dusk

Sandusky – Cedar Point Amusement Park, dusk

TOLEDO – Red, White, KABOOM! Marina District, dusk

Waterville – Waterville Primary School, 10 p.m.