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City of Akron to host neighborhood-based fireworks show on Fourth of July

Posted at 1:54 PM, Jun 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-15 13:54:13-04

AKRON, Ohio — While some cities in Northeast Ohio have canceled their Independence Day celebrations due to the pandemic, the City of Akron announced plans for neighborhood-based Fourth of July fireworks that will allow citizens to remain at a safe distance from others.

There will be a synchronized program of fireworks that will be launched from the Akron Executive Airport, Patterson Park Ballfields, Summit Lake and the State Street Parking Deck in downtown Akron.

“With so many summer activities on hold or canceled this year, it was important that we were able to maintain one of our Fourth of July traditions,” said Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan in a statement. “These are trying times in our country, our state, and our city, and it’s important that we take a moment to celebrate and recommit to our highest national ideals. By spreading out our fireworks displays into our neighborhoods, we can create a safe way for our community to share a meaningful experience while preserving physical distance.”

Individuals and families are strongly encouraged to watch from their own home or neighborhood and enjoy the fireworks at a safe distance. At each launch site, the perimeters will be secured, and spectators will not be allowed to park or walk close to the launch area.

The fireworks show will begin promptly at 9:45 p.m. on July 4, with test shots scheduled for 8:30 p.m., 9:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Organizers said the test shots will help residents determine if they will be able to see the fireworks from their location.

Those who wish to listen in to a patriotic soundtrack during the fireworks can tune into 97.5 FM.