July 4th activities planned for 2012
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff
Monday, 02 July 2012 09:05
Fourth of July festivities are being planned in Bowling Green, Perrysburg, Portage and Fostoria.
The Bowling Green Community Fireworks will be held on Tuesday at dusk at the Bowling Green State University Intramural Fields.
Prior to, and during the fireworks, the east side of Doyt Perry Stadium will be open to the public. A concert by the community band will take place in the stadium starting at 7:30 p.m.
Those attending the fireworks should be aware that no sparklers or fireworks will be allowed in the stadium or on the grounds of BGSU.
Following the event, the Bowling Green Police Division will implement a traffic exit strategy to aid in traffic flow. In order to maximize safety and efficiency of travel, the police will be directing traffic onto predetermined routes. As part of the plan, Mercer Road will be closed between Stadium Drive and Ridge Street.
In some cases, depending on traffic patterns, police may be directing vehicles to the "outer belt" of the city to aid in traffic movement.
For the safety of all, those attending need to follow the directions of the police and should not circumvent barricades. In case of severe weather during the event, indoor sheltering will be provided on the BGSU campus at the Stroh Center or the restrooms at Doyt Perry Stadium.
The rain date for the fireworks is Wednesday.
Perrysburg's joint Independence Day Fireworks celebration with the City of Maumee will be held Tuesday beginning at approximately 10 p.m.
The pyrotechnic display will be launched from the center of the Fort Meigs Memorial Bridge, necessitating the closing of the bridge from 8 to 11:30 p.m. No pedestrian traffic will be allowed across the bridge during the closure.
The rain date is Wednesday.
Visitors are invited to Fort Meigs on Wednesday to see where Ohio's independence was secured during the War of 1812. Founding Father John Adams declared that the Fourth of July "ought to be celebrated with parades, shows, games and sports. ... from one end of the continent to the other."
Visitors can experience music, games, musket and cannon firings. Soldiers and civilians from the War of 1812 will provide hands-on activities and weapons demonstrations. A recreation of the original 1813 Independence Day celebration will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. War of 1812 re-enactor soldiers will fire the cannons 18 times, make toasts to the nation, and play fife and drum music.
The site will be open Wednesday from 12 to 5 p.m. Event admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $4 for children (ages 6 to 18), Ohio Historical Society members and children 5 and under are free.
In Portage, the July 4th parade will start at 11 a.m. at the north end of the village and head south ending at Enright Park. The parade will be followed by activities including a bike decorating contest, rescue squad display, fire engines, duck race, a bake sale and food concessions.
The event is being sponsored by the Portage Lions.
Fostoria will hold July 4th festivities in Meadowlark Park starting at 2 p.m. and continuing through the end of the fireworks display after nightfall. Bands will perform on stage during the day with Danielle and the Hanson Brothers at 8:15 p.m. leading up to the fireworks.
Fostoria's Got Talent Contest will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sign up will be available during the day.