Fresh off the Cavaliers’ historic win in the NBA Finals, Cleveland is buzzing with energy this summer. And on July Fourth, you can bet the city will be reveling in a celebration that is equal parts Americana and straight-up C-Town pride. Check out the top 5 things for teens to do in Cleveland on Independence Day and be sure to rep that red, white and Cavalier wine.
What’s more American than a baseball game? Don’t miss the first-place Indians against their cross-lake rival, the Detroit Tigers, in what’s sure to be a riveting nine innings. Stay after the final pitch for post-game fireworks. Here comes the boom.
Live, laugh and listen to live music at this jammin’ jamboree happening 3 p.m. til midnight on July 4 at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. This year’s lineup includes indie-rock band Cloud Nothings and the iconic Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. When you need nomz, stop by food truck favorites, like Barrio Tacos and Jones Bones BBQ. Pig out and rock out.
Head just south of the city, where nearby Berea is hosting a three-day festival for Fourth of July weekend that you won’t want to miss. Activities include ziplining across the lake, pedal car racing, paddle boats and a hamster ball course. When you’re tuckered out from all that, sit down, relax and watch a movie projected on a giant outdoor screen. Out here grind(stone)ing.
Lean wit, rock wit it from the deck of Cleveland’s most famous vessel, the Steamship William G. Mather. On July Fourth, you can sing “I’m on a boat,” while watching the fireworks display over the lake from the best view in the city. Before the show, chow down on burgs and dogs, then take your dad to the family-friendly beer garden and tell him to drink one for you. Don’t worry, there’ll be soda there, too. Bottoms up.
Wind down from an action-packed weekend by watching a movie at Loew Park in Old Brooklyn. The film of choice for July 5 is Elf, so get ready for Christmas in July by wearing your Santa hat and tacky holiday sweaters. (Please don’t do that. It sounds really sweaty.) Grab yo’self some cinematic snacks at The Green Machine food truck, featuring the tantalizing pizza quesadilla. I’m in love, I’m in love and I don’t care who knows it.