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? Grab yourself a hotdog and some cracker jacket and enjoy a good old fashioned game. Stay after the final pitch for post-game fireworks. Here comes the boom.
Check out the Great Lakes Science Center for an array of Independence Day themed activities. Find out what makes fireworks sparkle and change colors, contribute to a LEGO mosaic or watch some watermelons explode. SCIENCE!
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 zip lining across the lake, pedal car racing, paddle boats, fireworks 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 pop there, too. Bottoms up.
Watch in awe at sundown as fireworks are shot from dock 20 over Lake Erie and downtown Cleveland. Free viewing areas include:
Flats West Bank:
Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica Boardwalk
Music Box Supper Club
Shooters on the Water
Flats East Bank:
Flats East Bank Boardwalk
North Coast Harbor:
Voinovich Bicentennial Park