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Top 5 Fourth of July Activities For Teens In Cleveland

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.

1. Cleveland Indians vs. San Diego Padres

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.

You at the game
You at the game

2. Star Spangled Science 

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! 

3. Grindstone Festival and Parade

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.

Stay safe on the zipline, kids
Stay safe on the zipline, kids

4. Rock and Boom

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.

Boat life, yo
Boat life, yo

5. Light Up the Lake 

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
Superior Viaduct
Wendy Park
Whiskey Island

Flats East Bank:

Flats East Bank Boardwalk
Settlers Landing

North Coast Harbor:

Voinovich Bicentennial Park
Edgewater Beach
Kirtland Park

Your mind when you see those sick boom booms