The Fourth of July in Lakeside

Lakeside Chautauqua’s Fourth of July celebration begins at 10 a.m. with the Children’s Bike Parade in Perry Park. Participants of all ages should arrive early with an already-decorated bike. 

Following the bike parade will be the Fourth of July Float Parade at 10:15 a.m. Both parades will travel east to west on Second Street. Spectators are invited to dress patriotically as part of this Lakeside holiday tradition. The Grand Marshal for the float parade will be Chip Richter, who, along with his family, has coordinated Lakeside’s God Squad program for the past 18 years.

A Fourth of July cookout will take place from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Hotel Lakeside lawn. Meals will include a hamburger, BBQ pork or brat, potato salad, chips and a cookie for $7. Water and pop will be sold for $1.

Central Ohio Brass Band (COBB) will perform from 6-8 p.m. at the Steele Memorial Bandstand (Central Park Gazebo), offering a selection of familiar patriotic tunes. COBB formed in 1989 as the Ohio Collegiate Brass Band with a mission “to promote the Brass Band tradition through excellent artistic and educational performances for musicians and communities.”

Other activities throughout the day include shuffleboard, miniature golf, sailing and tennis.

 At 9:45 p.m., or dusk, fireworks off the Lakeside dock will offer a finale to the day. Due to preparations for fireworks, the dock will close for the day as early as 2 p.m. Admission to Lakeside requires a Daily Chautauqua Pass ($19 for adults, $13.25 for youth, ages 12-18, and free for children under age 12 and guests over age 90). A Partial Day Pass (3-hours) is available for $6.25. 

To park on the Lakeside grounds or in the South Gate Parking Lot, a Daily Auto Pass is required for $8. Limited free parking is available at Danbury High School (cars must be registered at the Hoover Auditorium Ticket Office). There is no shuttle service provided to or from the school. 

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Known as the Chautauqua on Lake Erie, Lakeside is a family destination that has pioneered the act of nurturing mind, body and spirit since 1873. One of the few remaining Chautauquas in the United States, Lakeside offers a variety of spiritual, educational, cultural arts and recreational opportunities. Located between Cleveland and Toledo on Lake Erie’s south shore, Lakeside is a gated community that provides rest and renewal in addition to hundreds of enlightening and entertaining experiences. For more information on vacationing or living the Lakeside Chautauqua experience, visit or call 419-798-4461.

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