Five things to do around Akron during Independence Day holiday

The Fourth of July holiday means fun, fireworks and for the first time in a while ribs.

Akron is bringing back its rib festival for the first time since the pandemic, meaning downtown Akron will once again be crowded with fans of all things ribs, music and, of course, fireworks.

Here are some of the highlights of holiday events planned in and around Akron this Fourth of July.

LeBron James on the big screen

Those needing a basketball or a cartoon fix can settle in the new seats at Canal Park or bring a blanket and relax in the outfield for a showing of “Space Jam: A New Legacy” on the ballpark’s giant video screen.

The ballpark in downtown Akron will show the film on July 3 with a fireworks display afterward.

Tickets are $ 10 at the gate to help raise money for the Summa Health Foundation.

Gates open at 6 pm and the movie starts around 7 pm

RubberDucks baseball

A young Akron RubberDucks fan high fives Orbit during the first inning of a Minor League Baseball game at Canal Park.

The Akron RubberDucks will play baseball on the Fourth of July.

The team will take to the field at 7:05 pm Monday for a game against the Altoona Curve. There will be fireworks after the game.

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Carolina Rib King of Spartanburg, South Carolina, sets up at the Rib, White, and Blue --Akron's National Rib Festival on South Main Street at Lock 3 on Tuesday, July 2, 2019.

Rib, White and Blue Festival

The Rib, White and Blue Festival will return to Downtown Akron for Fourth of July weekend after a two-year hiatus.

The free festival will run from 11 am to 11 pm July 1 to July 4 at downtown’s Lock 3 park and will feature local and national rib vendors.

After two-year absence:Rib, White and Blue Festival will return to Akron for Fourth of July

Free concerts on Lock 3’s stage will begin each night at 7 pm

The lineup includes:

  • July 1: E5C4P3 – The Journey Tribute with Monica Robins & The Whiskey Kings
  • July 2: Bruce in the USA, Tribute to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band with Sinners and Saints
  • July 3: The Best of Queen, presented by Break Free! GEORGIA PLAYERS GUILD with XCESS featuring ANDREA
  • July 4: Creedence Relived, A Tribute to CCR with Brave and Crazy

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The Cleveland Orchestra's 2022 Blossom Music Festival will run through Sept. 4.

Patriotic concerts at Blossom Music Center

The Blossom Music Festival featuring the Cleveland Orchestra kicks off its summer season over the Fourth weekend at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls.

The orchestra will perform “Fanfare for the Common Man” at 8 pm July 2 and conclude with a fireworks show.

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