2017 Greater Cleveland Fireworks Displays

There’s no shortage of ways to celebrate our nation’s birthday this July 4th, but fireworks usually tops the list. With that understanding, I’ve compiled a list of area fireworks displays:

Avon Fireworks

Date:  July 3, 2017 following the Crushers baseball game
Where: Sprenger Stadium
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Avon, Ohio 44011

Avon Lake Fireworks

Date:  July 3, 2017 at 9:00pm
Where: Elmwood park
6200 Elmwood Ave
Independence, OH 44131

Brecksville Home Days Fireworks

Dates:

  • July 1, 2017 at 10:00pm
  • July 2, 2017 at 10:00pm
Where: Downtown Brecksville
Brecksville Road 

in BrecksvilleOhio 44141

Mayfield Fourth of July

Date:  July 1, 2017 at Dusk
Where: Progressive Campus 2
425 N Commons Blvd 

in Mayfield VillageOhio 44143

North Ridgeville “Star Spangled Celebration”

Date:  July 3, 2017 at 10pm
Where: 7565 Avon Belden Rd
North Ridgeville, OH 44039

Warrensville Heights Fireworks

Date:  July 2, 2017 at Dusk
Where: Warrensville Heights High School
4270 Northfield Road 

in Warrensville HeightsOhio 44128

North Olmsted Boom

Date:  July 2, 2017 at Dusk
Where: Great Northern Mall
4954 Great Northern Blvd 

in North OlmstedOhio 44070

Independence 4th of July

Date:  July 3, 2017 at Dusk
Where: Elmwood Park
6363 Selig Drive 

in IndependenceOhio 44131

Bratenahl Fourth of July Fireworks

Date:  July 3, 2017 at Dusk
Where: Village Park
in BratenahlOhio 44108

Lakewood 4th of July Celebration

Date:  July 4, 2017 at 9:45pm
Where: Lakewood Park
in LakewoodOhio 44107

Bay Village Fourth of July

Date:  July 4, 2017 at 9:45pm
Where: Cahoon Memorial Park – West
Cahoon Memorial Park 

in Bay VillageOhio 44140

Solon Independence Day Fireworks

Date:  July 4, 2017 at Dusk
Where: Solon Community Park
6679 SOM Center Rd 

in SolonOhio 44139

Berea Independence Day Fireworks

Date:  July 4, 2017 at 10:00pm
Where: Coe Lake
in BereaOhio 44017

Cleveland 4th of July Fireworks

Date:  July 4, 2017 at Dusk
Where: Shot from where Lake Erie meets the Cuyahoga River in the Flats
in ClevelandOhio 44113

Strongsville 4th of July

Date:  July 4, 2017 at 10:00pm
Where: Foltz Athletic Fields
Foltz Parkway 

in StrongsvilleOhio 44136

Westlake Fourth of July

Date:  July 4, 2017 at Dusk
Where: Clague Park
Clague Road and Hilliard Blvd 

in WestlakeOhio 44145

Home Days On The Green

Dates:

  • July 6, 2017 at 10:00pm
  • July 7, 2017 at 10:00pm
  • July 8, 2017 at 10:00pm
Where: 9543 Broadview Road 
in Broadview HeightsOhio 44147

Fairview Park Summerfest

Date:  July 8, 2017 at Dusk
Where: Bohlken Park
West 210 Street 

in Fairview ParkOhio 44126

Brook Park Home Days

Date:  July 9, 2017 at Dusk
Where: Behind Ford Middle School
17001 Holland Rd 

in Brook ParkOhio 44142
As always, have a safe and enjoyable 4th!

Extended Summer Hours at 8 City of Cleveland Rec Centers

The City of Cleveland Division of Recreation will extend hours at eight recreation centers for the summer. Wednesday through Saturday from now through August 12, 2017, these rec centers will remain open until 11 p.m.
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Made possible in part by the generosity of the Cleveland Foundation, the extended hours are aimed at keeping youth engaged in positive activities during the late evening hours at recreation centers as an alternative to being on the street. We are excited to announce new programming for youth and young adults which includes yoga, ballet and chess. Updated programs and activities are the result of Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative and the Office of Prevention, Intervention and Opportunity for Youth and Young Adults.

Participating recreation centers include:

· Lonnie Burten, 2511 East 46th St.
· Cudell, 1910 West Blvd.
· Glenville, 680 E. 113th.
· Zelma George, 3155 Martin L. King Blvd.
· Michael Zone, 6301 Lorain Ave.
· Earle B. Turner, 11300 Miles Ave.
· Fairfax, 2335 E. 82nd Street
· Thurgood Marshall, 8611 Hough Ave.

Normal business hours for recreation centers are 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Fridays and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Each recreation center will offer youth basketball leagues as well as game room activities and swimming programs. Off-duty police officers will be present at each facility.
Check locations and schedules on the Division of Recreation website.

 

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Browns Release Their 2017 Training Camp Schedule

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In addition to an upgraded training camp layout that includes more than twice as many seats as previous years, the Browns have modified the ticketing process to ensure as many fans as possible are able to receive an up-close and personal view of the team’s preparations for the 2017 season.

Browns fans may secure prioritized access by registering for tickets online and downloading the Browns Mobile App. Once registered, fans will receive their tickets through the Browns Mobile App to access practice. While registering for tickets is strongly recommended, the team will also grant Cleveland fans admittance to practice sessions on a walk-up basis, as space permits.

Browns 2017 season ticket members will have an exclusive window to register for open practices from June 20-21 prior to public availability opening at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 22.

All tickets to training camp will be accessible through the Browns Mobile App. Printed tickets will not be available for training camp in 2017.

On Friday, Aug. 4, FirstEnergy Stadium will host the Orange & Brown Scrimmage, offering fans a unique chance to enjoy practice in the heart of downtown Cleveland. The stadium practice will be a full-pads scrimmage format in 2017.

The Browns’ largest open session returns to Cleveland after extending opportunities to fans in nearby regions through the Orange & Brown Scrimmage in Columbus the past two seasons and the 2014 Family Day at University of Akron’s InfoCision Stadium.

Free registration for the Orange & Brown Scrimmage opens to season ticket members on June 27 and to all fans on June 29. The practice will begin at 5 p.m. and will conclude with select autograph opportunities.

Fans will have the opportunity to register for prioritized access for up to three practices in Berea, along with a maximum of four guests, as space permits. Parties wishing to attend more than three practices or book for groups of six-or-more people are encouraged to contact the Browns ticket office directly (440-824-3434).

When arriving to open practices, fans can access the Browns training facility through the Beech Street entrance, with gates opening one hour before each session starts. Membership-services stations will also be available to all visitors inside and outside the complex to assist fans.

Parking is available on the campus of Baldwin Wallace University, near the intersection of Beech Street and Bagley Road.

Source: Cleveland Browns

 

Arbor Day 2017 In Northeast Ohio!

 

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Cleveland is in the midst of citywide revitalization to improve the quality of life for all citizens, and improving tree canopy is an important element in that transformation. Trees are a critical piece of our community: trees make us healthier and safer, add economic value to our homes and businesses, help us meet environmental challenges, and improve our natural world.

 

Cleveland was once nicknamed The Forest City, but over the last several decades the city has lost about half its tree canopy. Average tree canopy cover across the city is low at 19%, only one quarter of what is possible. Each year an estimated 97 acres of tree canopy is lost. At this rate, canopy will drop to 14% by 2040 unless we act now. The Cleveland Tree Plan is built on the need rebuild the urban forest, together.

 

This Arbor Day, do your part to reforest the Forest City at one of the following fantastic #ArborDayCLE events organized by the Cleveland Tree Coalition or one of its institutional members.

 

If you know of another Arbor Day event taking place in Northeast Ohio, please email sustainability@city.cleveland.oh.us and we will help spread the word.

 

SELECT EARTH DAY AND ARBOR DAY EVENTS in NORTHEAST OHIO

For more details and to learn about many more events click here

 

Wednesday, April 19th

Tree Steward Training Part I

Date of event: April 19th from 5:30-9:00pm

Location: Third Federal Auditorium, 7007 Broadway Avenue, Cleveland, 44105

Website: https://www.wrlandconservancy.org/event/treesteward-041917/

 

Saturday, April 22nd (EARTH DAY)

Celebrations/Festivals

EarthFest

Date of event: April 22nd from 10am-7pm

Location: Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, 19021 Bagley Rd, Middleburg Heights, OH

Website: http://earthdaycoalition.org/

 

Tree Planting

Slavic Village Tree Planting Event

Date of event: April 22 at 8am

Location: Boys and Girls Club, 6114 Broadway Avenue, Cleveland, OH

Website: http://www.wrlandconservancy.org

 

Thursday, April 27th

Fundraiser

Toast to Trees

Date of event: April 27 from 5:30-7:30pm

Location: Nano Brew, 1859 West 25th Street, Cleveland, OH

Website: http://www.wrlandconservancy.org

 

Friday, April 28th (Arbor Day)

Tree Giveaways

Cleveland Metroparks-Ohio Native Tree Seedling Giveaway

Date of Event: April 28th  at various times (see below)

Location: various locations (see below)

Website: www.clevelandmetroparks.com

  • Rocky River Nature Center (9:30am – 5pm)
  • North Chagrin Nature Center (9:30am – 5pm)
  • Brecksville Nature Center (9:30am – 5pm)
  • CanalWay Center (9:00am – 5pm)
  • Watershed Stewardship Center (Fri&Sat 10am-4:30pm, Sun 12-4:30pm)
  • Cleveland Metroparks Zoo (10am – 5pm)

 

Great Sapling Giveaway

Date of event: April 28 from 10 am – 4 pm

Location: Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH and

Holden Arboretum, 9500 Sperry Rd, Kirtland, OH

Website: www.cbgarden.org and www.holdenarb.org

 

Arbor Day Tree Giveaway with Mitchell’s Ice Cream

Date of event: April 28th from 11am-11pm

Location: Mitchell’s Ice Cream

Website: http://mitchellshomemade.com/shops/ and http://www.wrlandconservancy.org

 

Lecture/Tour

Cultivating Plant Conservation for the Future

Date of event: Apr 28, 7 PM

Location: Holden Arboretum, 9500 Sperry Rd, Kirtland, Oh

Website: www.holdenarb.org

 

Healthy Trees: Five Steps to a Thriving Urban Forest with Alan Siewert, ODNR Urban Forester

Date of event: April 28 at 10am

Location: Kendal at Oberlin Heiser Auditorium, 600 Kendal Dr., Oberlin, OH 44074

Website: http://kao.kendal.org/event/2017/03/17/arbor-day-event/

 

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Cleveland Bears Witness. Again.

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After yesterday’s “Decision,” Clevelanders took to downtown much like they did after the last “Decision,” but this time, the vibe was totally different.

There were random chants of “LBJ!”, high-fives to strangers clearly united through the struggles of being a Cleveland sports fan.

In 2010, I was as hurt as anyone was, when I read that LeBron was determined to bring a championship to Cleveland, when I saw the way the city received him wherever he was, our love for him was rooted in something deeper than basketball. For as long as I can remember, it was always difficult bringing sports talent to Cleveland. Sure, we had a few big names pass through, but they were either in the twilight of their career (Rison, Hershiser, Kemp, etc.), or we groomed them in to superstars and then they soon departed. That hard truth suggested that the only way we were going to retain any talent here, was if we cultivated it ourselves. And so we did.

In 2003, our prayers were answered. The drafting of LeBron translated to hope. Not just for our struggling basketball team but, for the city, the region as a whole to rally around. Having grown up in the area, we rested easy on the fact that he knew what it meant to be a Cleveland sports fan, he knew how important his presence was, he was our hero.

For seven years, the city experienced a kind of excitement I had never seen before. We were perennial contenders and for once, even those dreaded self-loathing Clevelanders couldn’t deny our potential.

So when he left, well… You saw it on tv.

There was a reaction like no other, people felt betrayed, abandoned.. Being the product of a blue-collar region, we knew that he respected hard-work, resilience, being hard nosed, etc.. When he took the “easier way” to a ring, people denounced him.

Fast forward to yesterday, our reaction to the decision 2.0 wasn’t us getting back on the bandwagon, it was us celebrating the fact that “‘Bron gets it.”

Reading that letter, it’s clear, he understands what he means to this region.. Anywhere else, he’s just the best basketball player in the league. Here?! His value here is immeasurable.

As a city/region, our biggest import is people. Believe it or not, LeBron’s return is as much a part of our “brain gain,” as anyone elses’ arrival here.

Long story short, this is bigger than basketball. It’s about Cleveland and our region. Just look.

Welcome home LeBron.

Enjoy “Cleveland Nights” At Four Cleveland Recreation Centers This Summer

The City of Cleveland and Cleveland Foundation today announced that an $80,000 foundation grant will keep four city recreation centers open until 11 p.m. four nights a week throughout the summer, starting on June 18.

The “Cleveland Nights” program, launched in 2012 with a grant from the Cleveland Foundation,  supported extended hours and special programming at four city rec centers over the past two summers. More than 22,000 adults and young people have taken advantage of the “Cleveland  Nights” program.

“This grant from the Cleveland Foundation will provide a safe place for youth to be where they  will have organized activities that will ensure hours of fun during their summer break,” said  Mayor Frank G. Jackson.  The four city rec centers that are part of the “Cleveland Nights” program are: Cudell (1910 West Blvd.), Glenville (680 E. 113 St.), Lonnie Burten (2511 E. 46 St.) and Zelma George (3155 MLK Jr. Blvd.). The centers will remain open until 11 p.m. every Wednesday through Saturday  beginning June 18 through August 9.

Each rec center will have midnight basketball leagues for the youth, as well as game room activities and swimming programs. “In 2012, our board of directors approved a grant to extend rec center hours as a way of keeping  more young people positively engaged over the summer months,” said Robert E. Eckardt, executive vice president of the Cleveland Foundation.

“We are thrilled with the number of young people who have taken advantage of this program and hope that even more will participate in this safe and free neighborhood activity this summer.”

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How To Navigate Around Movie Filming Downtown

I’m sure the filming of the Avengers or Captain America is fresh in your head, so you know, as new movies are shot here, traffic patterns change.

With that being said, the newest movie to use the city as a backdrop, Criminal Activities, will begin filming TODAY (May 27, 2014).

The schedule below reflects street and/or lane closures that you may encounter during production. Please plan ahead and use alternate routes. Thank you for your patience and for supporting Cleveland’s film industry. Please be on the lookout for reminders and updates.

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