By MAX FILBY
Most regional Fourth of July celebrations kick off on Thursday, July 3, and continue through Sunday, July 6.
Here is a listing of area fireworks shows and activities to celebrate Independence Day:
Fireworks at the Hancock County Fairgrounds will be shot off Thursday at dusk.
The fairground gates will open at 4 p.m. for food, activities, gospel music, and music from the band Tongue ‘n Groove.
The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Meijer, Anderson and Hoffner Dental Center, Flag City Furniture and Bedding, Impact Credit Union, Marathon, Ohio Logistics, Owens Community College, The Courier, 1330 WFIN, 100.5 WKXA and 106.3 The Fox.
Findlay will also have a parade on July 4, starting at 11 a.m. It will be led by military personnel, veterans, police officers, firefighters and emergency medical services. Floats can line up in the Marathon parking lot at 9 a.m. and judging will begin at 9:30 a.m.
First prize for the float contest is $200, second prize is $100 and third prize is $50. Two $50 prizes will also be awarded to the kids with the best-decorated bikes in the parade.
Bowling Green’s fireworks will take place at dusk on Thursday at Bowling Green State University’s intramural fields. The football stadium will be open for seating.
The Bowling Green area Community Band will be performing before the show at 8 p.m.
The events are free and open to the public. Sparklers, fireworks and alcohol are all prohibited from the grounds for safety reasons.
Red, White, KABOOM will again feature a variety of music, food, fireworks and activities.
Activities will begin at 6 p.m. Friday in Promenade Park in downtown Toledo on the riverfront. Admission is free.
Soft drinks, food, and beer will be available for sale in the park. A performance by The Jamm Band featuring Bruce Sims will begin around 7 p.m., finishing before the 10 p.m. fireworks show. Proceeds from the event will go toward the Imagination Station.
No outside food, beverages, backpacks, coolers, tents, canopies, bikes, skateboards, skates, or pets will be allowed inside the park during the event.
Tiffin Park and Recreation’s Fourth of July celebration will again take place at Hedges-Boyer Park this year, with fireworks beginning at 10 p.m. Thursday.
Activities will start at 1 p.m. that day with games in the swimming pool. At 3 p.m. there will be a kids cornhole tournament and an adult cornhole tournament will follow at 5 p.m. A pet parade will also take place at 5 p.m.
A Big Wheel race will take place at 6 p.m. for anyone between the ages of 5 and 8 and a water balloon toss for people of all ages will start at 6:30 p.m.
A money hunt for anybody 11 years old or under will start at 7 p.m. and a live band will also perform at 7 p.m. Following the fireworks at 10 p.m., there will be a movie showing at 10:30 p.m.
Lima’s Star Spangled Spectacular will set off fireworks at 10 p.m. Friday in Faurot Park.
Activities during the day will include a 5K run, games, food, a car show and other activities.
The band Nashville Crush will take the stage at 6 p.m. followed by the Lima Area Concert Band at 7 p.m.
Nashville Crush will make an encore performance at 10:30 p.m. after the fireworks.
Fostoria’s Fireworks show will start at dusk on Saturday, July 5 at Foundation Park. Concession stands will open and music by DJ Calen Bloom will start at 5 p.m. at the park. The Geary Family YMCA will host a “vintage baseball game” starting at 6 p.m. at the park and the third annual Fostoria’s Got Talent contest, sponsored by the Fostoria Focus, starts at 8 p.m. Registration for the contest will be open from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to the first 20 Fostoria residents to sign up in the age groups of 5 to 12, 13 to 17 and 18 and up.
The Ladies Auxiliary of the McComb Veterans of Foreign Wars organization will host fireworks at the park at 10 p.m. Saturday, July 5. The group is asking for donations to help defray the cost of the show.
Bluffton will have its fireworks show at the Bluffton University football stadium at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 28.
The show is sponsored by First National Bank and Springfield Fireworks and is put on by the Bluffton Chamber of Commerce.
Country Acres, Kalida
Country Acres Golf Club in Kalida will be hosting its annual Fourth of July celebration on Sunday, July 6.
Rides start at 7 p.m., with fireworks at 10 p.m. Raffle tickets, food and beverages will be available for sale. Carry-in coolers aren’t allowed.
Proceeds go to the Putnam County Cancer Assistance Program.
Red, White and Boom in Columbus boasts the largest fireworks show in Ohio.
It is free and open to the public and will take place at 10 p.m. Thursday in downtown Columbus. Activities will start at noon.
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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a corrected version of this story.