Lakeside Chautauqua’s Fourth of July celebration begins at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 4 with the Children’s Bike Parade departing from Perry Park. Participants of all ages should arrive early with an already-decorated bike. In advance of the Children’s Bike Parade, we encourage families to designate a place for children to find their families after they’ve finished passing through the parade.
Following the bike parade will be the Fourth of July Float Parade at 10:15 a.m. Both parades travel west on Second Street and will occur come rain or shine. Spectators are invited to dress patriotically as part of this Lakeside holiday tradition. To participate in the Float Parade, complete the registration form by Saturday, July 1.
This year’s Grand Marshal will be Marilyn Burns, owner of Marilyn’s and Marilyn’s Two. Originally from Sylvania, Burns taught junior high for 35 years in her hometown. Before coming to Lakeside, she owned five stores in the Toledo area called The Apple Tree, selling country home goods and collectibles. While still in Toledo, she worked with Lakeside realtor and store owner Carol Yoakam, who purchased inventory from Burns. Then, in 1999, Burns moved to Lakeside and opened her first store at 209 W. Second St., where World Next Door is currently located. In 2002, she left that location when she purchased the building at 223 Walnut Ave., which Lakesiders today know and love as Marilyn’s. In 2009, she purchased the house at 123 W. Second St. and called it Marilyn’s Two. “The best thing about living and working in Lakeside is the kids,” Burns said. “I love the kids. They are the future of our community, our church and our country. Looking at the kids we have here, I think we’re in good hands.” This year marks Burns’ 49th year working in retail and 19th year in Lakeside.
Enjoy the taste of summer at the Fourth of July Cookout from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on the Hotel Lakeside lawn. The menu includes grilled chicken or ¼ rack of BBQ ribs, potato salad baked beans and cookies.
The Fourth of July festivities continue with live music from 12:30-8:30 p.m. at the Pavilion and the Steele Memorial Bandstand/Gazebo.
Other activities throughout the day include, shuffleboard, miniature golf, sailing, swimming and tennis.
At 9:45 p.m., or dusk, fireworks will offer a spectacular finale to the holiday. This year, a barge will be used to launch the fireworks from the north end of the dock, weather permitting. In the event of inclement weather, the fireworks will be moved to Wednesday, July 5.
There will also be a special showing of "Wonder Woman" (PG-13) at 3:30 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. in Orchestra Hall.
Purchasing a Daily, Partial Day or Season Chautauqua Pass includes admission into Lakeside Chautauqua and the Fourth of July events, plus additional benefits. As always, children age 12 and under and guests over age 90 are always free. Parking is an additional charge. Chautauqua Passes and Auto Passes may be purchased online at tickets.lakesideohio.com or upon entering the gates of Lakeside. Please allow two weeks for online processing.
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