Lakeside’s Fourth of July Festivities

Posted on June 30, 2011

Fourth of July community activities begin 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 to receive a balloon.

Following the bike parade will be the Fourth of July Float Parade at 10:15 a.m. The Grand Marshal for the Float Parade will be Mary Ann Hirsch, executive assistant to President/CEO Kevin Sibbring.

Hirsch and her family have been coming to Lakeside since 1977 and became permanent summer residents of the Campground in 1999. Before Hirsch served as Lakeside Association Front Desk Receptionist from 1999 to 2005, she was a school secretary in Cleveland for 14 years. Hirsch took on a full-time Administration Receptionist position in 2005, and her current position as Executive Assistant six months later. In the winter months, she commutes to Lakeside from Newburgh Heights, Ohio.

Hirsch will proudly represent more than 350 Lakeside volunteers in the Fourth of July Float Parade. These volunteers contribute their time and hard work in many areas, including, but not limited to, Spring Cleanup Day, the Rhein Center, Hoover Auditorium, Lakesider proofreading and delivery, Lakeside Fund Ambassadors, Kids Setting Sail, Lakeside Association Board, Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation Board and Advisory Teams. Volunteers dedicated more than 5,325 hours to Lakeside in 2010.

Both parades will travel from east to west on Second Street. Spectators are invited to dress patriotically as part of this Lakeside holiday tradition.

Join fellow Lakesiders from 1-7 p.m. on the lawn of Hotel Lakeside to enjoy the taste of summer at a Fourth of July cookout. The cookout will be catered by Jason Platfoot of the Hotel Lakeside Café. Meals will include a hamburger or brat, potato salad, chips and a cookie for $6. Water and pop will be sold for $1.

Central Ohio Brass Band (COBB) will perform at 6 p.m. at the Steele Memorial Bandstand, 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.”

This non-profit organization includes a diverse group of individuals from the Central Ohio community. The band frequently plays at churches, community festivals and with school groups to promote the brass band tradition in the U.S.

At 9:45 p.m., or dusk, fireworks off the Lakeside dock will offer a spectacular finale to the day.