Lakeside’s Fourth of July Celebration

Posted on June 25, 2014

Lakeside Chautauqua’s Fourth of July celebration begins at 10 a.m. with the Children’s Bike Parade departing from Perry Park. Participants of all ages should arrive early with an already-decorated bike. Due to a worldwide helium shortage, balloons will not be distributed for bikes this year.

Following the bike parade will be the Fourth of July Float Parade at 10:15 a.m. Both parades will travel west on Second Street.

Spectators are invited to dress patriotically, as part of this Lakeside holiday tradition.

The Grand Marshal for both parades will be Leslie (Les) Cunningham, a familiar face around the Lakeside community. Cunningham  leads the Children’s Bike Parade every year. He also ushers at Hoover Community Worship Services, assists Chip Richter with God Squad, volunteers at the Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival and helps at Lakeside’s Annual Spring Cleanup Day.

Individuals or groups may enter the Float Parade by completing a participant form. These forms are available at the Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office or online at


Enjoy the taste of summer at a Fourth of July cookout from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on the front lawn of Hotel Lakeside. The cookout will be catered by Jason Platfoot of Black Tie Catering.

Meals will include a hamburger, BBQ pork or brat, potato salad, chips and a cookie for $7. Water and pop will be sold for $1.

Central Ohio Brass Band (COBB) will perform from 6-8 p.m. at the Steele Memorial Bandstand (Central Park Gazebo), 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.”

Read ‘Arts & Entertainment’ page 13 for more information about COBB’s performance.

At 9:45 p.m., fireworks off the Lakeside dock will offer a spectacular finale to the day. Due to preparations for fireworks, the dock will close for the day as early as 2 p.m.  

Please watch for signs at the Pavilion for exact details on Friday, July 4.