For a truly bone-rattling celebration of the Fourth of July, the place to be is the Hayes Presidential Center’s Independence Day Concert. Set for 2-3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4, on the lawn in front of the home of 19th President Rutherford B. Hayes, the event features a performance by the Toledo Symphony Concert Band. Civil War re-enactors provide unique percussion to the band’s performance of the 1812 Overture by firing a series of cannon.
Admission to the Independence Day Concert is free thanks to title sponsors Crown Battery/Hal & Diane Hawk. Additional funding is provided by Mosser Construction Inc, Richard Binau Insurance & Financial Services, United Ohio Insurance Co., and numerous individuals and businesses who support this popular event.
Attendees are reminded to bring their own seats and come prepared for the weather (sunscreen and/or bug spray.) Snacks and drinks can be purchased at a refreshment stand. Free parking is available on the grounds of the Hayes Presidential Center and adjoining city streets.
Repertoire for the concert includes show tunes, popular favorites, a selection of flag-waving melodies, and an Armed Forces tribute. Military veterans in the audience are invited to stand when the theme of their branch of the armed services is played. Those attending the Independence Day Concert are encouraged to show their patriotic spirit by wearing red, white, and blue clothing.
Due to the federal holiday, the Hayes Home and Hayes Museum will observe holiday hours of noon-5 p.m. Concert attendees are encouraged to come early to view the exclusive Hayes Museum exhibit–War of 1812 on the Ohio Frontier. The exhibit focuses on the important role Ohio played in the war, with special attention given to the battles at Fort Meigs, Fort Stephenson and on Lake Erie. Admission to the exhibit is included in the Hayes Museum ticket price of $7.50/adults, $6.50/senior citizens and $3/children ages 6-12. Children younger than age 6 are admitted free.
The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is located at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont. The facility is affiliated with the Ohio Historical Society. Check the Hayes Presidential Center website www.rbhayes.org for a complete list of year-round special events.