Lakeside's Fourth of July celebration

Lakeside's Fourth of July celebration

Lakeside Chautauqua’s Fourth of July celebration begins 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. 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 east to 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. He 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. at the Hotel Lakeside front lawn. 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.”

Other activities throughout the day include shuffleboard, miniature golf, sailing and tennis.

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.

Admission to Lakeside requires a (one-day) Daily Chautauqua Pass ($19.75 for adults, $13.75 for youth, ages 12-18, and free for children under age 12 and guests over age 90). A Season Chautauqua Pass is also available for adults and youth. A Partial Day Chautauqua Pass (three-hours) is available for $6.50.

To park on the Lakeside grounds or in the South Gate Parking Lot, a Daily Auto Pass is required for $8.25 per day or a Season Auto Pass. Limited free parking is available at Danbury High School (cars must be registered at the Hoover Auditorium Ticket Office). There is no shuttle service provided to or from the school.

For more information about gate passes and auto passes, visit

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