Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and on-going crowd restrictions, the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums’ annual Independence Day Concert featuring the Toledo Symphony Concert Band will not have a public, in-person audience this year.
The band will be recorded before Independence Day, and broadcast at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 4, by WGTE Public Media and on radio at FM 91.3.
“Although it is disappointing for the many people who love coming to this concert, we are very excited that this Independence Day tradition can still take place,” said Kristina Smith, marketing/communications manager. “We are so thankful to our partners, the Toledo Symphony Concert Band and WGTE, for making this happen. We hope everyone will join us virtually on July 4.”
The band will play a patriotic repertoire, including traditional favorites, Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” and John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.”
The Independence Day Concert is sponsored by Hal & Diane Hawk and Crown Battery with additional funding by Mosser Construction.
Additionally, Hayes Presidential will have shortened hours on Saturday, July 4. The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and tours of the home will be offered at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. The research library will be closed for the holiday.