November 24, 2014


What you need to know for Elyria’s fireworks celebration

Fourth of July fireworks are shot off at Cascade Park in Elyria in 2007. The last time the city had a fireworks display was 2008. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

Fourth of July fireworks are shot off at Cascade Park in Elyria in 2007. The last time the city had a fireworks display was 2008. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

Elyria is preparing to hold an Independence Day fireworks celebration for the first time since 2008.

Elyria’s 2014 Salute to America: The Great American Picnic and Fireworks Show will be held from 4 to 11 p.m. on July 2 at WestPark, 1200 Foster Ave.

The park will open to the public at 4 p.m., with the picnic beginning at 4:30 p.m. when concession stands and vendors open.

The local vendors who will be offering food include CoFields Barbecue, Marcos Pizza, Donna’s Diner, Sambinos Pizza, By The Slab, and Hershey’s Ice Cream.

ElyriaParks and Recreation staff will provide family games, activities, face painting and more from 6 to 7:45 p.m. Yellow Delicious will provide live entertainment from 8 to 9:30 p.m.

Starting at 9:30 p.m., Mayor Holly Brinda will give a welcome address and introduce the presenting sponsors. The American Legion Post 12 will present the colors for the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by Elyria High graduate JC Conley performing the Star Spangled Banner.

The fireworks show will begin at about 10 p.m., and last until about 10:30 p.m.

Attendees will be allowed to bring blankets, beach towels, tarps, lawn chairs, personal-size umbrellas, sealed water bottles, wagons and coolers into the park.

The following items will be prohibited: fireworks or sparklers, play pens, throwing or batting toys, skateboards or inline skates, bicycles, laser pointers, alcohol, weapons, illegal drugs, tents, large golf umbrellas, large flags, and animals (except service dogs).

The city and area businesses are working to create parking for this event however, there will still be a limited number of parking spots available. Attendees are encouraged to carpool.

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Parking on the streets will be limited, so pay attention to posted signage.

Parking will be prohibited on Penfield from Lowell Street to Foster Avenue; Foster Avenue from Woodland Avenue to the park entrance; and Oakwood Street from Penfield Avenue to Clemens Avenue.

Only residential traffic will be permitted on Penfield, Rockfern and Seneca avenues.

The West Park South Parking Lot will open at 5 p.m. for limited general parking on a first-come, first-serve basis. Cars should enter the south parking lot via the west drive off Lowell Street. The east entrance will be blocked off for pedestrian traffic.

Handicap parking can be access by entering the Central West Park Parking Lot via the Foster Avenue entrance. A handicap parking tag will be required to gain access.

Free parking will be available at the following businesses: Kennedy’s Cycle, 1019 Lowell St.; the former FirstMerit Bank Building, 1000 Lowell St.; Matt-A-Mattic, 810 Lowell St.; Plasto-Tech, 708 Lowell St.; Original Glorious Apostolic Church, 616 Foster Ave.; Thomas Jefferson School, 616 Foster Ave.; Leggit & Platt, grass lot at corner of Lowell Street and Woodland Avenue; Lowell Street Baptist Church, 642 Lowell St.; and the vacant grass lot on the north side of Lowell Street, between Waverly Street and West Park Recycling.

Parking will be available at the close of business for each location, and varies by location. All parking at these locations is at your own risk.

Traffic patterns in the area will be adjusted for the event.

Traffic exiting the park will be directed east on Foster Avenue to Lake Avenue. Traffic will be prohibited from turning north on Penfield and Woodland, as well as turning south on Penfield, Rockfern, Seneca and Woodland. Motorists will also be prohibited from traveling south on Penfield and Woodland from Spruce Street to Foster Avenue.

West of the east Lowell Street entrance to the West Recreation South Parking Lot, motorists will be directed west on Lowell Street. East of the east Lowell Street entrance to the West Recreation South Parking Lot, motorists will be directed east on Lowell Street to Lake Avenue. Traffic will be prohibited from turning north on Penfield, Rockfern, Seneca and Woodland avenues from Lowell Street will be prohibited.

Westbound traffic on Foster Avenue and Lowell Street (from Lake to Penfield) will be prohibited until after traffic has been cleared from the areas immediately surrounding the park.

The city will enforce a citywide curfew at the park beginning at 11:30 p.m. to encourage citizens to leave WestPark and the neighborhood immediately after the fireworks show.

In the event of inclement weather, a rain date is schedule for July 3.

  • GreatRedeemer

    They should get some of the Lorain county transit busses to run a loop. They are always asking for money. Perhaps if the taxpayers saw some benefit they might look kinder next time around. Unlike the casino runs, the money stays in the county.

  • Robbie Tomblin-Hengartner

    Kinda stupid no playpens for an all day event…

    • FoodForThought63

      Guess people will have to watch their kids, oh my

  • oldruss

    July 2nd?! And here I thought Independence Day was celebrated on July 4th, the day the Declaration of Independence was first read to the public in Philadelphia. So why have the Independence Day fireworks on a Wednesday night, two days before the real Independence Day? How messed up is that?!

    • Janet Balice Lazich

      Having it on the 2nd eliminates the need to pay overtime. That’s why they do it that way.

      • oldruss


      • ann

        Oh from what I read in the paper, they made enough to pay Police overtime! 4 o’clock start on a wednesday, people just getting off work, no need to make it so early, 6 or 7 to 10 is enough time to celebrate, there for less over time!! This is just a mess!!!!!

      • ann

        And they will still pay overtime anyway, no matter Wed, or Friday!!!

    • Bill

      Only a handful of communities are doing it on the 4th. Grafton and Lorain’s are on the 4th with the majority doing it on the 3rd.

    • golfingirl

      Lorain has them on the 4th.

      Must have more money than Elyria.

      This will definitely give Lorain “bragging” rights.

      • Arietta Sullivan

        i have noticed for years now that Lorain always has more festivals,parades,events, etc then Elyria. kinda strange with how Lorain is always stereotyped.

  • Starryeyes63

    Ummm The Ohio Supreme Court rules weapons (concealed) can not be banned from Public (municipal) Parks. I saw no exception for special events. Beside we know the bad guys and gang banger will follow this rule. You are only disarming law abiding citizens.

    • Mark B

      someone needs to sue the city over this

      • Starryeyes63

        Have no plan on going so won’t be me.

  • A.J.

    Why is the story whited out??

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      • bassna

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  • Ohio Carry

    The city of Elyria can ban “weapons” from the parks. Weapons could include, knives, daggers, BB guns, etc, but CANNOT include firearms. Firearms fall under state preemption and are absolutely allowed in the public park. Make sure you stay out of any building unless that building is specifically used as a restroom, shelter, or parking garage. But both concealed and open carry of firearms should be perfectly fine. If there is an issue, please contact Ohio Carry by either the Facebook page, or email, or on the website at We will pursue any violation of state law.

    • Starryeyes63

      I stand corrected.

    • GreatRedeemer

      Sounds like a family friendly event, bring your gun.
      Certainly you have your rights as do I.

  • ann

    On the 2nd stinks, I work way early morning, supported businesses to help get the fireworks back, and still can not attend! July 4th is the holiday Not the 2nd! What gives people the right to change things all the time, Hey lets Celebrate christmas on December 1st cause it’s more convenient!!!!! There is no conformity or Unity anymore!!!!

    • Sis Delish

      You may send your personal, handwritten “Thanks, but No Thanks” note to all the various Government Labor Unions who would not waive their Overtime Pay to have America’s Celebration on its Real Date.

      You can also penn another to Your Mayor who believes starting an event at 4 p.m. on a regular work day benefits those who pay the bills. Obviously, an attempt at rewarding folks too poor to pay for fireworks with an early admission policy. Be kind, though, this is her “biggest accomplishment yet!”, per the C-T Story back a few months.

      Lastly, send one more nice Note to City Council. Don’t know what to put in that Note, but I’m certain you can come up with a few doozies!

      One can always stay home and protect your property from opportunists who will see this mid-work-week exodus from home to the far West-Side of town as easy-pickings.

  • Nunyabiznazz

    I think it’s great that sponsors have made it possible for us to have fireworks again. Making it an all day celebration is also a wonderful idea, and I applaud everyone involved for their hard work, planning, and vision to get things done. I do think it’s sad that bikes are not allowed, especially with limited parking. It would be simple to require that they be secured upon entrance to the park.

  • Crystal Nutter

    ok So when is the 2nd set of fireworks? I was told there will be another day of them because so much money was raised.

    • Julie Wallace

      They will be set off in coordination with the Cleveland Pops concert later this summer. I don’t have the precise date at my fingertips, but the concert is in Ely Square.