AKRON, Ohio (WJW) – The City of Akron Fourth of July weekend festivities, including the Rib, White and Blue Festival at Lock 3, have kicked off.

The festival will go through July 4, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. each day.

At the festival, visitors can enjoy ribs, pulled pork, chicken, corn and a variety of fair food from local vendors. Local vendors include:

  • After Hours BBQ
  • PigFoot BBQ
  • Grill Masters
  • Stray Dog Trucks
  • Homemade Delites

National rib vendors will compete for bragging rights for Best Ribs, Best Sauce and People’s Choice Awards.

Admission to the festival is free as well as parking at the City of Akron decks, including the State Street Parking Deck and Cascade Parking Deck.

Regular rates will apply on July 3, but there will be free parking on July 4. Motorcycle parking is available on Quaker St.

There will also be concerts on the Lock 3 Cleveland Clinic Stage beginning at 7 p.m. each day. Those include:

  • July 3: Hotel California – The Original Eagles Tribute Band with The TwistOffs
  • July 4: Wanted–Bon Jovi Tribute with Wishgarden

The festival comes to a close on the Fourth of July with a downtown fireworks display set to launch right after the Akron RubberDucks game ends around 9:45 p.m.

Other neighborhood fireworks displays will be launched from Patterson Park Sports Complex and the Akron Executive Airport at 9:45 p.m.

For more information about the Rib, White and Blue Festival at Lock 3, click here.