City of Akron celebrates 4th of July with neighborhood based fireworks


AKRON, Ohio (WJW) — The City of Akron came up with a unique way to celebrate the Fourth of July, while still maintaining social distancing.

The Office of Integrated Development organized a synchronized program of fireworks that was launched from multiple locations, which included the Akron Executive Airport, Patterson Park Ballfields, Summit Lake, and the State Street Parking Deck downtown.

Perimeters in these areas were set up to keep spectators away. Instead, they were encouraged to watch the fireworks from their own homes or neighborhood.

“Residents should ensure minimum 6ft separation from others and wear facial coverings if leaving their property or car at any time during the display,” officials said in a press release.

They were also able to listen to a patriotic soundtrack with WONE and Rubber City Radio Group by tuning in to 97.5 FM.

“With so many summer activities on hold or cancelled this year, it was important that we were able to maintain one of our Fourth of July traditions,” said Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan. “These are trying times in our country, our state, and our city, and it’s important that we take a moment to celebrate and recommit to our highest national ideals.  By spreading out our fireworks displays into our neighborhoods, we can create a safe way for our community to share a meaningful experience while preserving physical distance.”

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