Akron July 4th events: Rib, White and Blue

4:19 PM, Jun 30, 2011   |    comments
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AKRON -- The Fourth of July weekend in Akron will be a four-day extravaganza on South Main Street in Downtown Akron with great music from the Lock 3 stage.

The weekend begins during the lunch hour Friday, July 1 at 11 a.m. and continues through Monday night, July 4. The festival opens at 11 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Monday and noon on Sunday.

Rib, White and Blue, Akron's National Rib Festival, is Northeast Ohio's largest free admission rib burn-off.

For the second year, the City of Akron will feature the Akron Symphony Orchestra in a pops concert on Monday, July 4 with a grand fireworks finale inside Lock 3 at 9:45 p.m.

On the Akron General Lock 3 Stage all weekend will be tributes to Bon Jovi, the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and on Saturday, Lock 3 presents the music of "The Boss," Bruce in the USA, the World's #1 Tribute to Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band.

In addition to barbecued pork and chicken favorites, the festival also features fresh roasted corn, gyros, Italian sausage, blossom Onions, funnel cakes, Birch Root Beer, and fresh squeezed lemonade.

There will also be mechanical rides for children on Main Street, inflatable rides in Lock 3 and the "Magical Train" will be doing tours of the Towpath along the canal. Rides are available by purchasing tickets at the site.

Parking and Directions

Make it a weekend in downtown Akron

Music from the Akron General Stage at Lock 3

Times/dates/bands schedule

There will be continuous music during the four-day festival including the following bands: The Satisfiers; Bad Medicine, A Tribute to Bon Jovi; Alex Bevan; Mo Mojo;  Bruce in the USA, The World's #1 Tribute to Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band; Big House, a Tribute to the Allman Brothers; Second Helping, a Salute to Lynyrd Skynyrd; River City Jazz Band; Brass Band of the Western Reserve; and closing the weekend will be the Akron Symphony Orchestra Pops with fireworks at 9:45 p.m. Monday.

As noted above, American music classics begin at 3 p.m. with the River City Jazz Band, and continue with the Brass Band of the Western Reserve (5:30 p.m.) The Akron Symphony's program, "American Icons" under the direction of Christopher Wilkins, will even feature cannon fire as punctuation, asking the musical question, "What if Richard Rodgers (like Tchaikovsky) thought a cannon was an instrument?"


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