Patriots Band kicks off July 4th fireworks with free 90-minute concert on Perry Memorial plaza
PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio – Lorain County’s 80-member Patriots Band will kick off Independence Day’s evening celebration with a free concert on the lower plaza of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Thursday, July 4, at 6 pm. The Patriots Band will play a selection of patriotic music and selections from the Music Man during the 90-minute concert.
“The staff at Perry’s Victory and International Memorial is excited to host the Patriots Band,” said Superintendent Barbara Rowles. “They have been compared to an old-fashioned hometown band playing at a community picnic.”
“July 4th is always a busy day at the National Park,” said Superintendent Rowles. Rangers work extra hours to assist people parking on park property to watch the evening fireworks display and work a special event on the park’s Observation Deck hosted by its Friends Group, the Friends of Perry’s Victory (Perry Group).
Put-in-Bay Business Owners and Friends of the Bay sponsor the annual 30-minute fireworks display. Fireworks will begin at dark on July 4. The fireworks are shot from a barge in Put-in-Bay’s downtown harbor in front of the Memorial Column, explained Superintendent Rowles. Hundreds of visitors view the fireworks from the grounds of the National Park. The Perry Group will host a special event on the Observation Deck to view the fireworks, she added. The fundraiser will help generate capital improvement funds for projects such as waysides and elements that cannot be funded with federal money. For more information about the Perry Group, its mission and its event schedule, visit friendsofperry.org.