Sunday, July 16, 2017

4th of July Festivities

My Sailor

Well, Bryce had to work on the 4th, and Nicolas didn’t really want to go to any parades or anything, so we hung out at home in the morning.  After lunch, we headed down to nearby Fremont, OH where I had heard there was going to be concert by Toledo Symphony Orchestra on the grounds of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Home.

Entrance to the grounds

Hayes Home

There was apparently a parking issue due to a bigger crowd than they expected, but we easily found a spot on the street just a couple blocks away.  We walked to the grounds, and joined the crowd already assembled on the lawn, just in time for the concert to start.

Large crowd enjoying the concert on the lawn


The Orchestra was on the porch of the Hayes Home.

Toledo Symphony Orchestra

They played a selection of patriotic tunes, and during one medley of songs had a couple dressed as Rutherford and Lucy Hayes reading from the letters they wrote to each other while he was away fighting in the Civil War.

Rutherford B. Hayes

Lucy Hayes

Nicolas said it wasn’t exactly his type of music, but it was pretty good, and in the final number they had some Civil War Re-Enactors shooting off cannons.

Shooting cannons

That was exciting! and loud!

Civil War Cannons


Afterwards, we walked past to take a look at the cannons, and got to see one more firing up close!  They let the announcer fire the cannon (ok, it was just a blank – no actual cannons were fired),and I think he was shocked at how loud it was!

Getting ready for one more demo


After the concert, we went back to the camper to get Casey out for a while and give her dinner, then we headed into Port Clinton for the evening.  There were lots of activities planned, including a car show in a park in downtown.

Classic cars in the park

It was a small show, but there were several really nice old cars,



Hot Rod

and some interesting & unique ones, too!


Edsel grill

I think this one would look great behind the motorhome!


You could drive it to the beach and have your own diving board!

Literally a boat . . . complete with diving platform!

Nicolas had his own favorites!


Nicolas likes the Mustangs!

Another favorite!

After looking at all the cars, we enjoyed a complimentary dish of ice cream at the ice cream social, and then went in search of somewhere to eat dinner and a good spot to watch the various fireworks scheduled for that night.

We were told that if we went to the state park east of Port Clinton, we could see not only Part Clinton’s fireworks, but also Put-in-Bay’s and Cedar Point’s fireworks.

We found the state park, and sure enough, there was a group of people congregating along the shoreline with chairs, so we were in the right place.  We picked a good spot and set up our chairs.  For a hot day, it was quickly cooling off as a strong wind was blowing in off the water!


None of us had brought sweatshirts, so we had to get the quilt out of the Jeep and huddle together under it!



We watched the sun set as we waited for the fireworks and the crowd continued to grow.

Pretty sky

Beautiful sunset

A crowd has gathered

Despite the chilly breeze off the lake, it was a beautiful evening and we enjoyed watching the fireworks over Lake Erie!

Waiting for the fireworks


  1. Nice way to spend July 4th!! Can't beat huddling;o))

  2. Looks like another great Family Day.
    (Note to self: Keep Sweat Shirts in Jeep)
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.


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