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Parades, fireworks and concerts are planned in communities in Portage County and beyond for the Independence Day holiday.
Aurora: Events will kick off with the one-mile and 5K fun runs at 8 a.m. Thursday at the Bicentennial Park gazebo. The parade, stepping off at 11 a.m., will proceed from Barrington Town Square onto S.R. 306, go south past Town Hall and turn west on West Pioneer Trail. The July 4 festival will follow the parade at Kiwanis-Moore Playground and will run until about 4 p.m. The fireworks will start at about 9:45 p.m. The display will be shot from near the city cemetery on the north side of West Pioneer Trail.
Hiram: The Hiram Old Fashioned Fourth of July, a two-day event, starts at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday with a pre-fireworks concert and family fun at 7:30 p.m. in the Hiram College Football Field. Fireworks take place at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Thursday's activities include a softball game, family activities, historical displays, a car show, games, contests and music. The Grand Parade steps off at 1:30 p.m. from Hiram Christian Church. Detailed information can be found at hiram4th.com
Kent: Fireworks, being set off from the old RB&W site on Mogadore Road, will begin at 10 p.m. Saturday as part of the Kent Heritage Festival.
Mantua Township: Green Family Funeral Home will host its semi-annual free outdoor Independence Day concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday on the grounds of the funeral home at S.R. 44 and Pioneer Trail. The Garretttones will perform. Those attending are asked to bring lawn chairs or blankets, enjoy the music and have a hot dog. The concert will conclude in time for those attending local fireworks shows to get there in time. In the event of rain, the concert will take place at the Mantua Knights of Columbus Hall on S.R. 44, just north of S.R. 82.
Newton Falls: The Newton Falls Fourth of July committee will host a parade at 10 a.m. Thursday.
The fireworks take place at 10 p.m. Thursday. The events are part of a weekend's worth of activities that also include a car show, a motorcycle show, a carnival and more.
Stow: The 2013 Stow Fourth of July parade starts at 10 a.m. Thursday at Stow-Kent Shopping Center on Kent Road (S.R. 59).