Monday, July 9, 2012
The audience was protected by a 350-square-foot safety zone, as well as sandbags that surrounded the racks of fireworks
Thousands of people gathered for the annual fireworks show on the Fourth of July near Civic Center Park in Mentor. And, while the show was beautiful, there was one moment that caused a few viewers to gasp in concern instead of awe. A firework exploded prematurely while still on the rack, limning the skyline in bright orange and red. Fortunately, no one was injured, Mentor City Manager Kenneth Filipiak explained in his weekly memo to City Council. "One of the firework 'racks' misfired causing a shell to explode in the rack," Filipiak wrote. "Fortunately, in addition to the 350-foot safety zone enforced by our fire department, we also require the additional precaution of sandbags encompassing the 'racks.' In this instance the potential harm …
Friday, July 6, 2012
The fireworks provided an appropriate close to Mentor's Fourth of July festivities
Nature was throwing some of its own fireworks shortly before the city of Mentor's Fourth of July pyrotechnic show. However, neither the flickering lightning in the distance nor the summer heat deterred the crowd that gathered at Civic Center Park and Mentor High School for the annual tradition. Feel free to add your own fireworks photos to our gallery. I suspect many of you got some great shots Wednesday.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Everyone loves a parade, especially when it's the beginning of Mentor's Fourth of July celebration.
There was no telling who you could meet at the city of Mentor's annual Fourth of July parade -- Uncle Sam or Spider Man, a local politician or a future Marine. The heat did little to slow the parade as it wound through the Headlands neighborhood. There was lots of candy and people cheering from start to finish.
Our Mentor Patch Moms Council talk about their plans for the holiday
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Each week the Mentor Patch Moms Council answers a question posed to them by readers or another member of council. This week's question: What are you plans for the Fourth of July? Mary Jo Stack: With the holiday smack dab in the middle of the week, it will be a very quiet Fourth for us. We plan to just hang out around the house. Donna Milnes: We have always gone to the pool on the Fourth of July. We swim in the afternoon and then come back to the house relax and eat, play cornhole, visit with family and then find a place to watch the fireworks. Very low key and relaxing. Renee Ochaya: The kids are having friends over for a bonfire and a sleepover on Tuesday night. Then we will cook out on Wednesday, maybe head to the pool if it’s hot and …
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Heat index will break into the triple digits on the Fourth of July
The National Weather Service has issued a heat warning for the region that will be in effect until 9 p.m. today. The heat index is expected to reach between 100 and 104 F during the afternoon and early evening hours today. People should be careful to stay hydrated today -- that means plenty of nonalcoholic fluids. (Sorry to be a bummer but beer and other alcoholic drinks are desiccants.) Revelers should also be weary of spending too much time in the sun today. That doesn't mean you can't have a good Fourth of July -- just mix time spent outside with time in the shade or, even better, in air conditioning.
City will celebrate the holiday with annual parade, fireworks show
The city of Mentor will celebrate the Fourth of July with a pair of local traditions -- this afternoon's parade through the Headlands neighborhood and the fireworks show tonight. The parade will begin at noon at the intersection of Forest and Garden roads before heading east on Garden, then north on Corduroy and ending at Lake Overlook and Corduroy Road. This year's parade will have the theme "celebrating 60 years of an American tradition." Then the fireworks show will begin at 9:50 p.m. on the property of Mentor High School. (Beforehand, the Mentor Fire Department will be giving demonstrations on how to do hands-only CPR in front of Fire Station Five.) Here are a few spots in the city that make for prime firework watching: An important …
We asked you to submit your favorite patriotic tunes and created a Spotify playlist.
Happy 4th of July! Whether you plan to celebrate America's freedom by watching a parade or two, having a cookout, oohing and ahhing at fireworks or just hanging out by the pool, we wanted to make sure you had the soundtrack for it. Last week, we asked you to submit your favorite patriotic songs. We compiled them into a Spotify playlist and now we're giving it back to you. Note: To listen to the playlist, you must be a Spotify user. To play, click the "Play" button at the top of the list and it should launch your Spotify application. If the playlist doesn't load, try clicking "Play" with Spotify already open. Happy listening and have a great holiday!
A Patch photographer gives tips on shooting your own photos of this weekend's brightest festivities
Capturing fireworks on camera is a challenge that can be mastered easily with the right equipment and settings on your camera. Here is a short tutorial to help you capture the rockets' red glare this Fourth of July. Equipment needed:
The State Fire Marshal shares tips on how to stay safe while you're having fun.
Some of the best things about celebrating the Fourth of July are the most dangerous. So, to stay safe this holiday, the Ohio Fire Marshal shared information on how to celebrate without getting hurt. The following information was provided by State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers: Fireworks Safety Other fireworks, like those sold at fireworks stores around Ohio, can be legally purchased in the state, but you must agree to take them out of Ohio to discharge. "You must be at least 18 years of age to buy items such as firecrackers and bottle rockets at the stores you see along the roadways of Ohio," Flowers said. Firing them off within state boundaries is prohibited, he said. There are stiff penalties for the illegal possession or discharge of …
Friday, June 29, 2012
Patch wants to help you get ready for fireworks this Fourth of July. Check out our interactive map and get info on all the shows in Northeast Ohio.
Fireworks fans, have we got a guide for you! With the Fourth of July holiday fast approaching, Patch has compiled a guide with information on the fireworks shows going on across Northeast Ohio. From Avon to Mentor, and down to North Canton, we've got you covered for Independence Day. So check out our interactive map to find a show near you, or see a list of the shows below. Their sorted by date, with the first shows on June 30 and the latest on July 7. Did we miss any good shows? Tell us in the comments so we can add it to the map! Happy Fourth of July from Patch. Enjoy the fireworks! BRECKSVILLE When: June 30 Where: The fireworks can be seen from downtown (Public Square, intersection of Brecksville Road and state Route 82) Time: About 10 …