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Fourth in the 419: Toledo's Week-Long Independence Day Celebration

Downtown Toledo’s Fourth in the 419 offers Week-long Festivities and Spectacular Fireworks.

Fourth in the 419, presented by Owens Corning, is a multi-day downtown celebration leading up to Independence Day. Downtown Toledo is taking one of the most exciting nights of the year and stretching it into seven straight days of non-stop entertainment and family fun, beginning on June 28, and capping it off with the Fourth in the 419 fireworks display high above the Maumee River on July 4.

“We are thrilled to play a part in this exciting event and look forward to welcoming many visitors to our community,” said Carla Nowak, President and CEO of Destination Toledo. “We are certain to ‘wow’ guests with the impressive line-up of events and activities planned out for families,” added Nowak.

Downtown Toledo will be jamming with multiple concerts, six Mud Hens games, three postgame fireworks shows and many family-friendly events and activities at Imagination Station, National Museum of the Great Lakes and more!

The Toledo Mud Hens kick off the multi-day celebration with six straight home games starting with a Military Appreciation themed game versus the Durham Bulls on Friday, June 28, with the team wearing special edition Toledo Stingers jerseys in honor of our local 180th Fighter Wing. Check out two more dates against the Bulls continuing with Military Appreciation and Fireworks on June 29 with Hens & Hounds Night on June 30 – yes, bring your dog to the game – along with Muddy & Spike’s Inflatable Theme Park. The home stand continues July 1-3 versus the Columbus Clippers culminating with Rock ‘N Blast, the largest fireworks show in Fifth Third Field History July 2 and 3!


Powerboat racing returns to Toledo on Saturday, June 29 during Rock the River Toledo at Promenade Park. This free event, sponsored by iHeartRadio, will bring world-class F1 powerboat racers to the Maumee River for their 2nd stop of the 6-series NGK Spark Plugs Formula One (F1) Powerboat Championship. Race fans will be entertained by the F1 boats' lightning quick speeds of 120 mph and razor sharp turns, creating nonstop challenges for the world-class drivers. Enjoy live bands, vendors, free race pit access, driver autograph sessions, dart boats and other displays.

The City of Toledo marks another historic occasion to celebrate on July 4. It’s the 100th anniversary of the historic Jess Willard vs. Jack Dempsey fight, fought right here in Toledo in 1919!  In honor of this momentous occasion, Toledo’s Day in the Sun will be held at Detwiler Park featuring a recreation of the world-famous fight. This free, family fun event will feature Junior Golden Glove amateur bouts, boxing gym displays, free education sessions, a DJ, food trucks and more.

Now, for the grand finale! Fourth in the 419 comes to a roaring finish on July 4 with Toledo’s spectacular fireworks show beginning at 10 p.m. from International Park, along the Maumee River, rain or shine. Come down early for a free live performance by Eric Chesser at Promenade Park while enjoying food truck fare and cold beverages. The fireworks will be synchronized to music and broadcast by iHeartRadio on 101.5 The River (WRVF- FM). Promenade Park and Hensville Park will host free public viewing parties with live entertainment leading up to the fireworks show. Want to feel like a VIP? Then check out Fleetwood’s Tap Room, Holy Toledo Tavern or The Heights at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel for rooftop viewing parties. And Imagination Station will offer a riverfront viewing party on their H2O Café patio.

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During your visit, check out other great attractions like the Toledo Zoo & Aquarium, Toledo Museum of Art, Metroparks Toledo and Maumee Bay State Park. For a full list of family-friendly fun and after-hours entertainment, check out our calendar of events. And don’t forget to share your photos with us @ToledoCVB using #ThisIsToledo on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.