The City of Stow is gearing up for the Fourth of July with its annual Stow Pride Festival.
Tonight at 7:05 p.m. residents are invited to Stow Night at Canal Park where they can enjoy watching the Akron Aeros take on the Rock Cats. A magnificent fireworks display set to the music of Michael Jackson will conclude the evening’s festivities. The cost is $8 for residents or there is also the option of riding the bus for $15. The bus will leave Stow City Hall at 6 p.m. for the game.
Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to enjoy one free evening nestled in Silver Springs Campground. Stow residents may camp one night for free and stay an additional night for $10. Campers will have access to: fishing at Heritage Lake, hiking on the trails, swinging at SOAR playground, frolicking fun with their furry friends at Bow Wow Beach, and recreation at the tennis/basketball courts.
Residents are also encouraged to take pride in their city by becoming involved in Stow Community Clean Up Day from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Companies, organizations and residents can pre-register online at www.HandsOnStow.com or call 330-673-3443.
Residents looking to beat the summer heat are invited to attend the 35th annual Pride Ice Cream Social at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on the front lawn of the First Christian Church. It will be an evening of Ice cream, pie a la mode, hot dogs and music.
The Stow Business Person of the Year, Friend of the Community, Volunteer of the Year and this year's Fourth of July Parade Grand Marshal will all be named at Wednesday's Pride Community Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at Acker Moore VFW. A full breakfast will be served for $10. Reservations are required by calling 330-688-1579 or visit www.smfcc.com.
Thursday book lovers are invited to show their pride in their library by visiting the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library and seeing all the changes the library has undergone this year. The library will host a mini book sale from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. There will also be a QR code scavenger hunt, a visit from the bubble lady, a community jazz concert and an Akron Pops Orchestra Concert.
Children ages 3 to 5 are invited to a story hour from 10:30 to 11 a.m. in the new Story Time Room. There is no registration necessary.
Sue Durante, more commonly known as The Bubble Lady, will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The Bubble Lady is a delight for children of all ages as she blows bubbles of different sizes, some that children can stand inside.
From 2 to 3 p.m., there will be a community jazz concert. The music group has been playing at the library for more than 40 years and it's always been a crowd favorite.
The day will end with a performance from the Akron Pops Orchestra from 7 to 8:15 p.m. There will be free Handel's ice cream, along with face painting and balloon twisting. The event will take place on the lawn, and attendees should bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on.
Now in their fourth year, Holy Family SummerFest continues to bring the community together with affordable fun for the entire family during Stow Pride Week with festivities kicking off at 5 p.m. Friday, June 28 that continues throughout the weekend.
Residents are invited to enjoy musical performances by the Stowbilly Blues Band, Instant Replay, the Get Back Band and Archbishop Hoban High School Steel Drum Band.
Rick Smith Jr. will return to SummerFest again this year. Smith is a Guinness World Record holder in card throwing, magician and entertainer that has appeared on Ripley's Believe It or Not, the Ellen Degeneres Show and America's Got Talent.
Additional entertainment includes a performance by the MacConmara Academy of Irish Dance, Caricatures by Kari and the balloon creations of Pockets the Clown.
Residents can also enjoy an array of food vendors, game booths for children and adults, miniature golf, a cornhole tournament and more.
For a music performance of patriotic classics, music lovers are invited to the Pride Orchestra Concert to hear the Stow Symphony Orchestra Play at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 29 at Stow-Munroe Falls High School. Tickets are $19 for adults, $7 for children and seniors. Children 12 and under get in for free.