Lakewood Fourth Of July Events Announced

Pictured is an ambulance and Model T fire truck display by the Lakewood Fire Department at the village Fourth of July Summerfest. Submitted photo

LAKEWOOD — The Village of Lakewood will host its Fourt of July Summerfest on Chautauqua and Terrace avenues at Richard O. Hartley Park on Wednesday.

The event will include an annual running/walking race, vendors, food, refreshments, expanded children’s area, music, kids’ parade, community partners, all followed by the fireworks display.

The Lakewood Family YMCA will start the day off with their Firecracker Run consisting of a 10k run, 2-mile run and 2-mile walk at 9 a.m. Pre-registration forms are available now at the Lakewood Family YMCA for $25 per person. Registration on the day of the race will take place from 7 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. at Hartley Park. The cost is $30.

Complimentary kids’ events will include kids’ dashes (ages 2 to 12 years) starting at 9:30 a.m. on Packard Estates lawn and the popular M&T Bank money hunt (ages 2 to 10 years) at 11 a.m. held at the playground.

New this year, a member of the U.S. Traditional Wrestling Society presents a “Backhold” wrestling demonstration at Hartley Park from 10 a.m. to noon. This activity is safe and fun for children of all ages. Traditional wrestling, a community sport, dates back to colonial America.

Pictured is the “Lakewood on Wheels” kids’ parade, which is slated for 5 p.m. at the intersection of Chautauqua and Terrace avenues in Lakewood. Prizes will be awarded to the best decorated bike, wagon, scooter and stroller. Submitted photo

The returning Kidz Zone opens at 11:30 a.m. Tickets will admit children and families to a bounce house, 20-foot inflatable slide, dunk tank with local residents waiting to make a splash. An all day wristband pass to the “Kidz Zone” will also be available for purchase.

The vendor area will start at noon with food, refreshments, crafts, and gifts available for purchase on Chautauqua Avenue. Community partners will also be there to promote their products and services. Music and kids’ activities will begin at 11:30 a.m. directly following the M&T Bank money hunt on the playground.

Other scheduled activities include the Lakewood History Museum (open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.); self-guided history walking tours; Ambulance and Model T fire truck display by the Lakewood Fire Department (2-3 p.m.); K-9 demonstration presented by the Lakewood Police Department (3-3:30 p.m.); and free sailboat rides with the Chautauqua Lake Community Sailing Foundation from the Lakewood beach house (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.).

The Lakewood Memorial Library will be open from noon-5 p.m., and will host an Outside Story Walk all day, and will present a Lakewood Legends Round Table discussion about the history of Lakewood in the Library Heritage Room at 2 p.m.

The third annual “Lakewood on Wheels” kids’ parade is slated for 5 p.m. at the intersection of Chautauqua and Terrace avenues in Lakewood. Prizes will be awarded to the best decorated bike, wagon, scooter and stroller.

The band, “Two For Flinching,” sponsored by Media One Group, Group Ther-Happy, and Priceless Studios Photography, will kick off the evening entertainment at 6 p.m. The annual fireworks show presented by Zambelli Fireworks and the village of Lakewood, will start at 10 p.m. All the evening entertainment is supported by donations to the Lakewood Community Development Corporation.

The committee is also looking for event volunteers to assist with the Kidz Zone and other activities throughout the day. Kids Zone tickets and Community Service Certificates will be awarded. If interested, please contact Mary Currie at 763-8557.

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