History & Tourism

Start Your Fourth Early And Close To Home

24 Jun , 2018  

The Sixteenth Annual Ontario 4th of July Festival gives locals a chance to jump start their Indepedence Day celebrations in grand style. This year’s event takes place this Saturday, June 30.

According to the organizer’s website, “Since our beginning in 1969, the Ontario 4th of July festival has aimed to represent “Fun for All Ages”.  After some period of time, the festival stopped due to absence of funding and insurance. In 2002 a small, non-profit committee of volunteers saw the need for the re-birth of our yearly, community event.  This new festival committee breathed new life into the Ontario Fourth of July Festival in 2002.”

The lineup for 2018 promises great entertainment and, as always, a magnificent fireworks display. Here is a complete schedule of events:

  • 7:30 AM Ontario 5K Liberty Run Registration Front of High School
  • 8:30 AM Ontario 5K Liberty Run Front of High School
  • 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM OYS Boys All-star games Marshall Park
  • 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM OYS Girls All-star games Marshall Park
  • 12:00 PM Festival Officially Opens Ontario Schools
  • 12:00 PM – 9:30 PM Laser Force Tag Kids Area — If you like the first player games played on today’s top selling gaming systems, you will love LFCC. No more sitting on the couch. We will put you in the real battle! LFCC is a mobile laser tag business dedicated to giving each customer a real-life gaming experience.  With Laser Force Combat Course, we bring the combat to your own back yard. With our realistic sound effects and real time game play, you will feel like you just enlisted in the military.
  • 1:00 PM Midway opens
  • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM OYS Awards Presentation Mix-106/WMFD Stage
  • 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Air Evac Helicopter Fly –by and Landing Front of Middle School
  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Kids Yard Games by Ontario Rec Dept. Behind Middle School
  • 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Ontario Lions Frog Jumping Contest Behind Middle School ** Bring your own Frog** Entry form accessible here.
  • 5:00 PM OhioHealth Festival Parade Start Milligan Road
  • 5:15 PM Parade Review and Announcements Front of Stingel Elementary Grand Marshals – Vern Rapp & Bill Schwartz
  • 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM Ontario High School Band Drum Line Midway/Grounds
  • 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Party Princess Kids Area
  • 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM Richland Bank Treasure Hunt Front of Middle School
  • 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM Journey Tribute Band, Departure Mix-106/WMFD Stage
  • 9:45 PM Grand Prize Raffle Winners Selected Raffle tent
  • 9:55 PM “God Bless America” & “National Anthem”
  • 10:05 PM FIREWORKS sponsored by the Behind Middle School City of Ontario and 4th of July Festival Committee Music Simulcast by WVNO MIX 106.1 Entertainment Schedule Time Event Location

Attendees are reminded that the Festival is a tobacco and firearms free environment, and are asked to remove all valuables before parking for the event.

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