Get ready for Bay Days!

Members of Bay Kiwanis and Bay High Key Club join forces at last year's Bay Days event to serve up the ever-popular homemade French fries.

Bay Village's 64th annual Independence Day celebration, Bay Days, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Bay Village, will take place Thursday, June 30, through Saturday, July 2, and then again on Monday, July 4 – all at Cahoon Park. (The festivities will not take place on Sunday, July 3.)

Booths and rides will be open from noon to 10:30 p.m. daily. From noon to 4 p.m. each day, thrill-seekers can enjoy all the rides for the flat rate of $18 with a ride wristband.

“The Kiwanis Club of Bay Village, along with the City of Bay Village, has once again lined up a spectacular Independence Day celebration for young and old alike at this year’s Bay Days celebration," says Rhonda Schneider of the Kiwanis Club. "Come on out and enjoy the rides, help local civic organizations raise money at their booths, and of course, take your entire family to the incredible fireworks presentation on Monday, July 4.”

Again this year, the Kiwanis will partner with the Bay Village Green Team to work toward reducing waste at Bay Days.

The schedule of Kiwanis Club-sponsored events kicks off on Thursday, June 30, at 5 p.m. with the annual favorite, the Classic Car Cruise-In at Bay Middle School’s parking lot with DJ Cadillac Mike, followed by live music at 7 p.m. at the Gazebo with the Bay Village Community Band. Again this year is the showcasing of energy-efficient cars from local car dealerships. (Cruise-in rain date is Saturday, July 2.)

On Friday, July 1, there will be live music at the Gazebo at 7 p.m. with The Geezecats, playing a mixture of rock, doo-wop and improv comedy.

On Saturday, July 2, the action kicks off at 1 p.m. with vintage baseball games at the south end of Cahoon Park as the Bay Men’s Club Villagers take on the Spiegel Grove Squires and Whiskey Island Shamrocks for the Village Cup trophy. Then there will be live music at the Gazebo at 7 p.m. with Gatlin (Darryl and Andrea Gatlin), performing country music and comedic banter.

On Monday, July 4, festivities kick off with the Bay Days 5-mile Race and Kids 1-Mile Fun Run at Bay High School, stepping off at 8:30 a.m. (Visit for more information or to register.) Then at 11:30 a.m. is the annual Bike, Trike and Wagon Parade at the Gazebo. At noon there will be a magic show in the Community House. There’s more live music at the Gazebo at 7 p.m. with the Dan Zola Orchestra – a 19-piece big band steeped in the tradition of swing and dance bands. And then the perfect finale to any Bay Village Independence Day celebration, the Gala Fireworks Display at Cahoon Park at dusk, about 9:45 p.m. (Rain date for the fireworks is Tuesday, July 5.)

For more information on Bay Days and the daily events, follow the Bay Kiwanis on Facebook.                  

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 9:29 AM, 06.21.2016