Akron, OH: The Fourth of July in Akron will be a four day grillin’ and groovin’ party on South Main Street in Downtown Akron. Rib, White and Blue, Northeast Ohio’s largest FREE rib burn-off, will be held July 3rd – July 6th from 11am-11pm each day. The festival traces its history as an annual event to Akron’s Sesquicentennial celebration in 1975.
This year, ten rib vendors from six states vie for cash prizes and bragging rights in the “Best Of” competition. The masters of the barbeque are coming from Texas, South Carolina, Arkansas, Ohio and Tennessee. Vendors include:
Returning champ, Big Boned Barbeque, Hixson, Tennessee
TV’s Barbecue Pitmaster, Carolina Rib King, Moore, South Carolina
Texas Pit BBQ, Magnolia Texas
Cowboys BBQ & Rib Company, Fort Worth, Texas
Pigfoot BBQ, Mentor, Ohio
Smokin’ Joe’s BBQ, Columbus Ohio
Desperados BBQ and Rib Company, Hinckley, OH
Food Network’s Best of the Best, Butch’s Smack Your Lips BBQ, New Jersey
Pigtails BBQ, West Salem, OH
Porky Chicks BBQ, Little Rock, Arkansas
In addition to barbequed pork and chicken favorites, the festival also features Carolina Catering, fresh roasted corn, Italian sausage and Stromboli, blossom onions, funnel cakes, french-fries, birch root beer, ice cream and fresh squeezed lemonade.
Music from Lock 3’s Akron General Stage during the 4-day festival features tributes to Pink Floyd, Bruce Springsteen and U2, plus The Akron Symphony Orchestra will perform a July 4th pops concert ending with the City of Akron’s official fireworks finale at 9:45 p.m. Fireworks are sponsored by Downtown Akron Partnership. Music Schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, July 3:
6:00 p.m. The Twistoffs
8:30 p.m. Bruce in the USA, The Tribute to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Thursday, July 4:
4:00 p.m. Alex Bevan
6:00 p.m. University of Akron Steel Drum Band
8:00 p.m. The Akron Symphony Orchestra
9:45 p.m. Fireworks Finale
Friday, July 5:
6:00 pm. Jim Gill Band
8:30 p.m. Elevation, The International U-2 Tribute Show
Saturday, July 6:
6:00 p.m. Joe Vitale Jr. Band
8:30 p.m. The Machine Performs Pink Floyd
There will also be inflatable rides for children, and the “Magical Train” will be doing tours of the Towpath along the canal. Rides are available by purchasing tickets at the site.
Notes About The Festival and Concerts
•The Rib, White & Blue Festival is on South Main Street between University and Bowery Streets and this part of Main Street will be closed off to traffic.
•Parking is FREE after 6pm and on weekends at all city owned parking decks and lots plus the Summit County deck on South High Street.
•Handicapped parking is available at the State Street deck, which has an elevator to the Lock 3 level, or at Cascade Plaza, where handicapped parking is available by entering at Mill Street and following the ramp up to Lock 4 (parking level 2, Orange)
•South Main Street will be closed Wednesday night between Exchange and Market for the fireworks show. Traffic should enter downtown via Route 59, Dart Avenue, Bowery or Mill Streets.
Sponsors Make Free Entertainment Possible
Lock 3 entertainment in 2013 is supported by a grant from the John S. and James L Knight Foundation, with marketing support from the Tramonte Distributing Co. The stage sponsor for the fifth year is Akron General Health System.
Rock the Lock concerts on Fridays are sponsored by WONE Radio.