Fireworks on July 3

The annual July 3 fireworks at Fort Meigs are a long-standing tradition in Northwest Ohio. While Fort Meigs has long been the place to view the display, Fort Meigs Historic Site does not  host the fireworks. If you have questions about the fireworks, please reach out to the cities of Perrysburg and Maumee. 

Below, you can find some helpful information and site rules to help ensure the evening remains enjoyable for everyone involved. Thank you for your compliance.

Rules and Information

  • The fireworks are hosted jointly by the cities of Maumee and Perrysburg – not by Fort Meigs Historic Site.
  • The fireworks will be set off at Orleans Park. 
  • If there is inclement weather on July 3, the rain date is July 5.
  • The Fort Meigs Memorial Bridge (Maumee-Perrysburg Bridge) and Maumee-Western Reserve Road will be closed starting at 7:30 p.m. on July 3.
  • The interior fort grounds are accessible after 3:00 p.m. on July 3
  • There will be no public access to the Fort Meigs Visitor Center or buildings within the fort.
  • The fireworks will commence at dusk.
  • Paid public parking is allowed in the Fort Meigs parking lot on a first-come, first-served basis.
    • A fee of $10 per parking spot is due upon entry, cash only.
    • The parking lot will be closed when full.
    • Grass parking is dependent on weather.
    • Parking fee proceeds are used for the care and upkeep of Fort Meigs Historic Site
  • Food vendors are only permitted by invitation only. Any vendors without invitations will be removed from the property.
  • Pets must be on a leash AT ALL TIMES.
  • Please keep off of the earthworks inside of the fort. They are original to the 1813 fortification. 
  • Please clean up after yourselves and leave our site better than you found it!
We seek volunteer help with site cleanup the morning after the fireworks. Staff will be picking up trash at 9:00 a.m. on July 4. Those who help with site clean up will receive free admission passes for a future visit to the site. Sign up by calling 419-874-4121 or email us at [email protected]. Thank you!

"This morning at sunrise we fired thirteen guns in honor of the 4th of July, 1776. At 1 o'clock we fired eighteen, the National salute, they were all fired from two brass twelve pounders. After the firing was over the officers all repaired to a large bower prepared by Lieut. Hawkins near the lower magazine and partook of a fine dinner... There were 18 toasts drank."

~ Captain Daniel Cushing
2nd Regiment, U.S. Artillery
July 4, 1813