July 23, 2016

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Happy birthday, America

By Maria Kacik | The Gazette

BRUNSWICK — It wasn’t quite July 4 and it wasn’t anywhere near the hottest July 3 on record, but residents came out in droves to celebrate the nation’s independence. And they were looking to get a little fun in, too.

Brunswick hosted its fifth annual Patriot Party at the Brunswick Community Recreation and Fitness Center, 3637 Center Road, all day Friday. Admission to the center was free and games and contests went on throughout the day.

“They’re having a good time. We’ve had a couple hundred people come through here so far,” said John Piepsny, Brunswick’s parks and recreation director.

In addition to the festivities inside the recreation center, the city hosted a concert by the Brunswick Community Band at 7 p.m. and the city’s annual fireworks lit up the skies at 10.

“People come and make a whole day of it,” Piepsny said. “They swim at the pool, listen to the band and finish the day off with fireworks.”

“It seems this event keeps growing every year,” he said.

Children and adults alike ran around the pool at the recreation center, some of them cooling off with free snow cones. Staff also put on games like a limbo contest and corn hole.

“It’s nice for the kids,” said Maria Cireadon, who came with her two children and two of her friends’ kids. “We usually try to stay all day. We come here every year.”

Contact Maria Kacik at (330) 721-4049 or mkacik@ohio.net.