Put-in-Bay, Ohio July 4th, 2013 – The July 4th, 2013 holiday will be full of activity at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial this year as annual patriotic activities are joined with Centennial celebration. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the building of the International Peace Memorial, a national monument, and local treasure. In 1913, 5000 Masons, from nine states and Canada, formed a procession and marched to the site of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial to witness the laying of the cornerstone.

This procession and laying of the stone will be re-enacted at the monument this July 4th, 2013 in honor of the structure’s Centennial anniversary. The procession will be preceded with a grand parade beginning at 2 p.m. and progressing its way through downtown
Put-in-Bay to the memorial. The parade will include a number of participants from near and far and will be led through down by Put-in- Bay’s own traditional antique car parade and local chapter American Legion representatives. The parade will conclude at the Memorial itself shortly before the beginning of the 3 p.m. cornerstone ceremony. Included in the parade and ceremony will be the 122nd Army Concert Band, who will also provide a free public concert at the Perry’s Victory Visitor Center at 7:30 p.m.

On July 4th, Perry’s Victory will also be hosting the biennial naturalization ceremony for ten area residents who will be taking the oath of new citizenship. The patriotic mood of this year’s ceremony will be even greater than usual as the naturalization will be accompanied by a Delayed Enlistment Program in which 200 men and woman from three branches of the military will be taking their oath of service. The naturalization ceremony will begin at 11 am on the memorial lower plaza and will be followed immediately by the delayed enlistment. The patriotic festivities on the day will conclude with the Put-in-Bay fireworks display over the bay at dusk. The fireworks are provided by the Put-in-Bay Business Owners and Friends of the Bay. Perry’s Victory welcomes you to join them on their grounds to enjoy the display. Please be aware parking is limited and alcoholic beverages are not permitted on park grounds. For more information on any of these events, please call Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial at (419)285-2184 or visit www.nps.gov/pevi.

Put-in-Bay July 4th, 2013 Event Schedule

11 a.m. – Naturalization & Delayed Enlistment on Lower Plaza

2 p.m. – Grand parade begins near the school, down Concord to Catawba, and winding its way downtown along Delaware to Toledo,
past the Visitors Center and then down Bayview to the lower plaza.

3 p.m. – Cornerstone Ceremony begins at Monument – Celebrating the Centennial ***Note that access to the Monument (Upper Plaza, Rotunda, and Observation Deck) will not be available during this ceremony.

7:30 p.m. – 122nd Army Band Concert behind Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Visitor Center.

July 4th, 2013 Fireworks at Dusk – Put-in-Bay fireworks ***Note that parking at the Monument is limited and alcoholic beverages are not permitted on park grounds.