“When did Newton Falls begin having 4th of July fireworks?” The Newton Falls Public Library staff found this to be a very timely question.
We searched through the History of Newton Falls by Ella A. Woodward [Revised 1977 Edition]. In the section about the Sesquicentennial (p. 188) it describes the activities which occurred from March through July 4, 1953. “The festivities were climaxed with the 8th Annual Veteran’s Homecoming Fireworks Display.” That would have made the first display in 1946, the year following World War II and the return of the veterans.
This year’s celebration will be held on July 4 at 10 p.m. at the Community Center. There is also an interesting Facebook page showing past displays, which can be accessed by going to Newton Falls OH 4th of July Festivities . The Newton Falls 4th of July Committee also has a page at www.facebook.com/NFJuly44444.