MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio – Summer arrives on June 21 and that means just days later, it’s time for Mayfield Heights’ annual summer celebration, Unity Days.
From June 24-26, Mayfield Heights City Park, located off Chelmsford Road, will be where residents can enjoy food, drink, live music, children’s activities and, perhaps the most popular of all, the fireworks show on Saturday June 25. Another popular element of Unity Days is the annual parade, which will start at 1 p.m. on June 26 from the Greens of Lyndhurst Shopping Plaza and continue along Mayfield Road to the Golden Gate Mall.
Unity Days is always known for its fine food selection. Vendors this year include Arrabiatta’s, which serves cavatelli and meatballs, sausages and peppers, and sandwiches; Corbo’s Bakery, with Italian gelato, desserts, ravioli, pepperoni bread, meatball subs, eggplant rollatinis and Italian beef subs; K-Station Catering; Pizza Master; Piccolo’s, with sausage-stuffed hot pepper sandwiches and whipped ricotta meatballs; and the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission, which will serve hamburgers, hot dogs, water, soft drinks, beer, wine and White Claw.
There will also be carnival food, including a lemonade stand, snow cone truck, elephant ears, funnel cakes, fried Oreos, corn dogs and french fries.
The first prize in this year’s raffle is $3,000, with a second prize of $1,000 and third prize a Yeti Tundra Haul wheeled portable cooler.
Unity Days hours are 5-11 p.m. June 24; 4:30-9:30 p.m. on June 25 (with fireworks at dusk); and (after the parade) from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on June 26.
This year’s music will be provided by Top 40 cover band Tricky Dick and the Cover-Ups on June 24; classic rock band Sozzle on June 25; and TV themes and 70s and 80s classics from Vinyl Arcade, starting at 3 p.m. on June 26.
Although the festival will not include mechanical rides this year, it will feature activities such as children’s bounce house, castle bounce house, gaga pit, giant Kraken slide, obstacle course, wrecking ball, kids area, basketball, kick football, throwing football, giant tornado, hockey strike, giant games, 9 hole miniature golf, turtle tower and rock wall.
“We just want to see everyone out,” Mayor Anthony DiCicco said. “It’s always a good time to see neighbors, to see the whole community get together and have a good time and enjoy the food and the festivities.
“We are thrilled to bring everyone back to celebrate together after being quarantined for so long. I think it will be good for the whole community to come together and celebrate.
Inauguration of the community center
The groundbreaking for the city’s new $33 million Community Center and Aquatic Center will take place at 4 p.m. on June 24 at the site of the former Ross C. DeJohn Community Center, 6306 Marsol Road.
“Anyone who wants to join us for the grand opening is welcome,” DiCicco said. “I think this is such an important opportunity for the city. It could be a very transitional period for the city. This marks a real transition from the old pool and park to the new vision of pool and park. So anyone who wants to join us and celebrate is more than welcome.
Parking is limited at the site, so, DiCicco said, “We’d love to see residents walking, biking, getting there any way they can to enjoy the grand opening with us.”
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