Geneva-on-the-Lake – The sector came alive with music, motorcycles, fireworks, families, hot dogs and hamburgers on Monday as thousands gathered to celebrate the Fourth of July.
Street parking was full by 2pm and the parking lots filled up quickly. Police have banned parking on the south side of Lake Road to keep traffic flowing in the event of an emergency.
Parking options ranged from free, for those lucky enough to grab spaces early, to $10 at several locations in the heart of the strip.
While tourists perused the shops and enjoyed summertime fare at one of the many stalls and restaurants, the Geneva-on-the-Lake Fire Department worked to keep the 10 p.m. fireworks display safe.
The Smith family of North Kingsville spent the weekend camping at Indian Creek, listening to music, dining at Eddie’s Grill and riding a golf cart around the Strip.
“We really enjoyed the new golf cart track,” Jason Smith said.
He said their 3-year-old son Cole loved arcade games.
Long lines gathered outside the GOTL landmarks – Eddie’s Grill and Madsen’s Donuts.
Eddie’s Grill employee, Caitlyn Jeppe, of Geneva, wore red, white, and blue flowers in her hair.
“It’s my fourth season working here,” she said. “I love people.”
Ruth Friend, from Ashland, said she met people from all over the world in Geneva on the Lake.
“It’s fun,” she said. “I met a man from Germany.”
Donuts with red, white, and blue sprinkles, in addition to their usual sticks of cream, jelly cakes and old-fashioned cakes to celebrate the holiday.
All Madsen employees wore red, white, and blue tie-dyed shirts.
Employee Hana Costello, 16, from Geneva, said business has been consistent, with sticks of cream at the top of customer orders.
Jim Burger, of Youngstown, waited in a crooked line from Madsen’s door to the sidewalk. He said his family comes to the village every year on the Fourth of July.
“We have to buy donuts to take home,” he said.
Helen Hall, of Strongsville, said Geneva-on-the-Lake is a great place to bring her dog and listen to live music at the Sportsterz Bar and Grill.
“We were here a few weeks ago and decided to go back for vacation,” she said.
Nearby at the Adventure Zone Family Fun Center, customers were riding karts, playing golf, and driving golf.
At nightfall, crowds of people gathered in the strip to watch the fireworks display, wrapping up the weekend.