The city has two hallmark family-oriented events – Community Days in Summer and a Tree Lighting and Party to kick off the holiday season.
Sheffield Lake’s annual Community Days is a highlight of Summer. It has been celebrated for more than 50 years. This year’s celebration includes a parade and fireworks on Friday, July 9, 2021.
Organized by the all-volunteer Community Civic Council, the parade offers an opportunity for all residents to either march or watch as dozens of units make their way down Lake Road to Shoreway Shopping Center. The fireworks are guaranteed to be sensational again this year.
The parade will step off at 7 p.m. Fireworks will follow at 10 p.m. at the city’s Boat Launch.
The parade has been one of Lorain County’s largest with as many as 70 to 80 marching units in past years. As much as an hour before step off, residents set up lawn chairs along the parade route. Children often sit or stand at the curb, knowing that marchers will throw candy to them from large canvas bags.
The fireworks display over the lake at the Boat Launch. It brings thousands to the city to enjoy a spectacular display. Rain date is Saturday, July 10.
COVID forced the cancellation of Community Days in 2020, and has impacted the committee’s ability to secure a company to provide carnival rides and food in 2021. While disappointing, the parade and fireworks demonstrate the city and community are determined to get back to normal. Come and enjoy this time-honored, family-focused tradition.
Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Party
Sheffield Lake lights up the holidays with a tree lighting and party ay Joyce Hanks Community Center.
Santa arrives safely thanks to the fire department and, as kids of all ages gather round, the tree outside the center is lit. Everyone is invited inside where Santa gathers gift lists from kids and takes pictures with them. Hot chocolate and cookies are provided as families participate in decorating or arts projects or enjoy the music. The event is free.
Each Spring, the city partners with Lorain County Solid Waste program and residents to clean up and beautify private and public properties. Volunteers from clubs and churches have cleaned the beach at the Boat Launch and planted flowers at the covered bridge or civic center.
The city opens its service depot for the event and residents are allowed to bring itmes they no longer need from their homes, basements, yards or garages. As they arrive, they are no longer surprised to see council members and the Mayor helping to unload their trucks and cars.
Dedicated volunteers have worked tirelessly in recent years to plan and host an Easter Egg Hunt and a Halloween House Decorating Contest.
Volunteers make a big difference. Have a civic project you’d like to get involved with? Tell us about it: [email protected].