Special Events

Community Services Department

2024 Community Services Department Events

Bunny Trail: Saturday, March 16, 2024, 10 AM - 2 PM at the Civic Center
Bring your own Easter Basket and follow the Bunny Trail making stops along the way! For residents 12 and under. Registration required

Total Eclipse in the Park:
Monday, April 8, 2024, 1:30 - 4:30 PM in Elmwood Park
Join us for a Picnic in the Park when NE Ohio will be in the path of totality for a solar eclipse, where the moon will block out the sun for nearly four minutes! Bring a chair or blanket and your own picnic basket, and enjoy music, games, treats, and FREE eclipse glasses (limited quantities)! Residents can reserve a pair of eclipse glasses in advance to use at the event.

Memorial Day Services:
Monday, May 27, 2024, 9:30 AM on the Town Square
Service begins at the War Memorial. Procession to Maple Shade Cemetery and a graveside service will follow. After the services, join your friends and neighbors at Drug Mart from 11 AM - 1 PM to enjoy a free cookout with hot dogs, chips, and pop. Donations will benefit the Independence High School Marching Band scheduled to play.  

City-Wide Garage Sale: Thursday - Saturday, June 20 - 22, 2024, 9 AM - 4 PM at Independence homes
Join your neighbors and participate in our annual City-Wide Garage Sale! We'll take care of the advertising - just sign up and start decluttering! More Information. 

Summer Concert Series & Friday Indy Farmers Markets: Fridays, June 7 - July 26, 2024 on the Town Square
Farmers Markets: 5 - 8 PM, Yoga on the Square: 5:15 - 6:15 PM, Food Trucks: 6 - 9 PM, Concerts: 7 - 9 PM
Community Band Concerts: Wednesdays, June 19 & 26, 2024, 7 - 8:30 PM 
Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy some live outdoor music. Food will be available for purchase. Check the Summer Concerts page to find band and food vendor information. Rain Location: Civic Center. 

Farmers Markets: Fridays, June 7 - July 26, 2024, 5 - 8 PM and Sundays, July 7 - September 22, 2024, 9 AM - 1 PM on the Town Square
Shop local! Choose from a selection of hand-picked produce, fresh bakery, homemade treats, local honey, and more! NEW this year: a coffee truck will be at each Sunday market to provide a variety of hot and cold beverages. In case of inclement weather, the market will close.

Home Days: Friday, August 2, 2024, 6 - 11 PM and Saturday, August 3, 2024, Noon - 11 PM at Elmwood Park
An annual event for the City of Independence to share in the celebration of our community. There are many wonderful activities such as carnival rides, games, contests, live entertainment, food, and dancing. More Information

Fall Fest & Clambake: Sunday, September 29, 2024, Noon - 4 PM at Elmwood Park
Independence families and their friends are invited to Elmwood Park to enjoy fun and festive activities with hayrides, magic shows, face painting, car cruise-in, music, haunted house, and much more! A variety of food and drinks provided by City organizations and a clambake (pre-orders only) will be available. More Information

Health & Wellness Fair: Friday, October 11, 2024, 9 AM - Noon at the Civic Center
Make your health and wellness a priority! Participate in this year's activities and take steps toward a healthier lifestyle. FREE admission, health screenings, and raffle!

Veterans Day Program: Friday, November 1, 2024, Noon at the Civic Center
The Mayor extends a special invitation to our residents who are Veterans or serving in the Armed Forces to join us for a luncheon in their honor. Reservations required.

Community Craft Fair: Sunday, November 24, 2024, 10 AM - 3 PM at the Civic Center
Shop local artisan vendors selling handmade art, crafts, bath products, jewelry, woodworks, unique gifts, and much more! Free admission and parking. More Information

Remembrance Celebration: Thursday, December 12, 2024, 6:30 PM at the Civic Center
An evening to commemorate and celebrate the lives of loved ones who have passed away. This non-denominational service includes meaningful readings, music, fellowship, and refreshments.
Call 216.524.7373 for more information on these events!