Sandusky Community Celebrations Council announces summer events

What is it: The Sandusky Community Celebrations Council recently announced several community events that are sure to crowd-pleasers this summer.

Sandusky Gazebo Concert Series: The series sponsored by the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the Washington Park Gazebo. All concerts are free of charge. This year’s lineup includes:
  • June 18: North Coast Concert Band
  • June 25: J-Markz
  • July 2: Old Mill Brass
  • July 9: Walt Sanders: One Night with You
  • July 16: Seajamz 7
  • July 23: Culkar-Golob Polka Band
  • July 30: Sleepless Knights
  • Aug. 6: Erie County O.S.U. Alumni Band
  • Aug. 13: North Coast Big Band
Concerts for the July 4 celebration are as follows:
  • 11 a.m.: Sandusky Choral Society
  • Noon: Sandusky Marching Band and Children’s Bicycle Parade
  • 1 p.m.: Jaron White Trio
  • 2:30 p.m.: Brandon Biehl
Stars and Stripes Celebration: The Council also will host the annual Stars and Stripes July 4th Celebration, sponsored by CIVISTA Bank, from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Thursday, July 4. The event will be held in Washington Park and is free to the public. Join the community for a day of music, activities, food, and fireworks.

Boy with the Boot 5k: The 7th annual Boy with the Boot 5k walk/run will take place prior to the Stars and Stripes Festival at 8:30 a.m. The race is sponsored by the Sandusky Recreation Department and is the fourth race of the 2024 RUNDUSKY Race Series. This year the 5k route will start at the Boy with the Boot fountain and connect to the Sandusky Bay Pathway for more than half of the course and finish back at the fountain in Washington Park. Registration is available at

Why it's important: Events like those hosted by the Council allow for community members to celebrate traditions together, says Council member Susan Sartor.

"Whether enjoying the July 4th celebrations, the concerts in the park or sharing in the spirit of Christmas, hometown traditions and family values have always been the strength of the Sandusky Community Celebrations Council," Sartor says. "We welcome you to enjoy and celebrate with your friends and neighbors as we start the summer of 2024!"

Jason Werling, City of Sandusky recreation superintendent, echoes Sartor's sentiments.

"The Gazebo Concert Series is a Sandusky tradition that showcases the city’s historic Washington Park," Werling writes in a recent email. "The Sandusky Community Celebrations Council continues to bring consistent quality programming in one of the most picturesque places in Sandusky. The SCCC’s dedication to bringing free programming for city residents and visitors is much-appreciated, whether it is the summer Gazebo Concert Series, the Fourth of July Stars & Stripes Community Celebration or the Holiday Lighting Ceremony in November."

How to get involved: For information or questions about the Sandusky Community Celebrations Council, call Susan Sartor at 419.202.9502. For city-related questions, including the Boy with the Boot 5k, email Jason Werling at [email protected].