Kaboom! International fireworks festival rockets into Cincinnati

Fire Up the Night will be held Saturday at Coney Island

Saturday is going to be a blast.

The seventh annual international fireworks festival, Fire Up the Night, will be held at Coney Island in Cincinnati.

This year, teams from Germany, France and Mexico will compete in the pyrotechnic showdown billed as the only international fireworks competition in the United States.

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The winner will be determined by a panel of judges and audience voting and be judged on presentation, structure and scale, colors, originality and music synchronization.

Following the competition, a show by Cincinnati’s Rozzi Famous Fireworks will light up the night.

Fireworks are just part of the festivities. Coney Island’s rides and attractions will be open, the “’world’s largest empty-pool party” will be held, and local band, “Marsha Brady” will perform.

New this year in the park’s Moonlite Pavilion will be a celebration of Germany, France and Mexico with interactive music, dancing and art displays.

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“Plus this year, our guests can celebrate the last days of summer with a beer and or glass of wine from those countries as well as indulging on special delights from food trucks,” said Madeline Brown, special events manager.


What: Fire Up the Night

When: Saturday, Sept. 22 Gates open at 4 p.m.; Fireworks competition begins at 8:30 p.m.

Where: Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave. Cincinnati

Admission: $25 per carload includes parking, rides, attractions and largest "empty-pool" party. If you are a season pass holder admission is $20 per carload. Carload pricing applies to average sized vehicles (cars, trucks, minivans) with legally seated passengers. Additional passengers will be charged $5 per person.

More info: Website | (513) 232-8230

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