4th of July: 20 places you can watch fireworks

5 secret (and not-so-secret) spots to watch Dayton’s fireworks

Want to see the big bada boom this Independence Day? 

Some of downtown Dayton’s best Fourth of July fireworks viewing spots are hiding in plain sight, but sometimes you have to be a little creative. 

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It is unclear whether the Main Street bridge between McPherson Town an downtown Dayton will be open for pedestrian viewing of the fireworks during Lights in Flight on Tuesday. With that being one of the popular viewing spots for Dayton’s  fireworks show set for the riverfront on Tuesday, July 3, we asked Downtown Dayton Partnership spokeswoman Val Hunt Beerbower for recommendations on some cool places to see the show. 

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Fireworks burst over the City of Dayton Thursday night at the culmination of the Dayton Lights In Flight Fireworks Festival. A multi-cultural festival was held downtown at RiverScape MetroPark earlier in the evening that featured food and live entertainment including Alexis Gomez, Son del Caribe, American Bombshells and Damien Lawson. LISA POWELL / STAFF

๐ŸŽ‡1) The Main Street Garage with access points on First and Main streets. There is a $3 flat fee and you can access all floors. 

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๐ŸŽ† 2) From a Kayak on the Great Miami River. This is Val’s favorite place to see the show. 

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๐ŸŽ‡3) Depending on the water levels, along the river near RiverScape’s River Run. Bring a lawn chair. 

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๐ŸŽ† 4) On the recently replaced, 10.1 million Webster Street Bridge. 

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๐ŸŽ‡ 5) Along the Great Miami Recreational Trail near River's Edge Montessori, 108 Linwood St. in  Dayton.

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WHAT: Lights in Flight: Dayton’s Fourth of July celebration and fireworks

WHEN: Tuesday, July 3; festival at 5 p.m., fireworks at 10 p.m. 

 WHERE: RiverScape MetroPark, 111 E. Monument Ave., Dayton, OH 45401 

 COST: FREE admission 

INFO: Website