The BEST fireworks displays you don’t want to miss

Nothing says summer like the Fourth of July. Whether you’re firing up the grill, heading out of town, or just want to see something new and sparkly in the night sky, we’ve got the celebrations that go far beyond pyrotechnics that you don’t want to miss.

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City of Dayton Lights in Flight Fireworks Festival 2017

Fireworks burst over the City of Dayton during the Lights In Flight Fireworks Festival downtown at RiverScape MetroPark in 2015. LISA POWELL / STAFF

Lights in Flight, the region's most spectacular fireworks show, returns to the downtown Dayton riverfront on Monday, July 3, at 10 p.m. The fireworks will follow a family-friendly, multi-cultural festival featuring plenty of food, fun and live entertainment for the whole family to enjoy at RiverScape MetroPark. 

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

WHERE: RiverScape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave., Dayton


INFO: website

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Centerville-Washington Township Americana Festival

Centerville’s Americana Festival parade makes its way down West Franklin Street Saturday. The festival, which was expected to draw over 75,000 people, featured the parade with over 120 units, a 5K run, a street fair and fireworks. LISA POWELL / STAFF (Lisa Powell)

A NEW food truck alley joins the parade, street fair, 5K run, fireworks and more presented in various spots throughout downtown Centerville at the 44th annual event. A 5K begins at 7:30 a.m., street fair from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with hundreds of booths ranging from arts and crafts to food, treats and games. There will be a parade at 10 a.m. and fireworks at 10 p.m.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 4, 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
WHERE: Downtown Centerville near Main and Franklin streets
COST: Free
INFO:  website

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Red, White and Boonshoft

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If you’re looking to beat the heat during the day on the 4th, then you have to know about this INDOOR event. The annual star-spangled science celebration features educational shows, entertainment, indoor fireworks in the planetarium, face painting, food vendors and more. 

WHEN: Tuesday, July 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, 2600 Deweese Pkwy., Dayton
COST: $14.50 for adults, $12.50 seniors 60 and older, $11.50 children 3-17, free for museum members and children younger than 3

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Kettering Go 4th!

(Staff photo / Darion Brickell)

Get out to Delco Park in Kettering for this long-standing family friendly event chock-full of entertainment, live music, food and of course, fireworks. Bring your family, grab your chairs and blankets and get ready to rock.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 4, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
WHERE: Delco Park,  1700 Delco Park Drive, Kettering
COST: Free 
INFO: website

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City of Moraine's Star Spangled Boom

The family can enjoy amusement rides, visit the family and fun zone, and check out the food trucks of Dayton Urban BBQ and Carvaso’s all at 4 p.m. , followed by concerts by McGuffey Lane and NewTown Band.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 4, 4 to 11 p.m.
WHERE: Wax Park, 3800 Main Street, Moraine
COST: Free 

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Fourth of July fireworks at Kings Island


Kings Island offers one of the region’s largest and most impressive fireworks displays over the Fourth of July holiday (July 1-4). This colorful pageant in the sky set against the backdrop of the park will be three times the size and scope of the park’s traditional nightly fireworks display July 1-3 and 10 times larger on July 4, with some blasts soaring more than 800 feet! Kings Island will stay open until midnight July 1 and July 4, and is offering free and discounted admission for military personnel.

WHEN: July 1-4 

WHERE: Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason

COST: Included with park admission 


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Coney Island Balloon Glow

The LaRosa’s Balloon Glow, where tethered, hot-air balloons are illuminated from within, is a popular annual Fourth of July event at Coney Island. CONTRIBUTED

There’s nothing else like it in this celebration in the area! Along with music, entertainment and rides, we add a few special attractions to make LaRosa’s Balloon Glow a memorable night for all ages. The evening sky will illuminate when hot air balloons of every color “glow” for all to see. The grand finale for the event is a spectacular Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks display over the banks of Lake Como. The pool area will remain open for a unique fireworks view. Coney Island’s rides and attractions will stay open until 11 p.m.

WHEN: Monday, July 3, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. 

WHERE: Coney Island Amusement Park, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati

COST: There is no charge (other than parking) to view the balloons and fireworks. Normal rates apply for Sunlite Water Adventure and Coney’s rides and attractions.


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