4th of July: 20 places you can watch fireworks

The BEST places to celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks, food and fun

The celebration starts early in many communities.

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When it comes to celebrating Independence Day, there are plenty of options in Southwest Ohio close to Dayton and Cincinnati.

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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 are close to home or a short drive away.

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🎆🍴🎤Dayton Lights in Flight Fireworks Festival

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 Tuesday, July 3. 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: 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    


🎆🍴🎤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
Photo: Lisa Powell

A NEW food truck alley joins the July 4th street fair, plus a parade 5K run. The 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. On July 3rd, celebrate early at the high school with a concert at 8:30 p.m. and fireworks at 10 p.m.

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WHEN: Parade and festival on Wednesday, July 4, 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Fireworks are the night before on July 3, with food and live music. Gates open at 6 p.m. and entertainment begins at 8:30 p.m. 
WHERE: Downtown Centerville near Main and Franklin streets     
COST: Free     

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🎆🍴🔬Red, White and Boonshoft

Photo: Tom Gilliam Photography for Dayton.com

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: Wednesday, 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!

E.L. Hubbard photography The crowd watches the fireworks at the close of Kettering's annual "Go 4th" Fourth of July celebration at Delco Park Sunday, July 4, 2010.

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

WHEN: Wednesday, July 4, 6 p.m.-10 p.m.     
WHERE: Delco Park, 1700 Delco Park Drive, Kettering
COST: Free      
INFO:  Website

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🎆🍴🍺⚾ Dayton Dragons Post-Game Fireworks Show

The Dayton Dragons have added a fireworks show after their game on July 4, 2018. (Contributed photo by Nick Falzerano)

This Fourth of July, Dragons fans will be able to view the fireworks from their seats after the game. 

The fireworks show will begin approximately 10 minutes after the final out of the Dragons game against the Lake County Captains. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 4, at 7 p.m. 
WHERE: Fifth Third Field, Dayton  
COST: For ticket information, call (937) 228-2287 or purchase online

🎆🍴🎤City of Moraine's Star Spangled Boom

Fireworks are scheduled for 10 p.m. on July 4 at Wax Park in Moraine. FILE PHOTO
Photo: Staff Writer

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 Buddy Jewell.

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WHEN: Wednesday, July 4, 4 to 11 p.m. Fireworks at 10 p.m.  
WHERE: Wax Park, 3800 Main Street, Moraine     
COST: Free      

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🎆🍴🍺🎤Red, White & Brew

The Mall at Fairfield Commons will host their 2nd annual Red, White and Brew event on Saturday, July 7th outside of the main mall entrance next to Bravo!. The event will include live entertainment, family-friendly activities, food trucks, a beer garden with sales supporting Fisher-Nightingale House. 

Children's activities include a bounce house, face painting, and more in the Kids Zone. 

Hey There Morgan will perform at 8 p.m. with fireworks at 10 p.m.

Participating food trucks include: Flyby BBQ, Young's on the Moove, Hunger Paynes Food Truck, Chicago Gyros and Dogs, Good Golly Miss Molly's Food Bus, Shantz Express, Claybourne GRILLE, Craves, Just Jerks, Ena's Food Truck, El Meson Food Truck.

WHEN: Saturday, July 7, 6-10 p.m.

WHERE: Mall at Fairfield Commons, entrance near Bravo!

COST: Free admission

MORE INFO: Website

🎆🍴🍺🎤Star Spangled Heights

Rozzi's Famous Fireworks capped off the Star Spangled Heights celebration Saturday, July 1, 2017, that started with a parade and included a car show, food truck rally, games, inflatables and live music at Thomas A. Cloud Park in Huber Heights.

Start your Fourth of July celebration early with this Independence Day Celebration featuring a parade, car show, beer garden, family activities, food trucks, music and a fireworks show.


WHEN: Saturday, June 30, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

WHERE: Thomas A. Cloud Park, 4707 Brandt Pike, Huber Heights

COST: Free

INFO: Event listing

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🎆🍴🎤West Milton 4th of July Celebration

Celebrate the Fourth starting this weekend with carnival rides from June 29 through July 4. Events on the Fourth include a 5K race, water balloon wars, music by The Rocketdog Band and fireworks.

WHEN: June 29-July 4

WHERE: West Milton community park, Ohio 571 and Washington Street.

COST: Free admission. Costs per activity.

INFO: Website

🎆🍴🎤Vandalia Star-Spangled Celebration

Family activities, food vendors, live entertainment and fireworks at 10 p.m.

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

WHERE: Vandalia Recreation Center and Sports Complex, 1111 Stonequarry Road, Vandalia

COST: Free

INFO: Website

🎆🍴🎤Beavercreek 4th of July Parade & Fireworks

Parade begins at 6 p.m. at Meadowbridge Drive continuing east on Dayton-Xenia Road to Beavercreek High School. After the parade, at Rotary Park there will be food trucks, live entertainment with the USAF Band of Flight, inflatable bounce houses and fireworks at 10 p.m.

WHEN: Wednesday, July, 4 6-10:30 p.m.

WHERE: Rotary Park, 2260 Dayton-Xenia Road, Beavercreek

COST: Free

INFO: Website

🎆🍴🎤Fairborn block party, parade and fireworks

July 3rd, Family Block Party from 3-10 p.m. along Main Street with music, rides and vendors. 

Fairborn's 70th Annual 4th of July Parade will take place on July 4 at 10 a.m. Parade begins at Fairborn Plaza Shopping Center, down Central, on Main to Broad Street. 

Entertainment begins at 5 p.m. at Community Park fireworks at 10 p.m. at Community Park.

WHEN: July 3-July 4. 

WHERE: Fairborn Community Park, 691 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Rd., Fairborn

COST: Free

INFO: Facebook

🎆Englewood Fireworks Celebration

The Englewood Civic Band will perform at 7 p.m. The Englewood Fire Association will sell glow rings. Fireworks begin at 10 p.m. Rain date: July 5, 2018.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 4, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Centennial Park, Union Road in Englewood

COST: Free


🎆Yellow Springs 4th of July Parade and Fireworks

Yellow Springs Fireworks - iW7 pk3814
Photo: www.whiotv.com

Parade begins at noon and will begin at Herman Street in front of Friends Care Community Center. Parade is open to the public to join in and march along the parade route. Fireworks begin at dusk at Gaunt Park.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 4, beginning at noon with fireworks at dusk

WHERE: Herman Street in front of Friends Care Community Center, Yellow Springs

COST: Free

INFO: Website

🎆🍴🎤Kevin Sonnycalb Memorial Fireworks Festival in Xenia

The Kevin Sonnycalb Memorial Fireworks and Xenia Rotary & Greene Memorial Hospital Fireworks Festival was held on Friday, July 3, 2015, at Shawnee Park. Kevin Sonnycalb was a Xenia native, active Rotarian, and local philanthropist. His family donated the funds for the fireworks to give back to the community that Sonnycalb loved, lived in, and greatly influenced his life.
Photo: Staff photo by Hillary McNabb

Family friendly and free event made possible by the Sonnycalb family, Greene Memorial Hospital, City of Xenia, Xenia Rotary, and by locally owned businesses and families. Fireworks by Rozzi's Famous Fireworks, American Wildlife Bicycle Parade, Food Trucks, Live Entertainment, Mike Hemmelgarn Puppet/Magic Show, Space Invaders Bike Parade, Sentinel Chalk Art Contest, Bouncy House Zone and much more.

WHEN: Friday, July 6, 4-11 p.m.

WHERE: Shawnee Park, 591 South Park Dr., Xenia

COST: Free

INFO: Website

🎆Red, White & Boro

Fireworks provided by the City of Springboro & Clearcreek Twp. will be launched from the Springboro Schools/SHS campus. Parking at the junior high and high school. Rain date is Thursday, July 5.

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WHEN: Wednesday, July 4, beginning at 9:45 p.m.

WHERE: Springboro schools high school campus, 1675 S. Main St., Springboro

COST: Free

INFO: Website

🎆🍴🎤Lebanon Independence Day Celebration

Bring the family to enjoy live music, free inflatables and activities, including a petting zoo. Music by Stranger. Food vendors are available. No alcohol allowed on premises. Music begins at 7 p.m. Fireworks launch at 10 p.m.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 3, from 4-10 p.m.

WHERE: Colonial Park West with free parking across the street at the Warren County Fairgrounds

COST: Free

INFO: Facebook

🎆Piqua 4th Fest

The Piqua 4th Fest is back and in a new location. This year’s festival has been moved to Downtown Piqua from noon to 9:30 p.m. with a fireworks at 10 p.m. New activities include:  painting of the snow plows, a pop-up splash pad, cornhole tournament and a kids zone.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 4, noon to 10 p.m.

WHERE: Downtown Piqua

COST: Free admission

INFO: Website

🎆🎤Troy 4th of July Parade and Fireworks

Troy Fireworks - iW7 Sharon
Photo: www.whiotv.com

Parade begins at 9 a.m., with the route being Staunton, Market and Main streets. The McCartney Project, a Paul McCartney tribute band, will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. at Treasure Island Park in Troy. All ages are welcome. A fireworks display will conclude the festivities at 10 p.m. along the Great Miami river levee.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 4, with parade at 9, concert at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks at 10 p.m.

WHERE: Fireworks along the Great Miami River Levee (Accessible from Adams and Market streets).

COST: Free

🎆Tipp City fireworks

Annual fireworks display begins at 10 p.m.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 4, 10 p.m.

WHERE: City Park, 35 Parkwood Drive, Tipp City

COST: Free

INFO: Website


🎆🍴🎤🎢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: Tuesday, July 3, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Sunlite Water Adventure will be open from 10 a.m. to 9:30 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. Parking is $9 until 2 p.m. and $12 after 2 p.m.


🎆🍴🎤Red, White and Kaboom 

There were many "ooohs" and "aaahs" during the fireworks display at Fairfield's 2016 Red, White & Kaboom on July 3, 2016. MICHAEL D. PITMAN/STAFF
Photo: Michael D. Pitman

Easily the biggest community Fourth of July events, the city of Fairfield boasts four locations (parties) to view the Rozzi’s Fireworks show. They are Harbin Park (the actual launch site), Village Green Park, Marsh Lake, and the Fairfield Aquatic Center. Harbin Park and Village Green Park will feature food and live entertainment. Marsh Lake offers fishing for an additional $5 for non-season ticket holders, and the Fairfield Aquatic Center offers swimming and games.  

WHEN: July 3, dusk-11 p.m.  

WHERE: Various locations throughout Fairfield including: Harbin Park (the actual launch site), Village Green Park, Marsh Lake, and the Fairfield Aquatic Center

COST: Free  

MORE INFO: 513-867-5300 or www.fairfield-city.org

🎆🍴🎤Red, White and Blue Ash 

Classic pop/rock stars will provide the entertainment for Blue Ash’s Fourth of July party. John Waite, best known for his 1980s hit singles, “Missing You” and “When I See You Smile” (with Bad English), will take the stage at 6 p.m. Pat Benatar and husband/bandmate, Neil Giraldo, will follow at 8:15 p.m. Rozzi’s Fireworks will take over at 10 p.m.  This family-friendly event will also include plenty of food and drink. 

WHEN: July 4, 4 p.m.-10:35 p.m. 

WHERE: Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash 

COST: Free 

MORE INFO: 513-745-8550 or www.blueashevents.com 

🎆🍴🎤Light Up Liberty  

Light Up Liberty is an alcohol-free Fourth of July event that takes place at the Princeton Pike Church of God in Liberty Township on July 1. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
Photo: Contributing Writer

Light Up Liberty is a family-oriented party that includes food, live music, carnival rides, a car show and fireworks at 10 p.m. Light Up Liberty is an alcohol-free event. 

WHEN: July 1, 6-10:15 p.m. 

WHERE: Princeton Pike Church of God, 6101 Princeton Glendale Road, Liberty Township  

COST: Free  

MORE INFO: 513-867-1995 or www.lightupliberty.com


🎆🎤Clark County Old Fashioned Country Fireworks

The Old Fashioned Country Fireworks in Springfield. File photo by Bill Lackey

Gates open at 6 p.m. Live music begins at 7 p.m. at the grandstands; fireworks begin at dark, approximately 10 p.m. Rain date is July 3.

WHEN: Monday, July 2, 7-10 p.m.

WHERE: Clark County Fairgrounds, 4401 S. Charleston Pike, Springfield

COST: Free

MORE INFO: Website

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