Nothing says summer like the Fourth of July.
When it comes to celebrating Independence Day, there are plenty of options in Southwest Ohio close to Dayton and Cincinnati.
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.
If you plan smartly, you could celebrate the Fourth for days!
FIREWORKS AROUND DAYTON
🎆🍴🎤Dayton Lights in Flight Fireworks Festival
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.
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
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
🎆🍴🔬Red, White and Boonshoft
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
🎆🍴🎤Kettering Go 4th!
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
🎆🍴🍺⚾ Dayton Dragons Post-Game Fireworks Show
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
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.
WHEN: Wednesday, July 4, 4 to 11 p.m. Fireworks at 10 p.m.
WHERE: Wax Park, 3800 Main Street, Moraine
🎆🍴🍺🎤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
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
INFO: Event listing
🎆🍴🎤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.
🎆🍴🎤Vandalia Star-Spangled Celebration
Family activities, food vendors, live entertainment and fireworks at 10 p.m.
WHEN: Tuesday, July 3, 7-10 p.m.
WHERE: Vandalia Recreation Center and Sports Complex, 1111 Stonequarry Road, Vandalia
🎆🍴🎤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
🎆🍴🎤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
🎆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
🎆Yellow Springs 4th of July Parade and Fireworks
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
🎆🍴🎤Kevin Sonnycalb Memorial Fireworks Festival in Xenia
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
🎆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.
WHEN: Wednesday, July 4, beginning at 9:45 p.m.
WHERE: Springboro schools high school campus, 1675 S. Main St., Springboro
🎆🍴🎤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
🎆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
🎆🎤Troy 4th of July Parade and Fireworks
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).
🎆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
FIREWORKS AROUND CINCINNATI
🎆🍴🎤🎢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
🎆🍴🎤🎢Coney Island Balloon Glow
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
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
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
MORE INFO: 513-745-8550 or www.blueashevents.com
🎆🍴🎤Light Up Liberty
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
MORE INFO: 513-867-1995 or www.lightupliberty.com
🎆🎤Clark County Old Fashioned Country Fireworks
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
MORE INFO: Website