When you think of summer, you think of barbecues, warm days by the pool, and Fourth of July fireworks.
If you’re looking for ways to celebrate Independence Day close to home, there are plenty of options in Southwest Ohio close to Dayton.
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.
🎆🍴🎤Dayton Lights in Flight Fireworks Festival
This celebration features one of the region’s biggest fireworks shows along the downtown Dayton riverfront on Wednesday, July 3. Hear live music from the Dayton Jazz Collection, Brass Tracks Band and D-Funk Band. There will also be food, fun for the whole family and of course, fireworks to close the show at 10 p.m.
WHEN: Wednesday, July 3; festival at 5 p.m., fireworks at 10 p.m.
WHERE: RiverScape MetroPark, 111 E. Monument Ave., Dayton
COST: FREE admission
🎆🍴🎤Free Fireworks Friday at Hollywood Gaming
Head over to Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway for an outdoor celebration with food and drinks, live music by GenX featuring classic rock, ’80’s rock, country and oldies hits between 7 and 10 p.m. Then watch a 15-minute-long fireworks show set to music beginning at 10 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to this family friendly event. Rain dates will be announced in the event of inclement weather
WHEN: Friday, June 28 from 7 to 10 p.m.
WHERE: Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway, 777 Hollywood Blvd, Dayton
COST: FREE admission. Food and drink will be for sale at the event
🎆🍴🔬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 and outdoor event. The annual star-spangled science celebration features educational shows, entertainment, indoor fireworks in the planetarium, face painting, food vendors and more.
WHEN: Thursday, July 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, 2600 Deweese Pkwy., Dayton
COST: Activities included with regular admission. Cost is $14.50 for adults, $12.50 seniors 60 and older, $11.50 children 3-17, free for museum members and children younger than 3
🎆🍴🎉Beavercreek 4th of July Parade & Fireworks
The 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, entertainment, children’s activities and fireworks at 10 p.m.
WHEN: Thursday, July, 4 6-10:30 p.m.
WHERE: Rotary Park, 2260 Dayton-Xenia Road, Beavercreek
🎆🍴🍺🎤Red, White & Brew
The Mall at Fairfield Commons will host its 3rd annual Red, White and Brew event on Saturday, July 6, outside of the main mall entrance. 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 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Spungewurthy will perform live at the event, with fireworks at 10 p.m.
Participating food trucks include: Chicago Gyros and Dogs Beavercreek, Hunger Paynes, El Meson Food Trucks, Thai1On, Dayton Urban BBQ, Cumberland Kettle Corn, Underdogs Mobile, Good Golly Miss Molly's Food Bus Jubie's Creamery and Clayborn Grill.
WHEN: Saturday, July 6, 6-10 p.m.
WHERE: Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek, entrance near Bravo!
COST: Free admission
Tons of fun events are on the schedule for the 46th annual Americana Festival July 3-4. July 3 events include a concert by cover band Stranger and fireworks at the Centerville High School Stadium, 500 E. Franklin St. Gates open at 6 p.m. A variety of food vendors will be on hand at the stadium entrance. The concert will begin at 8:30 p.m. with fireworks synchronized to music by 92.9FM at 10 p.m. Get a complete schedule here.
WHEN: 5K, parade, children’s entertainment, strolling performers and festival on July 4, 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Fireworks are on July 3, with food and live music. Gates open at 6 p.m. and entertainment begins at 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Location varies per event. Check map for specific event locations in Centerville.
INFO: Facebook | Website
🎆🎤 Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration
This annual festival in Eaton will feature food, live music, children’s activities and fireworks.
WHEN: July 7, 5 to 10 p.m.
WHERE: Preble County Historical Society, 7693 Swartsel Road, Eaton
INFO: Call 937-787-4256 or visit www.preblecountyhistoricalsociety.org
🎆🎤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, 2019.
WHEN: Thursday, July 4, 7 p.m.
WHERE: Centennial Park, Union Road in Englewood
🎆🍴🎉🎤Fairborn's Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks
Join the fun in Fairborn with a parade at 10 a.m. The parade begins at Fairborn Plaza Shopping Center, down Central, on Main to Broad Street. Entertainment including music by Hey There Morgan and Full Frontal begins at 5 p.m. at Community Park with fireworks at 10 p.m. at Community Park. Food vendors will be on site.
WHEN: July 4 from 5 to 10 p.m. (with a parade earlier in the day at 10 a.m. downtown)
WHERE: Fairborn Community Park, 691 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Rd., Fairborn
“The Wettest 4th of July Parade in Ohio” will begin at 10 a.m. from the Lion’s Bridge, to South Main Street and along 6th Street ending at Franklin Community Park. Then come back to Franklin Community Park at 6 p.m. for music, fun and fireworks at dusk. This event is free with limited parking at the park and on-street neighborhood parking throughout the area.
WHEN: July 4, 6 to 11 p.m.
WHERE: Franklin Community Park, 306 East 6th St., Franklin
🎆🍴🎤🎉Star Spangled Heights
Start your Fourth of July celebration early with this Independence Day Celebration featuring a parade, flag ceremony, family activities, food trucks, music and a fireworks show.
WHEN: Saturday, June 29, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
WHERE: Thomas A. Cloud Park, 4707 Brandt Pike, Huber Heights
🎆🍴🎤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, a kids zone and of course, fireworks. Bring your family, grab your chairs and blankets and get ready to rock with live performances from Shadowlife and Stranger.
🎆🍴🎤Lebanon Independence Day Celebration
Bring the family to enjoy a parade, live music, free inflatables and activities, including a petting zoo. Music by TIMESTAMP. Food vendors are available. Parade at 4 p.m. Celebration from 5-10 p.m. Fireworks launch at 10 p.m.
WHEN: Wednesday, July 3, from 4-10 p.m.
WHERE: Colonial Park West with free parking across the street at the Warren County Fairgrounds
🎆🍴🎡🎤 July First Friday & Saturday at Austin Landing
Enjoy live music, food trucks and fireworks when Austin Landing hosts its July First Friday & Saturday party. Rock out to the likes of The Menus and Bruce in the USA, a Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band tribute act. Both nights will end with a celebration of Independence Day, with fireworks on Friday and a special effects show on Saturday.
WHEN: July 5 and 6, 6 to 10:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Park at Austin Landing, 10400 Innovation Drive, Miamisburg
COST: Tickets are $10, VIP tickets are $100
🎆🍴🎡🎤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 at 4 p.m. followed by a concert from Phil Dirt & the Dozers.
🎆🏃Piqua 4th Fest
The Piqua 4th Fest is back in Downtown Piqua from noon to 9:30 p.m. with a fireworks display at 10 p.m. There will be tons of fun activities, and a 5K walk is also scheduled earlier that day at 9 a.m.
WHEN: Thursday, July 4, noon to 10 p.m.
WHERE: Downtown Piqua
COST: Free admission
🎆🎤 City of Sidney Fourth of July Celebration
On July 4th, Sidney will celebrate the holiday with fireworks. The evening’s entertainment begins at 9 p.m. with a performance of patriotically themed music by the Sidney Civic Band on the lawn at Sidney High School. The pyrotechnics kick off at 10 p.m. and can be viewed from either the campus of Sidney Middle School or Sidney High School. In honor of Shelby County’s bicentennial this year, the fireworks display will be bigger. In the event of rain, the fireworks show will take place at this same location on July 5.
WHEN: July 4, 9-10:45 p.m.
WHERE: Sidney Middle School, 980 Fair Road, Sidney
🎆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 for the entire community to enjoy.
WHEN: Thursday, July 4, beginning at 9:45 p.m.
WHERE: Springboro schools high school campus, 1675 S. Main St., Springboro
🎆🎤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.
WHEN: Monday, July 1, 6-10:30 p.m.
WHERE: Clark County Fairgrounds, 4401 S. Charleston Pike, Springfield
MORE INFO: Facebook
🎆🍴🎤Vandalia Star-Spangled Celebration
Family activities, food vendors, live entertainment with the Tyler Cochran Trio and fireworks at 10 p.m.
WHEN: Wednesday, July 3, 7-10 p.m.
WHERE: Vandalia Recreation Center and Sports Complex, 1111 Stonequarry Road, Vandalia
🎆🍴🎡🎉🎤West Milton 4th of July Celebration
Celebrate the Fourth starting this weekend with carnival rides from June 28 through July 4. Events include a parade, Lucky the Clown, music by The Rocketdog Band and Kyleight Ryan, and fireworks.
WHEN: Festival runs from June 28 through July 4th
WHERE: West Milton community park, Ohio 571 and Washington Street.
COST: Free admission. Costs per activity.
🎆🍴Tipp City fireworks
Food truck rally begins at 7 p.m. and annual fireworks display begins at 10 p.m.
WHEN: Wednesday, July 4, 7-10 p.m.
WHERE: Kyle Park, 500 S 1st St., Tipp City
🎆🎉🎤Troy 4th of July parade and fireworks
Parade begins at 9 a.m., with the route being Staunton, Market and Main streets.Eagles 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: Thursday, July 4, with parade at 9 a.m., 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).
🎆🍴🎤🚗🚴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, live entertainment, superhero bicycle parade, food trucks, face painting, bouncy houses, a car cruise-in, community displays, street performers, bands, children's games, animal petting zoos and other entertainment.
WHEN: Friday, July 5, 5-10:30 p.m.
WHERE: Shawnee Park, 591 South Park Dr., Xenia