5 things to do this weekend

Well, this week is off to a rainy start, but here’s to hoping for sunny skies this weekend for all of those Fourth of July celebrations. Here’s a mix of indoor and outdoor fun this weekend, so you have options. If all else fails, there’s always “Magic Mike XXL.”


Just about every community has its own Fourth of July celebration. But some stand out from the rest. Celebrate early with the city of Dayton’s display “Lights in Flight” above downtown Dayton and the Great Miami River on Thursday, July 2. This free-admission festival will include food, beverages, children’s activities and music at RiverScape MetroPark. Entertainment includes DJ music, plus “American Idol” contestant and area native Alexis Gomez, Son del Caribe, the American Bombshells and Damien Lawson. The festivities end with fireworks at 10 p.m. Springboro is celebrating 200 years with fireworks, live music spanning all genres, a parachute demonstration, children’s activities including animal friends from the Columbus Zoo and fun for all ages in a three-day celebration July 3-5.


There are plenty of Independence Day celebrations taking place throughout the Miami Valley this week but few have the size and scope of the 42nd annual Centerville-Washington Township Americana Festival. The massive event is presented in various spots in downtown Centerville near Main and Franklin streets on Saturday, July 4.

A parade, 5K run, auto show and fireworks are just some of the attractions that bring in an estimated 75,000 people each July. The 5K run begins at 7:30 a.m., followed by the street fair at 9:30 a.m. and the holiday parade at 10 a.m.

The Americana Festival concludes with grand finale fireworks at Centerville High School Stadium at 10 p.m. Cost: free. Call 937-433-5898 or visit www.americanafestival.org.


Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, 2600 Dewesse Parkway, Dayton is getting in the patriotic spirit with Red, White and Boonshoft. The Star Spangled Science Celebration, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 4, features science shows, indoor fireworks in the planetarium, face painting and more. Cost: $13 adults, $11 seniors 60 and older and $10 children 3-16. Admission is free for museum members and children younger than 3. Call 937-278-6076 or visit www.boonshoftmuseum.org.


Dayton Art Institute’s Year of American Art continues with “Call to Duty: World War Posters” and “Tears of Stone: Photographs by Jane Alden Stevens.” These two special exhibitions commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I open at the DAI, 456 Belmonte Park N., Dayton on Saturday, July 4. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Cost: Free for museum members and youth/children 6 and younger. Admission is $14 for non-member adults, $11 students 18 and older with ID, active military and groups of 10 or more, and $6 youth ages 7-17. The exhibitions are on display through October 4. Call 937-223-4ART (4278) or visit www.daytonartinstitute.org.


Not only is it a celebration of Independence Day, but it’s also a celebration of 200 years. The city of Springboro is celebrating its bicentennial with three days of events for the whole family. Highlights include a performance by the Fastrax Parachute Demonstration Team, fireworks, children’s entertainment, a potpourri of music from nostalgia tribute bands, to bluegrass and more. Bonus: nearly all of the events are free to the public. See a complete schedule of events.