Independence Day celebrations are back this year and many communities are pulling out all the stops to bring families and friends together with parades, festivities and, of course, brilliant fireworks displays. Here’s a list of what’s going on around Greater Cincinnati.
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Hamilton: Red, White & Carts Tour, Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road. Guided tours of park in golf cart with bottle of red wine and cheese plate with crackers. Runs July 2-4. Reserve time and date: pyramidhill.org.
Lebanon: Independence Day Celebration, 6-10 p.m., Solid Rock Church, 903 N. Union Road. Food trucks, car and bike show, music, games, face painting and fireworks at end of evening.
Milford: Sparks in the Park, 8-10 p.m., Rozzi’s fireworks at 10 p.m. milfordohio.org.
West Chester: Taps, Tastes and Tunes Festival, 5-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-10 p.m. Sunday, Voice of America Park, 8070 Tylersville Road. Fireworks 10 p.m. Sunday. Runs July 2-4. cincinnatifestivalsandevents.com.
Anderson Township: Independence Day Parade, 10 a.m. Starts at township operations center, 7954 Beechmont Ave. and ends at Anderson Towne Center, 7500 Beechmont Ave. andersontownship.org.
Anderson Township: LaRosa’s Balloon Glow, 6 p.m., Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave. Parking is $10 before 2 p.m., $15 after 2 p.m. Fireworks at dusk. coneyislandpark.com.
Aurora: Celebrate God & Country, 5-10 p.m., Gabbard Riverfront Park, 110 Importing St. Colonial crafts for kids, Revolutionary re-enactment, music by Blaine Bowman & this Good Time Band. Fireworks at 10 p.m. aurora.in.us.
Blanchester: Red, White & Blanchester Blue, 11 a.m. Saturday, noon Sunday, Downtown Blanchester. Parade at 11 a.m. from Blanchester High School. Vendor booths, rides, inflatables, live music, pie-eating contest. Runs July 3-4. Fireworks at dusk on July 4. blanchesterchamber.com.
Colerain Township: Rumpke/Colerain 4th of July Spectacular, 7 p.m.-midnight, Township Government Complex. Presented by Northgate Mall. Live music and fireworks display. Food and beverages for sale. No coolers. Free admission, free parking and free shuttle service from Northgate Mall and Colerain Middle School. colerain.org.223/4th-of-July-Spectacular.
Covington: A Patriotic Showcase, 7 p.m., Devou Park, 1201 Park Drive. The Kentucky Army National Guard presents the 202nd Army Band. covparks.com.
Downtown: Cincinnati Reds vs Chicago Cubs, 7:10 p.m. Friday, 4:10 p.m. Saturday, 1:10 p.m. Sunday, Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way. Friday night fireworks after game, Super Saturday patriotic T-shirt giveaway, size XL only, and Family Sunday with giveaways for kids, carnival games and more. reds.com.
Edgewood: Independence Day 5K Run/Walk, 7:30 a.m., Presidents Park, 283 Dudley Road. $15-$35. edgewood5k.com.
Edgewood: 4th of July Extravaganza, 9:30 a.m.-9:45 p.m. City of Edgewood. Parade begins at Caywood Elementary 3300 Turkeyfoot Road. Ceremony at Presidents Park flagpole follows parade. Live music, food and drink vendors and fireworks at Freedom Park. Bring a blanket and arrive early. edgewoodky.gov.
Fairfield: Red, White and Kaboom, 10 p.m., William Harbin Park, 1300 Hunter Road. Event will be similar to that of 2020. Harbin Park and will close and be cleared of public at dusk. 20-minute firework display designed to be seen throughout Fairfield for families to enjoy from their homes. fairfield-city.org.
Florence: Independence Day Celebration, 10 p.m., Florence Government Center, 8100 Ewing Blvd. Park cars at government center starting at 8 p.m. Fireworks by Elite Pyrotechnics at 10 p.m. Soundtrack simulcast on WNKR 106.7 FM. florence-ky.gov.
Fort Mitchell: Independence Day Parade, noon-2 p.m., City of Fort Mitchell. Parade starts at DCCH Center for children and Families (75 Orphanage Road) and follows Dixie Highway to Beechwood Road. fortmitchell.com.
Fort Thomas: Independence Day Celebration, 3-10:30 p.m., Tower Park, 950 S. Fort Thomas Ave. Parade at 10:30 a.m. starts at Highlands High School, ends at Tower Park. From 3-10 p.m. enjoy games, rides, music, food and fireworks at 10 p.m.
Franklin: Independence Day Parade and Fireworks, 10 a.m., City of Franklin. Parade begins on Park Ave. turns onto Main St. and ending at Community Park (306 E. Sixth St.). Due to construction of Dial Park West, fireworks will be launched from Community Park. Park will be closed to public and fireworks will be able to be seen throughout city at 10 p.m. All American Blast will return in 2022. franklinohio.org.
Independence: Independence Celebration and Classic Car Show, 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Memorial Park, 2003 Jackwoods Pkwy. Classic cars, parade, food trucks, drink booths, live music and fireworks.
Lebanon: Declaration of Independence Parade, 3 p.m., Downtown Lebanon. Live music at Colonial Park West ending with fireworks show.
Madeira: Independence Day Parade and Celebration, 6-9 p.m. McDonald Commons Park, 7502 Dawson Road. Madeira Mile, 5:30 p.m. Parade, 6 p.m., festivities at park include food, beer, entertainment and fireworks. madeiracity.com.
Metamora: Fireman’s Festival, 3 p.m., Whitewater Valley Gateway Park, 19067 US 52. Volunteer fire department serves of hamburgers and hot dogs, parade at 6 p.m., fireworks at dusk. Bouncy house and beer garden.
Middletown: Independence Day Festival, 4-11 p.m., Smith Park, 500 Tytus Ave. Live music, food and drinks. Free shuttle service. Music starts at 5 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Montgomery: Independence Day Parade and Festival, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Montgomery Park, 10101 Montgomery Road. Parade at 10 a.m. followed by festival with live music, food vendors, magic shows, crafts, scavenger hunt, all-star baseball game. montgomeryohio.gov.
New Richmond: Freedom Fest, 1-8 p.m. Saturday, 1-11 p.m. Sunday, Front St. Live music, artisans, vendors, Cincinnati Circus performances, Dead Low Beer Garden/ Parade and Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks on July 4.
Newport: Independence Day Cruise, 6:30-11:30 p.m., BB Riverboats, 101 Riverboat Row. Riverboat cruise to Coney Island for LaRosa’s Balloon Glow and fireworks. $75, $50 ages 4-12.
Over-the-Rhine: Independence Day Block Party, 3-10 p.m. Saturday, 6-10 p.m. Sunday Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine.
Oxford: Freedom Festival goes Old School, 5-10 p.m., Oxford Community Park, 6801 Fairfield Road. Carriage rides, archery, vintage baseball, food, games, hot air balloon rides and Fireworks at 10 p.m. enjoyoxford.org.
Sunman: Independence Day Celebration, 3-10 p.m., Holtkamp Winery, 10868 Woliung Road. Live music, brick oven pizza, artisan crafts.
West Union, Ind.: Liberty 4th of July Festival, 7 p.m., W Union St. Parade grand marshal is Don Clevenger. Route starts at Union County High School and follows Union St. to courthouse. Live music by Jay Jesse Johnson Band from 8-11 p.m.
Anderson Township:Red, White and BOOM, 8 p.m., Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave. Join John Morris Russell and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra for a showcase of American favorites. Post-concert fireworks. riverbend.org.
Blue Ash: Red, White and Blue Ash, 10 p.m., Summit Park, 4335 Glendale-Milford Road. Biggest fireworks display in the region. Concerts and other traditional experiences associated with RW&BA will not take place this year.
Downtown: Fourth of July Celebration, 2-10 p.m., Sawyer Point Park, 705 Pete Rose Way. Live music with Sarah Sugar and the High Crimes 2:30-4 p.m., Crown Watts 4:30-6 p.m., Classic Rock Experience 6:30-8 p.m. and Thunderstruck 8:30-10 p.m. Food and drink vendors on-site, and Rozzi’s fireworks at 10 p.m. Sponsored by Cincinnati Parks.
Greendale: 4th of July Celebration, 8 a.m.-9:50 p.m., 5K race at 8 a.m., fishing derby at 10 a.m., bike/golf cart parade at 2 p.m. at Oakey Park, live music, food and drinks booths. Fireworks at dusk. visitsoutheastindiana.com.
Hamilton: Celebrating Freedom and Hamilton, 3 p.m., Butler County Fairgrounds, 1715 Fairgrove Ave. Parade leaves fairgrounds at 3 p.m. and arrives at Front & Ludlow streets at 5 p.m. At 7 p.m. That Arena Rock Show and H&R Rock perform at RiversEdge Amphitheater. Fireworks show at 10 p.m. from Veteran’s Park. hamilton-ohio.com.
Hamilton: 4th of July Celebration, noon-8 p.m., Stricker’s Grove, 11490 Hamilton Cleves Road. Open to the public, free admission. Fireworks 10 p.m. Ride tickets cost extra. Parking is $5 before 6 p.m., $8 after 6 p.m. stricketsgrove.com.
Harrison: 4th of July Celebration, 4 p.m., Harrison Community Center, 300 George St. Parade, fireworks at dusk, live music and other entertainment, food, drinks, adult beverages. Free family activities include cornhole tournament, face painting and more. harrisonohio.gov.
Liberty Township: 4th of July Parade, 10 a.m., Lakota East High School, 6840 Lakota Lane. Parade starts at high school and continues to Wyandot Lane before looping back to high school. gettothebc.com.
Liberty Township: Light Up Liberty, 5 p.m., 6101 Princeton Glendale Road. Family fun zone with carnival games and activities, food trucks, local vendors and live music. Alcohol-free. Fireworks at dusk. lightupliberty.com.
Loveland: Independence Day Celebration, 4-11 p.m., Nisbet Park, 126 W. Karl Brown Way. Rides, inflatable games, face painting, performers and more. Parade at 7 p.m. from Loveland Elementary School (600 Loveland Madeira Road) ending at Nisbet Park. Live music, food trucks and at 10 p.m. fireworks display. Shuttles at Loveland High School (1 Tiger Trail) and Loveland Early Childhood Center (6740 Loveland-Miamiville Road) with drop off at Riverside Drive and Third St. lovinlifeloveland.com.
Mason: Downtown Block Party, 6-10 p.m., Downtown Plaza. Live music with The Spazmatics and The Windbreakers. Food, beverages, kids activities, vendors, local business displays and Rozzi’s fireworks. imaginemason.org.
Mason: 4th of July Fireworks, dusk, Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Drive. visitkingsisland.com.
Monroe: Light Up the Sky, noon-11 p.m., Monroe Community Park, 550 S. Main St. Parade from Kroger to Community Park. Festival food, crafts, vintage baseball game, flag raising at 1 p.m., kids area with games and inflatables, beer tent, live music, Rozzi fireworks at dark. monroe-lions.squarespace.com.
Mount Lookout: Independence Day Fireworks, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Ault Park, 5090 Observatory Circle. Day filled with family fun. Children’s parade and contest at 11 a.m. Food trucks, kids activities, live music, Rozzi’s fireworks at 10 p.m. aultparkac.org.
Springboro: Free Concert and Fireworks, 7:30 p.m., North Park, 195 Tamarack Trail. Music of Elvis Presley and Wayne Newton featuring Don Rose and Brian Brenner. Bring own seating. Food trucks and beer sales. Fireworks close out the night. cityofspringboro.com.
Symmes Township, Community Fireworks Display, dusk. Fireworks shot from Symmes Park & Phillips Park. Off-site viewing only. symmestownship.org.
Wyoming: July 4th Celebration, noon-9:45 p.m., Village Green, 400 Wyoming Ave. Parade at noon, block party featuring live music and local food specials. Rozzi’s fireworks at Oak Park at 9:45 p.m. wyomingohio.gov.
College Corner: Thunder Monday, 5-10 p.m. Hueston Woods State Park, 6301 Park Office Road. Enjoy a cookout and DJ, with fireworks show at dusk. gettothebc.com.
Canceled this year
Green Township: Due to major construction at Kuliga Park, this year’s celebration and fireworks will not happen. greentwp.org.
Northside: Northside 4th of July Parade and Rock ‘n Roll Carnival won’t take place this year. But the 2021 Fourth of July celebration will include porch decorations, walking routes, a sticker passport for kids and small-scale block parties.