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Fourth of July events

By Maija Zummo · July 1st, 2014 · Fourth of July
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Balloon Glow at Coney Island — The 15th annual LaRosa’s Balloon Glow features live music, family entertainment and Coney classic rides all night. Starting at 8 p.m., hot air balloons will light up the sky followed by a Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks show over Lake Como at 10 p.m. 5-11 p.m. July 3. Free; $8 parking until 2 p.m.; $10 parking after 2 p.m. 6201 Kellogg Ave., California, 513-232-8230, coneyislandpark.com.

Independence Day Cruise — Celebrate America’s birthday on an old-fashioned river cruise from downtown to Coney Island for Balloon Glow. 6:30-11:30 p.m. July 3. $55 adults; $32 children. BB Riverboats, 101 Riverboat Row, Newport, Ky., bbriverboats.com.

Madeira Independence Day — Parade ends with music, food, drinks and fireworks at 10 p.m. 7 p.m. July 3. Free. Sellman Park, 6700 Marvin Ave., Madeira, madeiracity.com.

Montgomery Independence Day — The Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony Orchestra kicks off the party on July 3 with a concert featuring standards from the ’50s and ’60s. Then, on July 4, the morning starts with a parade followed by a festival. 7:30 p.m. July 3; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 4. Free. Montgomery Park, Montgomery Road and Schoolhouse Lane, Montgomery, montgomeryohio.org. 

Mount Healthy Fireworks — Fireworks, children’s parade, food and music. 5 p.m. July 3. Free. Mount Healthy City Park, McMakin and Perry streets, Mount Healthy, mthealthy.org. 

Mount Washington Parade — Parade and refreshments. 7:30 p.m. July 3. Free. Stanbery Park, 2221 Oxford Ave., Mount Washington, 513-231-7351.

Northside Rock N’ Roll Carnival — An extension of the Northside Fourth of July Parade. Three days of all-ages Rock music, entertainment, food and craft beer in Hoffner Park. Bands include Tweens, Frontier Folk Nebraska, The Cincinnati Suds, Mardou and more. 6 p.m.-1 a.m. July 3-5. Free. Hoffner Park, 4104 Hamilton Ave., Northside, northsiderocks.com. 

Reading Fourth of July Festival — Raffles, rides, food and more, with fireworks Saturday. 5-11 p.m. July 3; 1-11 p.m. July 4-5. Koenig Park, 520 W. Columbia Ave., Reading, 513-733-9926.

Red, White and Kaboom — Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks light up Fairfield with fireworks visible from three official viewing locations — Harbin Park, Village Green Park and Fairfield Aquatic Center — plus food, entertainment and kids’ activities. 7-11 p.m. July 3. Free; $5 at the Aquatic Center. William Harbin Park, 1300 Hunter Road, Fairfield, fairfield-city.org/kaboom. 

Anderson Township Independence Day — The 10th annual July Fourth parade will feature more than 100 entries. 10 a.m. July 4. Free.

Anderson, andersonparade.com.

Edgewood Fourth of July Extravaganza — A 5k race (edgewood5k.com), parade, volleyball tournament, free Classic Rock concert and Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks. 7:30 a.m.-dusk July 4. Free. Freedom Park, 550 Freedom Park Drive, Edgewood, Ky., edgewoodky.gov.

Firecracker Festival — A festival in downtown Loveland featuring a parade, food, drinks, music by the Rusty Griswolds and fireworks. 4-11:30 p.m. July 4. Free. West Loveland Ave., Loveland, lovelandchamber.org.

Fireworks Friday — The Reds play ball against the Milwaukee Brewers on July 4 and then celebrate with a spectacular fireworks show. Fireworks start 15 minutes post-game. The game is also a Military Appreciation Day, with ceremonies honoring military groups. 7:10 p.m. July 4. Tickets start at $5. Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown, cincinnati.reds.mlb.com.

Fourth of July Ice Cream Social — The William Howard Taft National Historic Site hosts an ice cream social with music by Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers. 1-4 p.m. July 4. Free. 2038 Auburn Ave., Mount Auburn, nps.gov/wiho.

Fort Mitchell Independence Day Parade — Begins at the Children’s Home and ends at Beechwood School. 12:30-2 p.m. July 4. Free. DCCH Center for Children, 75 Orphanage Road, Fort Mitchell, Ky., fortmitchell.com.

Hamilton Fourth of July Celebration — The 52nd annual parade is themed “Celebrating Hamilton’s History/Robert McCloskey Centennial.” Following the parade, the Taste of Hamilton will feature entertainment, food and fireworks. 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. July 4. Free. Downtown Hamilton, hamilton-city.org.

Independence Day Celebration on the Square — Catch a classic Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks show Thursday on the Square. 10-10:30 p.m. July 3. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, myfountainsquare.com.

Indian Hill Independence Day Celebration — A parade kicks off the morning of festivities, culminating in a 9:45 p.m. fireworks display. 10 a.m. July 4. Free. Stephan Field, Drake and Shawnee Run roads, Indian Hill, ci.indian-hill.oh.us.

July Fourth Children’s Parade and Fireworks — The children’s parade features a bike decorating contest. Concessions will be available in Ault Park until the 10 p.m. fireworks show. 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. July 4. $2 per child; $1 additional child. Ault Park, 3600 Observatory Ave., Mount Lookout, aultparkac.org/fireworks.

July Fourth Fireworks at Kings Island — The park will be open until midnight both nights with fireworks at 10 p.m. 10 a.m.-midnight July 4 and 5. $59.99 adult; $36.99 junior/senior. 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason, visitkingsisland.com.

Northside Fourth of July Parade — Northside’s eclectic parade full of color, marching bands, red-white-and-blue costumes and more. Gubernatorial candidate Ed Fitzgerald will join local politicians this year. Noon July 4. Free. Northside, northsidejuly4.com.

Norwood Hometown Fireworks — The 11th annual Norwood Hometown Fireworks features a kids zone with strolling characters and a balloon artist, food trucks, Cincinnati Zoo’s Wings of Wonder, a live concert by Robin Lacy & DeZydeco and fireworks at 10 p.m. 6-10:30 p.m. July 4. Free. Shea Stadium, 2603 Harris Ave., Norwood, norwood-ohio.com.

Peaselburg Fourth of July Parade — One of Northern Kentucky’s oldest Fourth of July parades. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. July 4. Free. St. Augustine Church, 1839 Euclid Ave., Covington, Ky., peaselburg.org.

Red, White & Blue Ash — Blue Ash’s big-ass fourth festival featuring entertainment, food, family activities and live music from headliners Cheap Trick plus fireworks from Rozzi’s. 4-10:30 p.m. July 4. Free. Blue Ash Summit Park, 4335 Glendale-Milford Road, Blue Ash, blueash.com.

Red, White and Boom! — The Cincinnati Pops and string trio Time for Three take over Riverbend with all-American music and fireworks. 8 p.m. July 4. $15; $5 active military and veterans. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California, cincinnatisymphony.org.

Sharonville’s Fourth on the Loop Parade — A themed day of celebration — “We the People, Salute America” — with a parade full of classic cars, performers, decorated bikes, musical groups, patriotic pets and more. A Fair on the Square follows. Noon July 4. Free. Downtown Sharonville, ci.sharonville.oh.us.

Sisters of Notre Dame Fourth of July Festival — The Sisters of Notre Dame present their 92nd annual Fourth of July festival and carnival featuring games, raffles, a silent auction, petting zoo, craft market, food and drinks (including booze). 2-7 p.m. July 4. Free. Sisters of Notre Dame, 1601 Dixie Highway, Covington, Ky., sndky.org.

Stricker’s Grove — This family-owned, private amusement park is open for special occasions, including the Fourth of July, featuring roller coasters, Ferris wheels, trains and more plus fireworks at 10 p.m. 2-11 p.m. July 4. $5 parking; tickets for rides. Stricker’s Grove, 11490 Hamilton-Cleves Road, Hamilton, strickersgrove.com.

Fifth of July Fireworks — A family-friendly bash in the park with fireworks over Music Hall. 3-11 p.m. July 5. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org.

Welcome Home: A Salute to Service — A celebration and appreciation festival for veterans and the service community with family-friendly activities, live music, parade and fireworks. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. July 5. Free. Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown, cincinnatiparks.com.



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