Greater Cincinnati 4th of July Weekend Fun For Families 2013

WUTW RedWhiteBlueIt’s a long weekend…time to celebrate our INDEPENDENCE and celebrate SUMMER!  Hopefully our readers will be ableElla Sparkler to take some time off this weekend to enjoy all of the fun happenings around town.  There’s a little bit of everything going on during this long weekend…from 4th of July celebrations to crafts to festivals to Princess cruises and the list goes on.  I for one, cannot wait for the weekend fun to begin!  Even though the forecast is calling for rain, rain and more rain, in between the showers we should be able to get out and have some fun!  That being said, due to the weather forecast you might want to double check to make sure an event is going on if it is raining!

Wednesday ::

Fireworks at Great American Ball Park ~ 15 minutes after the end of the Reds vs. Giants game there will be a fireworks display.  Game starts at 7:10p.  If you aren’t going to the game you could always watch the fireworks from the lovely Smale Park or from Riverside Drive in Covington.

Florence Independence Day Celebration ~ 5-11pm on Weds (rain date Thursday at 7).  Patriotic Tributes, rides, food, classic cars, music and of course…FIREWORKS!  Fun for the whole family.  The City of Florence website has all the details.

Larosa’s Balloon Glow at Coney Island ~ a perfect way to kick off the holiday weekend, with hot air balloons glowing in the night & a Rozzi fireworks display.  For more information see the Coney Island website.

Fountain Square ~ After the Wednesday Reggae show at 10pm there will be a Rozzi Fireworks display.  So head down fo the music and stay for the fireworks show!  More details on the Fountain Square website.

Fairfield: Red, White & KABOOM ~ There will be music, food & fun activities at three different locations in Fairfield, and from all three spots you can watch the Rozzi fireworks at 10pm.  Check out their website for more details.

Thursday ::

Ault Park Independence Day Celebration ~ The festivities start at 11 am with a Children’s parade & contest and finish up with fireworks at 10pm.  You can also catch the Modulaters at 8pm and grab a bite to eat while you are there.

The City of Fort Mitchell will have their annual 4th of July Parade starting at 12:30pm at the Children’s Home on Orphanage Road and ending at Beechwood School.NotreDameFestival

Sisters of Notre Dame 4th of July Festival July 4th    1601 Dixie Highway, Park Hills, KY    Fun filled family event that features carnival games, fabulous silent auction, petting zoo & pony rides, great food and lively entertainment.  All proceeds benefit the SND Uganda Mission, locally Notre Dame Urban Education Center, and the SND Retirement Fund

OneMain Financial Red, White, and Blue Ash    July 4, 2013 | 4 PM – 10:35 PM    City of Blue Ash    Summit Park    Free    “FREE national entertainment, Family Fun Area, Food and Beverage Vendors.  The BIGGEST & BEST fireworks in the tri-state area simulcast to music from WARM 98 Note: Full schedule, rules & parking information are available at
5:30 PM    Midnight Special – Classic Rock Experience (Music from the 70’s)
8:15 PM     Foreigner – Hits include “Juke Box Hero” and “Feels Like the First Time”
10:00 PM    The Biggest and Best Fireworks by Rozzi’s
Plenty of Parking!!!  Free Shuttle Service available!!
Visit our website for more information:

St. Bernard 4th of July Family Festival and Rozzi Fireworks    July 4, 2013    St. Bernard Recreation Department    Ross Park    Free entry  – food, games and rides at family friendly prices    The St. Bernard 4th of July Family Festival and Rozzi Fireworks will be held on Thursday, July 4th from 5 pm – 10 pm at Ross Park.  Food, games, rides and the band “After Midnight” will be on tap for the event.  Please remember that coolers are not permitted in the park. Free parking available at St. Bernard Square located on Vine Street and Ross Avenue.

The City of Edgewood, KY is having their annual parade at 9:30 am and then later that evening you can enjoy a concert in the park followed by fireworks!  See the city of Edgewood’s website for all the details.

Red, White & Boom! with the Cincinnati Pops    July 4, 2013 | 8pm – 10pm    Cincinnati Pops    Riverbend    Tickets start at $15, kids 12 and under – free!    Celerate Independence Day with a patriotic spectacular, featuring the combined forces of the Cincinnati Pops, May festival Chorus and CSO Classical Roots Community Mass Choir. Hear your all-American favorites as well as a musical tribute to the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Stick around for post-concert fireworks! $5 dollar tickets for active military and veterans! Discount not avaliable online. Call 513.381.3300

Friday ::

SOG Summer: 3-D Cars    Friday, July 5 10am – 11:30am    Brazee Street Studios    426 Brazee Street, Cincinnati, OH 45209    $30, Ages 3+    Imagine the coolest car and create it in glass! Students will use safe glass components to decorate a one-of-a-kind 3-dimensional fused glass car.

Saturday ::

MIKE THE KNIGHT AND THE MISSION FOR HIDDEN TREASURE    July 6, 2013 | 11am & 2pm    HIT Entertainment    Florence Mall in Florence, KY     Free    Huzzah! On Saturday, July 6th Mike the Knight™ and his friends are galloping into Florence Mall in Florence, KY for special live performances of Mike the Knight and the Mission for Hidden Treasure.  The free 20-minute interactive musical adventure will also feature Mike’s dragon, Squirt, from the beloved television series on Nick Jr., and includes meet & greets, photo opportunities, giveaways, and a preview of the first Mike the Knight toys from Fisher-Price debuting in Spring 2013.  Performances will be held at 11AM and 2PM, with special kids’ activities.

SOG Summer: Woodland Creatures    Saturday, July 6 1:30pm – 3pm    Brazee Street Studios    426 Brazee Street, Cincinnati, OH 45209    $25, Ages 6+    Bring your young artist to design and create an adorable woodland creature using a variety of fused glass components. Your creature will have a copper wire that can be used as a stand, or to hang- whichever you choose! Feel free to bring ideas or drawings as inspiration.

Princess Cruise    July 6, 2013    BB Riverboats    101 Riverboat Row, Newport, KY    Adults 20/ Kids 16    We respectfully request that all Royal Princesses come aboard for an enchanting afternoon with your favorite fairy tale princesses aboard our Princess Cruise. On select Saturdays this summer, enjoy a unique cruise featuring a DJ, dancing and some of the memorable princesses that we all love. Bring your ”Little Princess” onboard and enjoy an afternoon that will truly be a “Royal” experience.

ManaTots at blue manatee    Saturdays  9:30am     blue manatee children’s bookstore and decafe    3054 Madison Road Cincinnati, OH 45209  Free, children up to age 4  Stories, songs and fun

Saturdays  June, July, August & Labor Day Weekend, 2013, 5:00pm – 9:00pm    Bonnybrook Farms    Bonnybrook Farms 3779 State Route 132, Clarksville, OH  45113    Adults $30.; Children 4-12 $17.; 3 & younger free    A Chuck Wagon Dinner Ride offers a FUN evening of GREAT food and camaraderie for families, friends and groups of all sizes. Enjoy the outdoors and some ‘Fun on the Farm’ activities. When the dinner bell rings, enjoy a barbecue meal of hickory smoked pulled pork and chicken and farm fresh, locally grown salads and sides.  After dinner, board the wagon for a ride to Todd Fork Creek. At the old chuck wagon, choose from fresh baked desserts then gather ’round the campfire to roast s’mores.

All Weekend Long ::

Kings Island is offering FREE admission to all military personnel, both active and retired Wednesday July 3 – Friday July 5.  They are also going to be having military themed events on those days.  See the Kings Island website fo more details.

Farmers Markets ~ There are a multitude of wonderful Farmers Markets around town that you can visit for fresh, local, delicious foods, flowers and more!  Check out this post for a list of markets in Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky.  Find one in your neighborhood, or visit a new neighborhood market!

Are you opting for a STAYcation instead of a vacation this summer?! There are so many fun things to do around town this summer…which will save you big bucks on gas! Our own wonderful region has so much to offer, here’s a few of our favorite places around town to enjoy on your “staycation”.

FREE MOVIES!!! Many neighborhood parks are offering FREE outdoor movies this summer! Check it out:

Don’t miss the Ultimate Dinosaurs at the Cincinnati Museum Center!  Read all about them in this post.  And don’t forget, Members can pay ONCE to see the dinos at a discounted rate, and then get in free over and over again for the duration of the exhibit!

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