There are plenty of opportunities to celebrate Independence Day in Cincinnati. It’s a great day to spend with family and friends. Fourth of July picnics, backyard games, and fireworks have all become part of our collective celebrations. Here’s our 2015 listing of July 4th events and fireworks in Greater Cincinnati (double check with venue before heading out in case of inclement weather changes). For even more fun things to do in July, check out our July events post (coming soon). Most events are FREE to attend!
Ault Park Fireworks – Saturday, July 4. Children’s parade at 11 a.m. at Ault Park. At night return for music, food, fun and fireworks from 6-10:30p.m.
Red, White & Blanchester – July 3 (6-10 p.m,) & July 4 (10 a.m. – 9 p.m.) – Downtown Blanchester. “This year’s parade theme will be honoring the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans.Come join us for this huge celebration! This festival takes place in downtown Blanchester, OH. State Route 28 will be shut down from Wall Street to the Municipal Building! Vendors bring your pop up tents and be prepared for a huge crowd! Fun for the entire family!” (from Blanchester Area Chamber of Commerce).
Red, White & Blue Ash – Saturday, July 4 at Summit Park. Blue Ash hosts an amazing celebration. Gates open at 4 p.m. There will be live entertainment including DV8 (5:30 p.m.) and The Doobie Brothers (8:15 p.m.). Fireworks at 10 p.m. This is one of the biggest celebrations in Greater Cincinnati.
4th of July Jam – Washington Park – Sat., July 4, 3- 10 p.m. – Includes live music and fireworks.
4th of July 5K Race – Pray, Hope & Believe Foundation – benefits The Cure Starts Now – Saturday, July 4, 7:30 a.m. registration and 8:30 a.m. race.
LaRosa’s Balloon Glow – Friday, July 3, 5-11 p.m.. This is a FREE event but parking is $8 until 2 p.m. and $10 after 2 p.m. Event will have live music and Coney Island rides and pool will be open (fee applies to those attractions). Balloon glow is at 8 p.m. and fireworks are at 10 p.m.
Covington Neighborhoods’ Bicentennial Independence Day Parade – Sat., July 4 – 10:30 a.m., St. Augustine.
City of Edgewood’s 4th of July Extravaganza – Sat., July 4 – Start off with a 5K race at President’s Park (7:30 a.m.). Parade begins at 9:30 a.m. (click here for more info on parade route). There will be volleyball tournaments at Freedom Park then a concert at the park at 7 p.m. Fireworks at the end of the night (in case of inclement weather, fireworks will move to July 5).
Red, White & Kaboom – Friday, July 3 – There are 3 “official viewing areas” in Fairfield (Harbin Park, Village Green Park and the Fairfield Aquatic Center).
July 4th Celebration – Saturday, July 4, 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. Parade and celebration. Check back with City of Hamilton for more information.
Stricker’s Grove 4th of July Celebration – Saturday, July 4, FREE admission to the park (rides additional fee, $14 for all day ride band or you can buy individual ride tickets). Park opens 2-11 p.m. and rides are 3-11 p.m. Fireworks at 10 p.m. Parking is $5/car. Cash only accepted.
Kings Island is offering FREE entrance to the park July 3 – 5 for all military personnel, both active and retired all weekend long! Bring your Military ID with you to get in FREE and to purchase discount tickets for your family. Check out the Kings Island Website for more details. Also offering fireworks on July 3 and July 4 (ten ties as big as their normal fireworks).
Independence Day Parade – Friday, July 3, downtown Lebanon. Parade at 4 p.m.
Independence Day Celebration – Friday, July 3, 6-10:30 p.m. at Colonial Park West (across from Warren County Fairgrounds)
Firecracker Festival – Saturday, July 4, 3-11 p.m. A street festival, kids zone, live music and entertainment, vendors and booths, parade (7 p.m.) plus fireworks. Visit historic downtown Loveland for a great celebration.
Mason Bicentennial Celebration – My hometown, The City of Mason, is celebrating 200 years and they are celebrating on July 3 & 4th. Events take place in downtown Mason.
- Friday, July 3 – 7:30- 9:00 a.m. – Flag raising ceremony & breakfast honoring educators, 7-9 p.m. – “Dancing in the Streets” in downtown Mason and Fireman’s Festival & Car Show.
- Saturday, July 4 – 7:30- 9:00 a.m. – Flag raising ceremony, Noon- 4th of July Parade, 1-6 p.m. – Sidewalk fair, Fireman’s Festival, 6-9 p.m.- “Dancing in the Streets”, 8-10 p.m. – The Motown Sounds of Touch, 10 p.m. – Fireworks.
Broad Street Blast – Friday, July 3, 5-10 p.m. Head to Smith Park for a fun outdoor party with music, vendors, kids zone, fireworks. Parking and admission are free.
Freedom Fest – Friday, July 3, Community Park in Oxford, 6:30 -10:30 p.m.
Freedom Fest Pool Party – Saturday, July 4, Municipal Pool in Oxford, $1/admission, 11-7 p.m.
Fireworks Extravaganza – Hueston Woods State Park – Sunday, July 5 – Entertainment, fireworks and fun.
93rd Annual Sisters of Notre Dame 4th of July Festival – July 4, 2015, 1601 Dixie Highway Covington, KY 41011 We have many kids games and activities including pony rides, petting zoo, and balloon man. This is more of an old fashioned festival. Silent Auction, Sisters Market with handmade and homemade items, raffles, musical entertainment. Great food and drinks. Everything is priced reasonably for families! www.sndky.org
American Legion Ohio Post 69 4th of July Festival – July 3 & 5. Fireworks will be at 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 5.
Red White & Boom ~ July 4th at Riverbend, the Cincinnati Pops present a concert full of patriotic and American favorites and the evening ends with Rozzi’s fireworks. Show starts at 8pm. Visit the CSO website for tickets.
Independence Day Celebration – Saturday, July 4. Parade at Noon on Main Street. At dusk head to Bicentennial Park for fireworks.
If you know of any other 4th of July events, please leave a comment below so we can keep on sharing. Happy Independence Day!
When not blogging for Family Friendly Cincinnati, you can find Kristin writing on her personal blog, MasonMetu (from me to you).