All the Ways to Celebrate the Fourth of July in Cincinnati

Fireworks! Parades! Live Music!

click to enlarge Northside Fourth of July Parade - PHOTO: HAILEY BOLLINGER
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Northside Fourth of July Parade


WEDNESDAY 03

Red, Rhythm and Boom — Join the cool kids in celebrating Independence Day as Echosmith takes the stage, followed by Grammy-nominated headliner Daughtry. Because there’s nothing more patriotic than American Idol. The night opens with a FASTRAX Skydiving exhibit and closes with a fireworks display courtesy of Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks. Food, drinks, bouncy houses and carnival games will also be available throughout the event. 4-10 p.m. July 3. Free. Mason Municipal Campus, 6000 S. Montgomery Road, Mason, imaginemason.org

Green Township Independence Day Concert and Fireworks — Spend some time on the West Side celebrating with an evening full of fun, food and fireworks. Community organizations will be selling beer, burgers, funnel cakes and more, and the money raised will go back into the community. The Midwestern and Saffire Express will perform live music followed by a fireworks display. 6:30 p.m. July 3. Free. Kuliga Park, 6717 Bridgetown Road, Mack, greentwp.org

Northside Rock N' Roll Carnival — Local food and drink vendors including MadTree and Urban Artifact will take over Hoffner Park as roughly two dozen Rock bands converge for two nights of free music. Bands include Freekbass, Go Go Buffalo, Tracy Walker and more. 4 p.m.-1 a.m. July 3; 11 a.m.- midnight July 4. Free. Jacob Hoffner Park, 4101 Hamilton Ave., Northside, northsiderocks.com

 THURSDAY 04

Red, White and Blue Ash — What do cool dads who grew up in the '70s and edgy teenage girls who religiously watch Supernatural have in common? A love for the Classic Rock band Kansas, who will be headlining this annual event. Food, drinks, games and other activities will be available when the event kicks off at 4 p.m., and opening act Natalie Brady & the Nite Owls will perform at 5:30 p.m. before Kansas comes on at 8:30 p.m. Stick around for Arthur Rozzi Pyrotechnics’ big fireworks display at the end of the night, which will be simulcast on WARM 98.5. 4-10:35 p.m. July 4. Free. Summit Park, 4335 Glendale-Milford Road, Blue Ash, blueashevents.com.

Northside Fourth of July Parade  The most colorful parade in Cincinnati kicks off at noon on Thursday. The annual Northside Fourth of July Parade — happening every year since 1970 — is an all-out celebration of independence, community, small business and individuality. Expect to see creative handmade floats from vintage stores, bars and community organizations; local marching bands; drill teams; every politician you’ve ever heard of; ladies dancing with lawn chairs; guys dancing with power tools; and other unexpected and delightful displays of pride and spirit. The parade culminates with the second day of the Northside Rock N’ Roll Carnival in Hoffner Park (4101 Hamilton Ave., Northside). Noon-2 p.m. Thursday. Free. Hamilton Avenue, Northside, northsidejuly4.com. 

Red, White and BOOM — Enjoy an evening listening to all those patriotic classics you’ve known since you were young as seasoned conductor John Morris Russell and the Cincinnati Pops give what’s likely to be an inspiring rendition. The concert will conclude with a fireworks display by Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks. Concert tickets also come with free admission to Coney Island on the Fourth, excluding Sunlite Pool. 8 p.m. July 4. Tickets starting at $15 for adults, $5 for veterans. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California, riverbend.org. 

Ault Park Independence Day Fireworks — Although the main firework event isn’t until 10 p.m., the festivities start long before the sun goes down. The morning  program begins at 11 a.m. with a children’s parade and contest. Later in the evening, GenX will take to the stage with a setlist full of crowd pleasers that everybody can sing along to. Concessions include ‘merican selections like hot dogs, barbecue and lemonade. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. July 4. Free. Ault Park Pavilion, 5090 Observatory Circle, Mt. Lookout, aultparkac.org. 

Stricker's Grove — Flashback to the yesteryears of family reunions and elementary school events as you take a ride on the train you used to drag your parents onto or buckle into the classic Tornado rollercoaster you were once too scared to try. Although this family-owned amusement park is closed to the public most days of the year, it opens its nostalgic grounds on the Fourth of July. If the oppressive summer sun gets to be too much, cool off in the arcade or beneath the picnic shelters because you won’t want to leave before the nighttime fireworks. Concessions will be open for food and drink purchases. 3-11 p.m. July 4. Free admission; individual ride ticket prices vary; $16 unlimited ride armband. Stricker’s Grove, 11490 Hamilton Cleves Road, Ross, strickersgrove.com. 

Fourth of July Celebration at Washington Park — Head to Washington Park for an evening of family-friendly fun featuring food trucks, beer, live music and fireworks. 6-10 p.m. July 4. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org.

Red, White and Glam! at the Birdcage — The Birdcage will be hosting a free cookout with hot dogs and sides, plus Absolut Juice Strawberry Lemonade. 4-7 p.m.  July 4. Free admission. The Birdcage, 927 Race St., Downtown, facebook.com/BirdcageCincy.


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