For many Fort Thomas residents, attending the Independence Day Celebration & Antique Car Show is an important part of their annual 4th of July festivities. The Fort Thomas Recreation Department seems to outdo themselves every year, and this year is certainly no exception.
Independence Day in Fort Thomas is an all-day celebration, which kicks off with the Firecracker 5K. The race begins at the Mess Hall with two start times: 7:40am for the Free Kids Fun Run (one mile run for ages 12 and under), and 8:15am for the Adults Race. You can find out more information about the race and register here. The Tennis Tournament will also begin bright and early at 8:00am at the Tower Park's tennis courts.
This year's parade route will once again have local participants traveling from Highlands High School to Tower Park. The parade begins at 10:30am, but you'll definitely want to arrive to the parade route early if you want to secure a good spot (pro tip: remember that a good spot of the parade route means more candy!). Fort Thomas Matters recently informed you that Chuck and Mary Lou Keller will serve as this year's Grand Marshals, so be sure to wave as they pass by during the parade.
After the parade, you have plenty of time to grill up those hamburgers and hot dogs before heading up to Tower Park to enjoy the rest of the day. This year's event will feature three bands throughout the day, games, rides, and food. The headlining act is Blessid Union of Souls, who you might know best from their string of radio hits including “Hey Leonardo,” “I Believe,” “Light in Your Eyes,” “I Wanna Be There,” and “Let Me Be the One.” The celebration culminates in a firework show, which you definitely won't want to miss.
Here's a schedule of events for the Independence Day Celebration & Antique Car Show:
3:00pm: Michael Bradford Memorial Cornhole Tournament (register here)
3:00-11:00pm: Games, Rides, Food & Beverages
4:00-7:00pm: Antique Car Show
4:00pm: Soul Pushers
8:00-10:00pm: Blessid Union of Souls
For more information about the event, check out the City of Fort Thomas website or give them a call at 859-781-1700.