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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Fort Thomas Fourth of July Parade (2016)

Originally published on June 6, 2016. 

The corner of Highland and Fort Thomas Avenues. FTM file (2015). 
By David Ketcham 

The YMCA is holding, yet another, Fourth of July parade and celebration to take over the city of Fort Thomas. Residents, business owners, and everything in between are ready for the rumble.

This year, the event will take place on Saturday, July 2.

(Update - 6-28-16). The city is still looking for 16 volunteers to work two-hour shifts to sell beer tickets on Saturday between 2-10 pm.  Please contact Brian Sand at

Come 8 a.m. road closures will come into play for the progression of the parade and all other events. Walking to desired destinations will be ideal for the convenience for the townsfolk and the parade.

The parade starts at Highlands High School, across from Highland United Methodist Church and ends at the water tower, at the entrance of Tower Park.

Lt. Casey Kilgore of the Fort Thomas Police Department is this year's Grand Marshal. (story here)
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RELATED: 2015 Fourth of July Parade in Pictures


The kids race will begin at 7:40, and the Firecracker 5k will begin at 8:15.

To Register for the Firecracker 5k, follow these 3 simple steps:
1. Log onto 
2. Choose the "Registration Events" tab
3. Choose "Campbell County YMCA Firecracker 5K," click on the green "Continue Registration Process" buttons on each page, then pay the discounted registration fee.

The parade will then take place at 10:30 a.m.

Car Show, Food Booths, and Rides at 2:30 p.m.

This year's celebration will celebrate talent as well for even more entertainment.

Hayden Kaye will sing at 2:30
Hurricane will sing at 4:15
Lee Roessler Band will sing at 6:15
The Brent James Band will sing at 8:00

RELATED: EVERYTHING You Need to Know About The Fourth at the Fort (2015)

The American Cornhole Organization’s Michael Bradford Memorial Tournament will be at 3 p.m. The tournament will be inside Fort Thomas Armory Gym in Tower Park if there is rain.

The Olde Fort Pub will again host their hot dog eating contest at 5:00 p.m.

Then comes, the moment we will all be waiting for. Fireworks by Rozzi will begin at 10:00 p.m. in Tower Park.

The day overall is a fun, fast pace, enjoyable day with great companies that are also dedicating their times into assuring a successful day.
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"We are excited for the parade. We love how much the city of Fort Thomas rallies together in a business, school and community sense," says Erika Kraus, owner of The Midway Café. The Midway opened nearly year ago, the same weekend the parade took place.

"We rushed our opening because we knew the fourth was a big celebration in Fort Tomas and we wanted to 'introduce' ourselves to the community," Kraus added.

A few buildings down from the Midway is home to Fort Thomas Pizza and Tavern. "It has always generated greater customer traffic and is certainly a benefit to the community as a whole," says Patrick Casey, who is coming up on his now 7th parade while being part of Fort Thomas Pizza.

Being a part of the community and having experience with the parades, Patrick has many several observations each year and adds, "it should also be noted that even inclement weather has failed to stifle the enthusiasm of people involved."

The Fourth of July celebration truly is an important amplification of how well bonded the community of Fort Thomas is, and we wish everyone a safe, happy, and firework full Fourth of July.


  1. Unless my calendar is incorrect, July 4 is on Monday July 4. Why is ft Thomas having their July 4 celebration on July 2

  2. Monday a lot of ppl work. And 10pm fireworks on a wirk night is not the best idea. A weekend celebration is for more participation and community involvement

  3. I get having the fireworks and the events at the fort on Saturday. But, having the parade on Saturday is ridiculous. It should be on the 4th.

  4. "Monday a lot of ppl work..."

    ... But not if Monday is a federal holiday.
    In fact, a lot of people work on Saturdays, particularly when it's not a holiday. July 2 is not a holiday.

  5. Most prople are off to celebrate the Fourth of July. My place of employment is off on the fourth but open on the second.