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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Everything Fourth of July this Weekend

Fort Thomas Celebration. FTM file (2015). 
Fourth of July may be Monday but celebrations begin across Greater Cincinnati!  Happy First of July America!  Fort Thomas Matters contributor David Ketcham wrote at length about the Fort Thomas activities (which, reminder, occur on Saturday July 2 this year) and his story can be found here.  However, what about those of you who are busy on Saturday and miss all the great Fort Thomas Americana?  Or, what if you want to find an alternative to fireworks to celebrate Independence Day?  Fear not, below is a list of other celebrations happening in Northern Kentucky.

City of Independence Fourth of July Celebration
The festival runs Friday and Saturday nights and includes rides, music, food, and a car show.  Following the car show on Saturday there is a parade running from Summit View Middle School to Memorial Park, where the festival occurs.  For older kids, there is a Teen Zone which includes a zip line and for the much older kids (as in 21 and up) there is a beer and wine garden.  Entrance is free but activities cost extra.
For more information, visit

Red White and Boom, (Aurora, Indiana)
If you’re willing to drive a bit, the Aurora Indiana celebration looks to be one of a kind.  Activities include Seaplane rides for $40, free military boat rides and displays.  Additionally, they’ll have a lighted boat parade, car show, live music, and alcohol.  The festivities begin Friday July 1 from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m.-11 p.m. with fireworks after dark.  Admission is free but some activities cost extra.
For more information, visit

Balloon Glow (Coney Island)

The 17th annual Larosas Balloon Glow is set to occur on Sunday July 3.  The park is open all day but the magic happens at dusk when dozens of hot air balloons of every color glow for all attendees to see.  The glow culminates in a BOOM after dark when Rozzi’s fireworks are lit to celebrate the Fourth of July.  Entry to the park and parking both cost and depending on when you arrive, the cost varies. For more information, visit their website at

Balloon Glow, Coney Island
FC Cincinnati vs. Bethlehem Steel
Have you seen the hottest sports team in town yet?  If you haven’t yet been to an FC Cincinnati Soccer game, it is highly recommended.  The club plays Saturday July 3 at 6:00 pm (one hour earlier than most games start to accommodate families wanting to get home for fireworks displays) against Bethlehem Steel.  Games are played at Nippert Stadium and as a season ticket holder myself, I highly (HIGHLY) recommend you give this team your support and attendance.  Tickets are reasonably priced and can be purchased through the website at

FC Cincinnati

Fountain Square Celebration
July 3rd from 7:00 to 10:30 pm, come out and celebrate the Fourth of July at Fountain Square.  The whole city gathers to watch the fireworks after dark following Art on Vine during the day.  No fee for admission.

Newport Motorcycle Rally
For something a little bit different, stop over to the Newport Motorcycle Rally on the river side of the Newport on the Levee flood wall, which runs from July 1-4.  There will be live music, food and alcohol vendors and on Sunday July 3, there will be fireworks after dark.  And of course, there is nothing more American than the roar of a motorcycle engine!
For more information, visit their website at

Newport Motorcycle Rally

Fourth of July Jam in Washington Park (OTR)
On July 2, Washington Park in OTR will be jamming with live music from a number of local acts.  Additionally, the park will have plenty of activities throughout the day including carnival games, giant jenga, cornhole, and street performers.  There will be a fireworks display at 9:50 that evening.  Check out their website at

King’s Island Free Admission for Military Veterans (July 2-4)
King’s Island is giving free park admission to active and retired US Military persons from July 2 through July 4th by showing your military ID.  Additionally, a special fireworks display will occur on July2-4 to celebrate Independence Day.

Kings Island, Military Weekend
City of Edgewood Fourth of July Extravaganza
The City of Edgewood has a day of festivities very similar to what occurs in Fort Thomas except it all takes place actually on July 4th.  So, if you’re busy on July 2 or if you loved Fort Thomas’ celebration that much, head over to Edgewood on July 4th.  The day begins with a 5k race, a parade, and a free concert and fireworks display at Freedom Park.
For more information, visit the city’s website at

All that said, it would be foolhardy to attend any of these at the expense of the Fort Thomas celebration, the largest Fourth of July celebration in Campbell County.  So, have fun today, Sunday, and Monday but I’ll see everyone along the parade route tomorrow.  Happy Fourth of July!

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