MIAMI COUNTY — When it comes to celebrating America’s birthday, there’s no shortage of local options.
In some places, the celebrations began as early as Friday and there will be plenty to do every day between now and July 4. If you play your cards right, you can catch nearly a half-dozen fireworks displays in just the next few days.
It’s not just limited to fireworks, however. There are plenty of festivals, parades and parties to visit throughout the area.
Here’s a look at what’s scheduled throughout the region:
The City of Piqua will offer a full day of family-friendly fun on July 4 in Fountain Park, beginning at 10 a.m. with a bicycle parade. Come with your bike already decked out in holiday style or decorate your bike upon arrival with decorations that will be provided. Prizes will be awarded.
Other events in Piqua’s Fourth of July celebration will include:
• Fountain Park:
11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.: Madcap Puppets, out of Cincinnati, will performing inside the dining hall.
2 p.m. on Hance Pavilion Stage: Piqua Civic Band
In addition, there will be putt-putt golf, face-painting, caricature portraits, a photo booth, balloon sculpturing, a dunk tank, and more. Enjoy science experiments with the COSI-Science Exhibition, and face your fears with two new additions to his year’s celebration — a high ropes course and a 32-foot rock wall.
The Piqua Fire Department and Careflight will give various demonstrations in the afternoon, and non-profit organizations will sell food and drinks, and provide some kids’ activities.
• Lock 9 Park:
Starting at 6 p.m., American flags and other goodies will be distributed to the children throughout the evening.
On stage, Columbus musician Mike Perkins will open the night with original songs and some covers, followed by the headliner, Paradise Island Band playing tunes from all decades. In addition, you can enjoy the eats offered by food trucks including TK’s BBQ-n-Fixins, Tin Roof Mobile Food, TJ’s Nice Cream Truck and Gourmet Hot Dogs, Kona Ice and Susie’s Big Dipper.
The celebration will culminate in a fireworks spectacular at 10 p.m. over the Great Miami River. Viewing sites will be on the bike path bridge, Main Street bridge and along the bike path south of the bike path bridge. Fireworks are provided by Pyrotecnico, a family-owned fireworks business, and will be shot off from the land of the local Piqua Materials.
Local veterans organizations will host a July Fourth Parade at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 4 from Staunton, Market and Main streets. The line forms in the parking lot at Hobart Arena. This parade will go on rain or shine.
Parade-goers are encouraged to wear their red, white, and blue, and wave flags along the parade route to thank and honor area veterans.
The annual fireworks display will be held on July 4 starting at approximately 10 p.m. Great seating is available along the Great Miami River corridor.
North Market Street will be closed from Water Street to Staunton Road from 9 p.m. until the fireworks are over and the crowd has dispersed (approximately 10:45 p.m.). The bike path will be closed east from the Senior Citizens Center and at Rutherford Drive starting at noon on July 4 until the fireworks are over.
In addition to the Market Street Bridge, excellent locations for viewing the fireworks will be the levee (top and both sides) and the seating area at the N. Market Street ballfield.
Independence Day will be celebrated over the course of four days, with activities that kicked off yesterday and continue through Tuesday, July 4.
A fireworks display will be presented by Garden State Fireworks, and The Santore Bros. Funtime Carnival, out of Cincinnati, will provide amusement rides, games and food, along with local organizations.
Continued festival hours will be from 3-10 p.m. Saturday, July 1 and Sunday, July 2; from 6-10 p.m. Monday, July 3; and from noon to 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 4. Fireworks will take place on July 4, at 10 p.m., weather permitting.
The annual West Milton Hometown Independence Day Parade will start at 11 a.m. July 4, on State Route 48 south of town, ending north of town at State 571.
The traditional Lions Club barbecue chicken dinner will be held at the Lions Shelter in the park on July 4, from 11 a.m. until sold out. The cost is $7 for the dinner and $6.50 for chicken only.
The Lions Club also will host bingo in the Lion shelters from 6-9 p.m. Saturday through Monday (July 1-3) and from 3-10 p.m. Tuesday (July 4).
Pre-sale tickets are available at Clark’s Pizzeria, Owl Drugs, and Wertz Variety. The price of pre-sale tickets is $6 for a sheet of five (one ticket per ride), with pre-sale ending at 5 p.m. June 30. Tickets at the park will be $2.50 each or 10 for $23. Armbands are available for $20 per day Friday through Monday. The armband will allow unlimited rides on the day it is purchased.
Tipp City’s fireworks take place at City Park at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4.
Christiansburg will host their annual Independence Day Celebration Sunday, July 2, commencing with Church services under the shelter house in the community park. Afterwards, all can enjoy watching a parade through town as well as a co-ed softball tournament. DJ Johnny Fannin will be spinning classic records in the park and childrens’ games can be played in the afternoon there too. There will be plenty of food for all. At noon Chuck Lyons will be serving chicken or pork chop dinners, the Masonic Lodge will have pies and homemade ice cream, the CWC will have brats and lemon shake-ups, and the concession stand will have their fare as well as shredded chicken and BBQ. The Fire Department will hold their annual Water Ball Tournament on First Street at 1p.m. At 6 p.m., there will be a pie auction under the shelter house followed by music provided by “Good Vibrations” until the spectacular fireworks presentation at dusk.
The Greenville fireworks will take place at dusk tonight, July 1 at the Darke County Fairgrounds.
The Huber Heights fireworks display will take place at 10 p.m. tonight, July 1, at Cloud Park. Visit Carriage Hill Farm from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 2, for a community celebration of our country’s independence. Enjoy period games and contests and step back in time to celebrate the holiday. The event is free.
Take advantage of a special Family Value wristband good for all day, unlimited family fun at Young’s Jersey Dairy during regular hours from June 28 through July 4. Play Udders & Putters miniature golf, batting cages, driving range, Moovers & Shakers, Cowvin’s Corny Slide, and Cowvin’s Kiddie Corral. Each wristband is good for all day fun on the date purchased. Cost is $14 (ages 12 & over) $8 (ages 11 & under).
Celebrate with live music, food, beverages and kid’s activities from 5-10 p.m. Monday, July 3 at RiverScape in downtown Dayton. Then, at 10 p.m., watch as RiverScape MetroPark comes alive and the City of Dayton lights up the night sky with a spectacular visual display over the Great Miami River.
On Tuesday, July 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Boonshoft Museum will host an Independence Day celebration for the entire family. Red, White, and Boonshoft! festivities will take place indoors and outdoors (the show goes on rain or shine), and the day will feature fantastic fun mixed with science.
The day’s activities will include special events both indoors and out at the Museum. Red, White, and Boonshoft! will highlight:
• A view of Patriotic Skies, the most spectacular indoor fireworks show in the city, under the dome, at a special planetarium extravaganza
• Animal encounters with the Boonshoft’s Discovery Zoo ambassadors in Keeper Talk, Tidal Pool, and Otter Talk
• Rocket Stations – Visitors will experiment with various forms of propulsion, designed to launch rockets Indoor(seltzer, straw,) and Outdoor (Stomp Rockets)
• Cool Science – See the chilly side of summer science with this “cool” experiment featuring liquid nitro ice cream!
• Red, White, and Baby – Intended for younger visitors, this colorful sensory area will be full of things to do, touch, and move, like red, white, and blue-colored rice
• Red, White, and Boom – Learn the science behind this Fourth of July tradition, as we explore the colorful and explosive chemistry of fireworks
• View artifacts from the Museum’s Anthropology Collection with strolling interns with artifacts related to American history
• Visit Ben Franklin’s Laboratory to experiment with electricity, inventions, and other curiosities enjoyed by “Poor Richard” himself
The star-spangled celebration will spotlight a special appearance by Uncle Sam, with science demonstrations, planetarium shows, star-gazing, and games. There’ll also be face-painting, star-spangling (with nail polish in water and oil) and lots more Fourth of July fun. The Discovery Zoo will be busy too, offering guests opportunities to make friends with our popular ambassador animals.