PIQUA — Last year, the Piqua Fourth of July Association organized their last Fourth of July celebration before relinquishing the reins to the city of Piqua. Now a month away from this year’s Fourth of July, the city is looking not only to continue that celebration, but also to see it grow.
“There will be all kinds of family entertainment, activities for kids and grownups, musical entertainment, along with food and so forth,” Piqua City Manager Gary Huff said. “It should be a fun time.”
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Piqua Fourth of July celebration will offer family fun at Fountain Park. Activities will include Madcap Puppets, putt-putt golf, a COSI science exhibition, a bike parade, a Kennel Club demo, caricatures, a photo booth, balloon sculpturing, a kids’ train ride, a zip line, a helicopter demonstration, face-painting, a dunk tank, pie-in-the-face, other kid’s games, patriotic hats and flags for kids, and more.
“CareFlight will be flying in and letting people see the helicopter and how it works,” Huff said. “We’ll be giving away patriotic flags and hats to the kids … We’ll have musical entertainment going on in the Hance Pavilion.”
At Hance Pavilion during the day, entertainment will feature the Mountain Dulcimer Society of Dayton, Rum River Blend, and the Piqua Civic Band.
Proceeds from various food and drink booths will benefit local non-profits and churches. Many non-profits and churches in the past relied on the event to help them raise money for their organizations and the city wanted to continue that tradition by continuing to hold a festival at Fountain Park, Huff said.
Huff added that Fountain Park is also a good location for daytime activities due to the amount of shade it provides.
In the evening between 6-10 p.m., the celebration will move toward downtown Piqua, where there will activities, food, and entertainment at Lock 9 Riverfront Park. Tim Wirth of WPTW Radio will be the master of ceremonies for the evening entertainment, which includes opening act The Hired Guns and headliner The Coasters performing in the downtown. The Hired Guns will begin at 6 p.m. The Coasters are expected to perform around 8:30 p.m.
There will also be food trucks from Susie’s Big Dipper and Tin Roof Mobile Food during the evening celebrations downtown. The city will also be giving away glow bracelets for the children during the evening. Fireworks over the riverfront will begin at dusk, which will be approximately at 9:40 p.m.
“There will be a lot of good visibility for what we hope will be a tremendous fireworks display,” Huff said.
Huff said that attendees will be able to sit along the riverfront, at Lock 9 Park, and even on the bike path bridge that goes over the river to watch the fireworks.
With this new attraction of fireworks along the riverfront, the city hopes that both visitors and residents “will come down and enjoy the entertainment and the fireworks,” Huff said.
The city is expecting a large crowd for the riverfront fireworks display, and Huff is reassuring residents and visitors that there is plenty of downtown parking for the event. The downtown has over 1,500 parking spaces, Huff said, noting that parking should be convenient, with a short walk to the riverfront at Lock 9 Park.
“We certainly would invite people to come to the downtown area and visit the restaurants and stores,” Huff said, adding that the city hopes people “enjoy just being in Piqua for the day.”
Huff also thanked the sponsors of the Piqua Fourth of July Celebration, which include Mainstreet Piqua, the Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce, Piqua Arts Council, the Piqua Daily Call, WPTW Radio, Miami County Visitors Bureau, and the Miami Valley Centre Mall.
“We appreciate all our sponsors very, very much,” Huff said. “The whole event is presented by the city of Piqua to our citizens.”
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