Fourth of July events to celebrate independence

Fireworks displays offered throughout area

By Sam Wildow - Associate Editor, Miami Valley Today

MIAMI VALLEY — Community members have an array of choices when it comes to this year’s Fourth of July events. From carnival-type events, parades and more, family friendly fun is just a short drive way. Many of the holiday celebrations also will end with fireworks displays at dusk.

• Miami County


Piqua’s annual 4th Fest will be held from noon to 9:30 p.m. on the Fourth of July. The festival will include live music, food, vendors, activities for the whole family, and more in downtown Piqua. Fireworks will be held at approximately 10 p.m. on the riverfront.

The Piqua 4th Fest 5K Run/Walk will be held on July 4 at 9 a.m. The starting location will be on Main Street in downtown Piqua next to the city parking lot where the bike path crosses South Main Street. Registration and packet pick-up begins at 7:30 a.m.

The Piqua 4th Fest 5K Run/Walk will benefit adoption through Show Hope. Register online at

Free activities during the Piqua 4th Fest include GaGa pits, human Foosball, giant board games, a ninja obstacle course, a trackless train, and more. Food trucks in Nutz 4 U, Kona Ice of Troy, Susie’s Big Dipper, the Tin Roof Mobile Food, and more. Kids can cool off at a pop-up splash pad with the Piqua Fire Department at 2 p.m.

Other vendors include Mainstreet Piqua, Piqua United Pentecostal Church, Alice’s This and That, Premier Health, F45, U.S. Army, Gonzo Radio, Glow Sharks, Boy Scout Pack 295, Cub Scout Pack 295, and more.

The Piqua 4th Fest will have magic shows at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m. Other entertainment includes Noah Back at 1 p.m., the Dayton Salsa Project at 3:30 p.m., Duece’n A Quarter at 5:30 p.m., and Summer Highway at 8 p.m.

The Piqua Civic Band will be performing on Thursday, July 4, at 2 p.m. in the Fort Piqua Plaza Hotel Ballroom as part of the Piqua 4th Fest. This performance will be filled with patriotic music, plenty of favorite Sousa marches, and other songs by great American composers. Selections will include Yankee Doodle, America the Beautiful, Variations on a Shaker Hymn by Aaron Copland, God Bless America, an Armed Forces Salute, and more.

Continuing a tradition begun last season, the Piqua Civic Band will be honoring a local World War II veteran at this year’s concert. Their honoree this year will be Emerson Shear. Shear enlisted in the U.S. Army, attended the Army Cadet Training Course at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, transferred the U.S. Army Air Corps for pilot training and later transferred to the Army Signal Corps before going overseas. He fought in the European Battle of the Bulge while in the 87th “Golden Acorn” Infantry Division as a radio operator and machine gunner on an M8 Greyhound Reconnaissance Light Armored Car. He was wounded by a land mine while on patrol and spent time in hospitals in France and England before going to Springfield, Missouri to recover. Shear was awarded the Purple Heart for his injury during wartime.

For easy access to the concert, audience members are invited to use the side entrance to the ballroom elevator located between Thoma’s Jewelers and the former restaurant location. The venue is handicapped accessible and air-conditioned.

Admission to the concert is free, and all are invited to attend. For more information, please visit the Piqua Civic Band’s web site at or follow “The Piqua Civic Band” on Facebook.


Troy will celebrate Independence Day by with a parade beginning at 9 a.m., hosted by the Miami Valley Veterans Museum.

The parade will honor Purple Heart veterans on the Miami Valley Veterans Museum float along with other veterans and officials riding in classic cars and convertibles.

The parade will start at the corner of North Market Street and Staunton Road and travel south over the bridge to the Public Square, then turn west to West Main Street and travel west to Monroe Street. The parade will end on Monroe Street.

The Troy American Legion Color Guard will lead the parade.

This year’s grand marshal is Miami County resident Willis Boitnott, a World War II Army veteran who will be riding in a restored World War II Jeep. This year, The Troy Christian High School Band also will be performing for the second time in the parade.

Music will be provided by Troy Christian High School. Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Uncle Sam, Wendy, and the Little Caesar mascot will be in attendance for children. Classic cars, fire trucks, kids on bikes, clowns and various other units also will be part of the event.

The Troy Rotary Club and Troy Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding a Fourth of July concert at Treasure Island with the Epic Eagles Tribute Band and Canada’s Definitive Eagles Tribute Band starting at 7:30 p.m.

Troy’s fireworks will be held at approximately 10 p.m. along the levee area.

Tipp City

The Tipp City Fourth of July fireworks display will be held at Kyle Park at 10 p.m. The rain date is Friday, July 5.

Annual West Milton July 4th Celebration Festival

The FunTime Carnival will be open from 6-11 p.m. on July 2-4 at the West Milton Community Park. The carnival will also open at noon on July 4 and close at 10 p.m. that day.

The West Milton July 4th Celebration Festival runs all day on July 4, beginning at 11 a.m. with a parade and ending with fireworks at 10 p.m.

Annie the Highway Cow will be at the West Milton July 4th Celebration Festival on July 4 from 3:30-7:30 p.m. Attendees can get a photo with Annie the Highway Cow and can even bring treats for Annie. Attendees can also pick up some Annie merchandise while they’re at the festival. Annie’s American Pride T-shirts are available at

The RocketDogs and Kyleight Ryan will also perform at the West Milton July 4th Celebration Festival on July 4 from 6-9 p.m. Performance times are subject to change.

• Outside of the county

City of Dayton

The city of Dayton will offer the Lights in Flight Festival on from 5-10 p.m. Wednesday, July 3 at RiverScape MetroPark.

Come celebrate Independence Day with a multi-cultural festival. Food, fun and live entertainment for the whole family, includng a kids’ zone.

Entertainment is as follows:

6-7 p.m. — Dayton Jazz Collection featuring Kelli Campbell

7:30-8:30 p.m. — Brass Tracks Band

9-10 p.m. — D-Funk Band

Fireworks start at 10 p.m.

Christiansburg’s annual celebration

CHRISTIANSBURG — The village of Christiansburg will celebrate the Fourth of July holiday beginning with a church service at 9 a.m. in the park at the corner of Wilson and Second streets, followed by a softball tournament.

At 11 a.m., a parade will be held, with Chuck Lyons’ pork chop and chicken dinners to follow beginning at noon. Other food concessions will include Kona Ice, kettle corn, CWC Brats, corn on the cob, and lemon shake-ups.

DJ Johnnie Fannin will offer music during the celebration and a water ball tournament will be held at 1 p.m. on First Street.

A pie auction will then be held at 6 p.m., followed by the music of Good Vibrations at 7 p.m.

Fireworks will begin at dusk for families to enjoy.


Sidney’s fireworks will be held at approximately 10 p.m. near the middle school.

Freedom Days in Celina

The 2019 Freedom Days Picnic at Lakeshore Park in Celina will be held July 5-7 with live music, food, mechanical rides, and more.

On Friday, July 5, the food and beer tents open at 4 p.m. Mechanical rides will be open from 4-10 p.m. Performances include 2 Dudes Acoustic from 4-5 p.m. and again from 8-9 p.m., the Band Cheyenne from 5-8 p.m., and Wendell Mobley with special guest Ashley Clark and backup band Exploit from 9 p.m. to midnight.

On Saturday, July 6, the fishing derby will begin at 9 a.m. along with the Kim Gause Memorial Volleyball Tournament. The food and beer tents will open at 11 a.m. Inflatable and mechanical rides will be open from noon to 10 p.m. Other activities on Saturday include a poker run, a Cornhole tournament, pontoon rides, pony rides, and more live music. A veterans salute will be held between 8-9 p.m. and a grand fireworks display is scheduled for 10 p.m.

On Sunday, July 7, a non-denomination church service will be held at 10 a.m. The food and beer tents will open at 11 a.m. Inflatable and mechanical rides will be open from 1-5 p.m. There will also be pony rides, trolley rides, and live music.

For more information, visit or visit their Facebook page.


Englewood’s annual Independence Day celebration is scheduled for Thursday, July 4, at Centennial Park. Fireworks will begin at 10 p.m.

Liberty Days Festival in Fort Loramie

The Fort Loramie Liberty Days Festival will be held between July 5-7 full of family fun with rides, games, and food suited for all ages. Live music will be held each evening.

The festival will be held at Fort Loramie Youth Park, 14708 Ventura Blvd. in Fort Loramie.

On Friday, July 5, the park will open at 5 p.m. with carnival rides. The All Sports Challenge registration will began at 5:30 p.m. with the event being held at 6 p.m. The Miss Independent Contest will be at 6:30 p.m. with Turtle Races between 7:30-11 p.m. Music by Saw Creek will be between 8 p.m. and midnight. Fireworks are scheduled for approximately 10 p.m.

On Saturday, July 6, the park opens at 11 a.m. with carnival rides. The Little Miss Independence Contest will be held at noon. Activities on Saturday include Junior Trivia, Fort Loramie FFA corn pit, bingo, balloon-twisting, face-painting, National Kiddie Tractor Pull, Turtle Races, and more. Tricky Dick and the Cover-Ups will perform from 8 p.m. to midnight.

On Sunday, July 7, the park opens at 11 a.m. with carnival rides. Activities include a co-ed volleyball tournament, a Kids Lip Sync Challenge, sack races, hula hoop, three-legged race, water balloon toss, bingo, dodge-ball, money hunt, a raffle, cutest baby contest, and more. Music on Sunday will be by DJ Scott Wendeln. The event will close at 8:30 p.m.

For a complete schedule of events, visit the Fort Loramie Liberty Days Festival on Facebook.


The city of Vandalia Star-Spangled Celebration will be held on Wednesday, July 3, from 7-10 p.m. Join the community at the Vandalia Sports Complex, 1111 Stonequarry Road in Vandalia, on July 3 for family fun activities, food, and live entertainment. Fireworks will begin at 10 p.m.

Fireworks displays offered throughout area

By Sam Wildow

Associate Editor, Miami Valley Today

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