Whether you’re entertaining kids or just looking for a fun way to celebrate Independence Day with friends, we can all agree that the same old fireworks display year after year can get monotonous. This year, try something new with one of our Top 5 patriotic events for your Fourth of July week.
Independence Day Cruise
If you’ve been itching to sail away on a much needed vacation but haven’t had the chance (just because school stops for kids doesn’t mean our nine-to-fives stop as well), BB Riverboats has you covered. Enjoy an All-American inspired picnic (featuring staples like barbecue, macaroni, and apple pie) while cruising to Coney Island. More than 30 hot and cold air balloons greet you upon arrival for the LaRosa’s Balloon Glow, and a night of live entertainment and events is topped off with an extravagant fireworks display.
Red, Rhythm, and Boom
Mason City Council’s free annual Red, Rhythm, and Boom event is so much more than just a fireworks display. Though the 10 p.m. fireworks are not to miss, the fun starts six hours earlier with carnival games and bounce houses for kids and a variety of food vendors for adults. This year, alternative pop band Echosmith takes the stage at 6 p.m followed by American rock band Daughtry at 8:30 p.m.
Red, White, and Kaboom Fireworks Over Fairfield
Looking for a change of scenery for this year’s fireworks? Fairfield’s Red, White, and Kaboom Fireworks Over Fairfield offers four different official viewing locations. Grab your favorite inflatable raft and lounge in the pool while enjoying the multicolored explosions above at the Fairfield Aquatic Center, or allow the display to complement a night of fishing at Marsh Lake. If you’re not quite the waterbug, opt for Harbin Park or Village Park for lawn chairs and food trucks galore.
Red, White, and Boom! with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
John Morris Russell will conduct the U.S. ARMY Six String Soldiers, the Cincinnati Pops Chorale, and vocalist Montego Glover in a symphonic tribute to American history. The two hour performance will transform Riverbend Music Center into a patriotic showcase with a classic fireworks display immediately after. Bonus: Receive free access to Coney Island on July 4 with your Red, White, and Boom! Concert ticket (excludes pool).
Independence Day Fireworks at Ault Park
If you’re looking for a day of celebratory fun, Ault Park’s Independence Day Fireworks event is the place to be. With the children’s parade beginning at 11 a.m., this is the perfect place to keep little ones entertained. Munch on hot dogs, barbecue, macaroni, and ice cream (the building blocks of authentic American cookouts) from 6 to 11 p.m. Before the spectacular fireworks show at 10 p.m., live musicians will take the stage at 8 p.m. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.