Thursday, July 04, 2002

July Fourth events

        A listing of holiday events in selected Tristate communities. All events are today unless noted otherwise.



        HYDE PARK: The annual Hyde Park Neighborhood Council event is sponsored by Cincinnati Parks in Ault Park on Observatory Avenue. A children's bicycle parade begins at 10:30 a.m. Concessions open at 6 p.m. and the Pete Metzger Band performs a free concert at 8 p.m. Fireworks at 10 p.m. Information: 533-5648.

        NORTHSIDE: A neighborhood parade at noon proceeds along Hamilton Avenue from Ashtree Drive to Hoffner Park on Blue Rock Avenue. The Northside Men's Drill Team and Ladies' Lawn Chair Brigade will participate along with marching bands from Roger Bacon and Aiken high schools. A water festival will take place at the park after the parade until 4 p.m. featuring water games, prizes and free refreshments. Information: 542-2971 or 542-8259.

        RIVERFRONT: The All- American Birthday starts along the riverfront at 3 p.m. at Sawyer Point. Admission for the family event is free. Games and live music by Survivor at 6 p.m. and Loverboy at 8 p.m. Fireworks begin at 10 p.m. Information: 852-1646.


        ANDERSON TOWNSHIP: The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra will perform a concert, “America the Beautiful,” at 8 p.m. at Riverbend. The United States Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus will give a prelude performance at 7 p.m. For ticket information, call 381-3300, or order online at

        BLUE ASH: A free community picnic and fireworks celebration is 2 to 11 p.m. at the Blue Ash Sports Center, 11540 Grooms Road. Kool & The Gang performs at 8:15 p.m. Fireworks will follow at 10 p.m. Parking is available in the P&G lots on Reed Hartman Highway and Grooms Road. A shuttle service will operate from 3 p.m. to midnight. Information: 745-8511.

        CLEVES: The Cleves Volunteer Fire Department will sponsor a fireworks display at 10 p.m. Friday at Harmony Field, U.S. 50 and Cooper Road. Information: 941-1111 or

        COLERAIN TOWNSHIP: Holiday activities will take place on Springdale Road a half mile west of Northgate Mall. A 5K walk/run begins at 8 a.m., with a children's race at 9 a.m. Other events include a custom-car show from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m; entertainment from 3 to 6:30 p.m.; and a performance by Pure Prairie League at 8:15 p.m. A fireworks display with a patriotic soundtrack begins at 10 p.m.. Information: 385-7500 or www.

        EVENDALE: A variety of events will be held at the Village Recreation Center, 10500 Reading Road. The annual 10K run and 4.3-mile walk starts at 8 a.m. A registration form is available at Family activities from 6 to 9:45 p.m. include a kids' carnival, raffles, a rock-climbing wall, hot-air balloon rides and entertainment by Wild Stuff. Fireworks at 10 p.m. Information: 563-2244.

        GOLF MANOR: The annual parade begins at 11 a.m. at Losantiville and Englewood avenues and winds through the village to the Municipal Building, 6450 Wiehe Road. At the end of the parade, trophies will be awarded to children and adults in various categories. Free refreshments will be served to children who participate. Information: 605-1227.

        INDIAN HILL: Participants for the 17th annual parade assemble at 9 a.m. at Cincinnati Country Day School, 6905 Given Road, for a parade that begins at 10 a.m. Games and refreshments follow at Stephan Field at Drake and Shawnee Run roads. Fireworks at 10 p.m. at Indian Hill High School, 6845 Drake Road. Information: 561-6500.

        LOVELAND: Loveland Fourth of July 2002 will be from 3:30 to 11 p.m. downtown. Free children's rides, games and other activities. Free carriage rides from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Rabbit Hash String Band will perform at 3:30 p.m. at Railroad Commons. Other live entertainment by the Loveland Jazz Combo and the Cincinnati Caledonian Pipes & Drums. A parade will begin at 6 p.m. from Loveland Miami Elementary School on Loveland-Madeira Road and proceed to Second Street. The fireworks display, which can be viewed from Nisbet Park, Veterans Park and other areas near downtown, will begin at 10 p.m. Information: 588-9099 or

        MONTGOMERY: A parade begins at 11 a.m. at Sycamore Junior High School on Cooper Road to Montgomery Park on Montgomery Road, where Festival in the Park will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Entertainment by the Blue Chip Jazz Band from 1 to 3 p.m. and Kevin Fox from noon to 4 p.m. Pony rides, games and a pet show are included in the afternoon activities. Pets can be registered from noon to 12:30 at the event. Information: 891-2424.

        READING: A festival hosted by American Legion Post 69 will be held 1-11 p.m. today, 6-11 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m to 11 p.m. Saturday at Koenig Park on Columbia Avenue. Rides, games, refreshments and a softball tournament. Fireworks go off at 10 p.m. Saturday in Koenig Park. Rain date is Sunday.ST. BERNARD: The annual Independence Day Celebration begins at 8:30 a.m. with a 5K run/walk in Vine Street Park. A festival will take place from 4 to 10 p.m. with games, rides and entertainment. Fireworks at 10 p.m. Information: 242-2727.

        SHARONVILLE: “America's Unsung Heroes” begins with a parade at 5 p.m. that starts at Sharon and Reading roads and ends at the Community Center on Thornview Drive. A festival in Gower Park follows the parade. The Hot Wax Stage Show at 6:30 p.m., and fireworks begin at 10 p.m. Information: 563-2895.

        SPRINGDALE: The annual Spirit of Springdale Festival is 5 p.m. to midnight at the Springdale Community Center, 11999 Lawnview Ave. Entertainment, games, rides, gambling and food booths. Parade will begin at 6 p.m. at the Tri-View Office Towers, 110 Boggs Lane, and end at the Community Center Amphitheater. Participants should assemble at 5:15 p.m. Fireworks at 10 p.m. Information: 345-3910.


        HAMILTON: The annual Hamilton July 4th Parade begins at 10 a.m. on Fair Avenue and winds through downtown to Second and Ludlow streets. The parade will honor firefighters and police. A patriotic ceremony will be held at the Michael J. Colligan Bandshell at noon, followed by a high school band concert at 1:30 p.m. Other events include: Taste of Hamilton, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; a Civil War re-enactment on the lawn of the Butler County Courthouse, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; a variety of entertainment starting at 2:30 p.m.; and fireworks at 9:45 p.m. Information: 844-8080 or

        HAMILTON: The 122nd Army National Guard Band will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at the amphitheater in Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Road. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Early arrivals must pay park admission. Rain location is the Hamilton Sports Arena on Peck Avenue. Information: 868-8336.

        MIDDLETOWN: All America Weekend from 5 p.m. to midnight today through Saturday at Middletown High School, 601 N. Breiel Blvd. Free entertainment, 40 booths, an arts and crafts area, and rides are featured in the 23rd annual festival, sponsored by the Middletown High School Athletic Boosters. Shuttle service is available from Miami University Middletown. A tribute to police and firefighters followed by civic awards at 7 p.m. Fireworks at 10 p.m.

        ROSS: Stricker's Grove, 11490 Hamilton-Cleves Road (Ohio 128), is open to the public 3-11 p.m. today. Admission to the park is free; rides are priced individually or a “ride-all-day” band is available. Fireworks at 10 p.m. Information: 738-3366.


        HAMILTON TOWNSHIP: The second annual Hamilton Township July 4th Parade and Picnic in the Park will begin with a parade at 11 a.m. along Ohio 48. The parade will end at Testerman Park on Maineville Road, where family activities will take place. Information: 899-3018 or 683-9308.

        MASON: “Nights of Fire: an Eiffel Tower Spectacular” — fireworks set to patriotic music — is at Paramount's Kings Island today and Fridayat 10 p.m. Information: 754-5700 or

        WAYNESVILLE: A free concert by the Tom Daugherty Orchestra is 7 p.m. Saturday at the Bicentennial Amphitheater. Fireworks at 10 p.m. Information: 897-8855.


        NEW RICHMOND: A parade will begin at 11 a.m. at Festival Park on Front Street and end at Western Avenue. Festivities that include a men's cake bake-off, silent auction, riding lawnmower races, community awards and music will continue throughout the day. A “Parade of Lights” on the river and a fireworks display will conclude the celebration. Information: 553-1245.


        GREENDALE: “Celebrate Greendale” will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a children's fishing derby at Schnebelt's Pond. A 5K run/walkand a softball tournament are in the day's activities. Entertainment will be in front of Greendale Cabin from 4 p.m. until fireworks at dusk. Information: (812) 537-9219.

        AURORA: The annual Firecracker Craft Show & Festival will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Lesko Park on Ind. 56. Nearly 100 craft and food booths, an air show, fishing derby, car show, games, rides and stage entertainment. On Friday, hot-air balloon rides will be available from 5 to 6 p.m. The festival kicks off at 6 p.m.; the annual lighted boat parade on the Ohio River will begin at 10 p.m. Fireworks will be shot off a barge at 10 p.m. Saturday. Information: (800) 322-8198.



        FLORENCE: The city's first official fireworks display will be the centerpiece of a festival starting at 6 p.m. at the Florence Government Center. Rozzi fireworks begin at 9:45 p.m. Festival activities will include games for children, performances by the Florence Community Band and an '80s pop band.


        FORT THOMAS: A parade starts at Highlands High School at 11 a.m. and ends at Tower Park. The city will host a festival behind the city building from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with games, food, prizes and a band.


        EDGEWOOD: The 25th Annual 5K Race for walkers and runners starts at Presidents Park at 8 a.m. to begin the city's 4th of July Extravaganza. A parade begins at 9:30 a.m. Co-ed softball and volleyball tournaments will be held all day at both Presidents and Freedom parks. Fireworks begin at dusk at Freedom Park, with a free concert by the rock/pop group Fuzzy Feet beginning at 7 p.m.

        FORT MITCHELL: A parade will begin at the Diocesan Catholic Children's Home on Orphanage Road at 12:30 p.m. and end on Beechwood Road in front of Beechwood High School. The grand marshal will be Sister Ann Middendorf, who retired this year after a long career serving Fort Mitchell residents, and Steve Hutton, who recently resigned as principal of Beechwood High School.

        INDEPENDENCE: The Independence Festival includes bands, cloggers and a flyover from an Army Blackhawk helicopter. The festival at Memorial Park begins with a parade at 2 p.m., and finishes with fireworks at 10 p.m.The parade will depart from Summit View Elementary. Grand marshals will be Lt. Gov. Steve Henry and his wife, former Miss America Heather French Henry, and James Simmons, a veteran who will receive a Purple Heart on July 5 for the first time since he earned the award in World War II.

— Compiled by Elaine Trumpey and Chris Mayhew


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