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Best places to watch Hamilton’s large fireworks show on Saturday

Hamilton’s fireworks this year will be fired off from Veterans Park so they can be viewed from more parts of the city. Here’s a shot from last year’s July 4 show along the Great Miami River. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Hamilton’s fireworks this year will be fired off from Veterans Park so they can be viewed from more parts of the city. Here’s a shot from last year’s July 4 show along the Great Miami River. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

There will be several prime viewing places to see Hamilton’s fireworks on Saturday at 10 p.m., but the Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park is not one of them, city officials said. In fact, the sculpture park will be closed to the public during the public during the pyrotechnics.

There has been some confusion, city officials said, because the sculpture park is the large area of land from which the bigger-than-normal fireworks will be launched. The park also was chosen because with physical distancing guidelines to avoid spread of COVID-19, the city was looking for launch locations that would allow people to view the display from several other areas across the city.

Here are places Hamilton officials recommend for fireworks viewing:

• Miami University’s Hamilton campus

• Joyce Park soccer fields

• Kevin Lodder Park

• Officer Bob Gentry Park

• Booker T. Washington Community Center

• The biking/hiking path along the Great Miami River in that general vicinity

“Pyramid Hill has graciously allowed the park to be used free-of-charge,” said Hamilton spokesman Brandon Saurber. “The city has agreed to reimburse Pyramid Hill $200 to pay for a caretaker to be on-site during the fireworks.”

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