There are several chances to celebrate Independence Day today around the area:
The annual parade in Liberty Twp. begins at 10 a.m. from Lakota East High School.
The parade continues to Wyandot Lane, and makes its way back to the high school.
The annual Middletown Independence Day parade kicks off at 10 a.m. at Smith Park on Tytus Avenue. It will travel south on Verity Parkway for several blocks and end at Woodside Cemetery.
The Light Up the Sky celebration begins at noon Monroe’s Community Park, 550 S. Main St. with a parade from Kroger to the Communtiy Park. The parade travels down Macready Avenue to West Elm Street. The route heads onto South Main Street and ends at the Community Park.
A vintage baseball game begins at noon featuring the Losantiville Black Stockings against the Tippecanoe Canal Jumpers.
Two Disney princesses, Princess Merida and Princess Jasmine, will be at the Monroe park at 5 to 7 p.m. Batman will make an appearance from 7 to 9 p.m.
Parking is available at the park, but is limited. There will be free parking at Monroe High School with a free shuttle.
Music begins with Will Fluke at 6 p.m. and 5th Crow at 8:30 p.m.
A fireworks show starts at dark.
The annual Fourth of July parade starts at 10 a.m. at the Butler County Fairgrounds on Ohio 4, and heads down Dayton Street and turns on to High Street at 7th. It ends at the Butler County Historic Courthouse.
There will be a patriotic ceremony at noon at the historic courthouse with Mayor Pat Moeller presiding.
The annual Taste of Hamilton featuring food trucks, as well as the Hamilton Concert Band playing at the Butler County Historic Courthouse, begins at 10 a.m.
From 11 to 3 p.m. there will be Native American and pioneer living historical demonstrations at Monument Park, 15 Monument Ave.
Heritage Hall, 20 High St., the Monument, 1 S. Monument Ave., and Butler County Historical Society, 327 N. Second St., will all have open houses from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A fireworks show launches at 10 p.m. from Veterans Park, 20 New London Road.
The Wettest 4th of July Parade in Ohio steps off at 10 a.m. in Franklin from the Lion’s Bridge as it heads toward South Main Street and along Sixth Street. It ends at Franklin Community Park, 304 E. Sixth St.
People are invited back to the park for a 6 p.m. concert, festival and fireworks show. The Menus will perform.
The event is free with limited parking at the park, and on-street neighborhood parking throughout the area.
The classic amusement park Stricker's Grove is open 3 to 11 p.m. Admission is free to the park, but ride tickets or wristbands are available for purchase.
A fireworks show starts at 10 p.m. and is also free, but there is a parking fee. Stricker’s Grove is at 11490 Hamilton-Cleves Road in Ross Twp.
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