How to celebrate Fourth of July in southwest Ohio this weekend

Although there will be Fourth of July fireworks shows in the area this year, they will be adapted to accommodate social distancing. Here are some Fourth of July events happening this weekend:

Red, White, and Kaboom

Fairfield’s epic Fourth of July event on Friday, which usually consists of all-day parties at Harbin Park, Village Green Park, Marsh Lake, and the Fairfield Aquatic Center, will undergo the following changes:

• There will be no food trucks or concerts

• All parks will close at their usual time (dusk)

• Harbin Park will be closed the entire day to foot and vehicle traffic

• Rozzi’s Fireworks will start at 10 p.m. They will use larger shells and a larger shooting zone to increase the viewing area throughout Fairfield.

• The fireworks show will last 20 minutes instead of 35 minutes.

Cincinnati Pops: Virtual July 4th

The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra will give a live performance at Riverbend Music Center for a digital audience on Satuday at 7 p.m.

• The hour-long performance will run the gamut of composers and genres, honoring the Armed Forces, Black Lives Matter, women’s suffrage, and the front-line workers during the coronavirus pandemic. The pieces include Aaron Copeland’s “Hoedown,” “America the Beautiful,” and “Stars and Stripes Forever.”

• The performers include conductor, John Morris Russell, 30 members of the orchestra, Melinda Doolittle (third-place finalist on “American Idol” Season 8), and acclaimed folk duo, Over the Rhine.

• Doolittle will perform “I’m A Woman” from the pop revue, “Smokey Joe’s Café,” “Home” from the “The Wiz,” and a duet with Over the Rhine, singing “Hard Times Come Again No More.”

• A pre-recorded “Armed Forces Salute” will commemorate each military branch, featuring the United States Army Chorus filmed live at Riverbend in 2019.

• The concert can be viewed on the Cincinnati Pops’ Facebook page, the CSO video channel on YouTube, and the CSO Web site.

Fireworks at Kings Island

The park is tentatively scheduled to open its doors to the general public on July 12. In the meantime, season passholders can enjoy a day of Fourth-related activities capped by a fireworks show at 10 p.m. on Saturday.

City of Hamilton Fireworks

Like Fairfield, Hamilton solved the problem of throwing a fireworks show while maintaining social distancing by scouting out locations where every resident can see the red, white, and boom. Blasting off from Pyramid Hill, Hamilton residents are recommended to use the Joyce Park soccer fields, Kevin Lodder Park, the Booker T. Washington Community Center, and Miami University’s Hamilton campus.

Viewers are encouraged to take whatever further social distancing measures they see fit. There will also be a concert at RiversEdge amphitheater. Brass Owl (jam rock), Linus Tate, and Jordan Wood with Nick Griese will perform to a socially distanced audience. The fireworks show takes place on Saturday at 10 p.m.

The Boom!

Middletown’s Berachah Church, 1900 Johns Road, will host a half-hour show that includes skydiving amid pyrotechnics by Team Fastrax. The show takes place Friday from 9:30-10 p.m.

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