Fireworks displays will be booming around the region (SUNNY SUNG/AJC staff)
Photo: Sunny Sung/AJC
Photo: Sunny Sung/AJC

Looking to celebrate the Fourth of July today? Here are 5 events set for Wednesday

While most have their fireworks plans set for the Fourth of July on Wednesday, some of you last-minute planners may need a guide.

Here’s a look at all the Independence Day parade and fireworks display information happening today:


The theme of this year’s Hamilton’s Independence Day Parade and Patriotic Program is “Celebrating Hamilton’s 17 Strong Neighborhoods.” But Laurin Sprague, co-chairman of the day-long event with Mayor Pat Moeller, also calls it “the Traditional Hamilton 4th of July.”

The parade starts at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4 followed by a noon patriotic program.

Pictured is the fireworks display at the Middletown Main Street Art and Music Festival. Rumford Productions/Submitted

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Free concerts will be offered at the RiversEdge Amphitheater in Marcum Park. A fireworks show by Yokum Fireworks is set to begin at 10 p.m. The fireworks will be visible from many places along the river, including Marcum Park.

From the parade until after the fireworks, a Taste of Hamilton will be offered on High Street at the county courthouse. Local historical sites will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Liberty Twp. will have its annual Fourth of July 5K Run for Liberty and community parade on Wednesday, July 4.

The 5K Run for Liberty is a certified 3.1-mile course that will begin and end at the Lakota East High School stadium. Race day registration begins at 7 a.m. and the race begins at 8 a.m.

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The Fourth of July parade will follow the 5K at around 10 a.m.

Spectators listen to the band performances on stage during previous Red, White and Kaboom Independence Day celebration at Village Green in Fairfield. FILE PHOTO

The parade will begin at Lakota East High School and end at the Lakota Family YMCA. A brief ceremony recognizing parade Grand Marshal and lifelong Butler County resident Betty Terry will follow at Liberty Park.

Terry and her family are the known developers and was behind the Carriage Hill development.


Light Up the Sky is set to begin at noon on Wednesday, July 4.

The large crowd at the Monroe Community Park watches the fireworks show during the annual Light Up The Sky festival. FILE PHOTO (Staff Writer)

The annual parade will go from Kroger to Community Park on Main Street. This year’s parade grand marshal is Madison Smallwood, an 11-year-old who was diagnosed with metastatic Osteosarcoma in July 2015.

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Also at noon, at Community Park, people can watch the Losantiville Black Stockings play a vintage baseball game against the Tippecanoe Canal Jumpers.

There will be activities for kids and families, and music will begin at 1 p.m.

The fireworks show by Rozzi’s will begin at dark.


The “Wettest Parade in Ohio” kicks off at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 4 from the Lion’s Bridge to South Main Street, and then along Sixth Street before ending at the Franklin Community Park.

The activities take a pause until 6 p.m. at the Franklin Community Park when the Rusty Griswolds perform.

This year there will be an expanded list of food vendors and food trucks, a beer garden and a kids activity zone.

A Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks show will kick off at dark.


In the Oxford area, there is the Old Fashion Fourth of July celebration at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4 at Grove Ball Park in College Corner.


On Thursday, July 5, in Oxford, there’s a a cookout and fireworks display at Thunder Thursday at Hueston Woods lodge. The cookout starts at 5 p.m. and fireworks are set for dusk. 

No coolers are permitted.

When it’s the Fourth of July, there’s nothing you want more than to watch explosions in the sky. Keep these things in mind to stay safe:

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