The BEST places to celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks, food and fun

Published: Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 2:30 PM

A roundup of some of the best locations and events for fireworks and Fourth of July celebrations

When you think of summer, you think of barbecues, warm days by the pool, and Fourth of July fireworks.

If you’re looking for ways to celebrate Independence Day close to home, there are plenty of options in Southwest Ohio close to Dayton.


Whether you’re firing up the grill, heading out of town, or just want to see something new and sparkly in the night sky, we’ve got the celebrations that go far beyond pyrotechnics that are close to home or a short drive away.

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🎆🍴🎤Dayton Lights in Flight Fireworks Festival

Fireworks burst over the City of Dayton during the Lights In Flight Fireworks Festival downtown at RiverScape MetroPark in 2015. LISA POWELL / STAFF

This celebration features one of the region’s biggest fireworks shows along the downtown Dayton riverfront on Wednesday, July 3. Hear live music from the Dayton Jazz Collection, Brass Tracks Band and D-Funk Band. There will also be food, fun for the whole family and of course, fireworks to close the show at 10 p.m.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 3; festival at 5 p.m., fireworks at 10 p.m.     

WHERE: RiverScape MetroPark,  111 E. Monument Ave., Dayton  

COST: FREE admission    

INFO: Facebook

🎆🍴🎤Free Fireworks Friday at Hollywood Gaming

Head over to Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway for an outdoor celebration with food and drinks, live music by GenX featuring classic rock, ’80’s rock, country and oldies hits between 7 and 10 p.m. Then watch a 15-minute-long fireworks show set to music beginning at 10 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to this family friendly event. Rain dates will be announced in the event of inclement weather 

WHEN: Friday, June 28 from 7 to 10 p.m.

WHERE: Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway, 777 Hollywood Blvd, Dayton

COST: FREE admission. Food and drink will be for sale at the event

INFO: Facebook

🎆🍴🔬Red, White and Boonshoft

(Tom Gilliam Photography for

If you’re looking to beat the heat during the day on the 4th, then you have to know about this indoor and outdoor event. The annual star-spangled science celebration features educational shows, entertainment, indoor fireworks in the planetarium, face painting, food vendors and more. 

WHEN: Thursday, July 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.     
WHERE: Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, 2600 Deweese Pkwy., Dayton     
COST: Activities included with regular admission. Cost is $14.50 for adults, $12.50 seniors 60 and older, $11.50 children 3-17, free for museum members and children younger than 3     



🎆🍴🎉Beavercreek 4th of July Parade & Fireworks

Beavercreek 4th of July Parade(Chris Paterchak)

The parade begins at 6 p.m. at Meadowbridge Drive continuing east on Dayton-Xenia Road to Beavercreek High School. After the parade, at Rotary Park there will be food trucks, entertainment, children’s activities and fireworks at 10 p.m.

WHEN: Thursday, July, 4 6-10:30 p.m.

WHERE: Rotary Park, 2260 Dayton-Xenia Road, Beavercreek

COST: Free

INFO: FacebookWebsite

🎆🍴🍺🎤Red, White & Brew

The Mall at Fairfield Commons will host its 3rd annual Red, White and Brew event on Saturday, July 6, outside of the main mall entrance. The event will include live entertainment, family-friendly activities, food trucks, a beer garden with sales supporting Fisher-Nightingale House. 

Children's activities include a bounce house, face painting, and more in the Kids Zone from 6 to 9 p.m. 

Spungewurthy will perform live at the event, with fireworks at 10 p.m.

Participating food trucks include: Chicago Gyros and Dogs Beavercreek, Hunger Paynes, El Meson Food Trucks, Thai1On, Dayton Urban BBQ, Cumberland Kettle Corn, Underdogs Mobile, Good Golly Miss Molly's Food Bus Jubie's Creamery and Clayborn Grill.

WHEN: Saturday, July 6, 6-10 p.m.

WHERE: Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek, entrance near Bravo!

COST: Free admission

MORE INFO: FacebookWebsite


🎆🍴🎤🎉🏃🚗Americana Festival

Centerville’s Americana Festival parade makes its way down West Franklin Street Saturday. The festival, which was expected to draw over 75,000 people, featured the parade with over 120 units, a 5K run, a street fair and fireworks. LISA POWELL / STAFF(Lisa Powell)

Tons of fun events are on the schedule for the 46th annual Americana Festival July 3-4. July 3 events include a concert by cover band Stranger and fireworks at the Centerville High School Stadium, 500 E. Franklin St. Gates open at 6 p.m. A variety of food vendors will be on hand at the stadium entrance. The concert will begin at 8:30 p.m. with fireworks synchronized to music by 92.9FM at 10 p.m. Get a complete schedule here.

WHEN: 5K, parade, children’s entertainment, strolling performers and festival on July 4, 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Fireworks are on July 3, with food and live music. Gates open at 6 p.m. and entertainment begins at 8:30 p.m. 
WHERE: Location varies per event. Check map for specific event locations in Centerville.
COST: Free