9 Independence Day Events

 9 Independence Day Events

There are plenty of events happening this holiday weekend to keep the whole family entertained

Fourth of July is this weekend, but many of the events we associate with the national holiday have been canceled. However, many communities and organizations have retooled their celebrations or created new ones so we can celebrate Independence Day safely.

Families can safely see fireworks in several locations in the Miami Valley July 4. Beavercreek will be hosting a free 4th of July Fireworks at the Mall at Fairfield Commons. Attendees will be asked to stay in their vehicle. Huber Heights’ Star Spangled Heights will start with a socially distanced parade at 10 a.m. and end with fireworks at night. In Troy, residents can attend a socially distanced concert featuring the band Direct Energy and then watch a fireworks show. Meanwhile, Kings Island season passholders can watch the park’s Fourth of July fireworks after a day of riding the attractions.

Several communities will also be hosting parades July 4. This year, the Miami County 4th of July Parade’s theme is “Keeping Us Safe” and will honor veterans, first responders and health care workers. Middletown’s Rolling 4th of July Parade has all participants stay in their vehicles for the entire route.

Looking for something else? There are plenty of other events this weekend, including the Middletown Progressive Picnic Dinner July 3, in which participants get to try food and drinks from several Middletown restaurants; the Vandalia Freedom Tour, a virtual bike tour to raise funds for the Vandalia-Butler Optimist Club; and The Boom! at Berachah Church in Middletown July 3, which will have fireworks and skydivers.