Ohio’s Ten Best Places To Watch Fireworks
The great State of Ohio offers some of the largest and best venues to enjoy fireworks in the nation and with a little planning, you can catch more than just one thrilling display! Check out our picks for Ohio’s Best!
1) Red, White & BOOM– Downtown Columbus, Ohio
One of our favorites is also the largest and by tradition has been held on the evening of July 3rd. This event is more than just fireworks with live music, food vendors, and a 5K fundraiser held on July 2nd. There are many great places to observe the show and it’s not unusual to see people securing their viewing point many hours in advance. One of the largest crowds in Ohio.
2) P&G Riverfest- WEBN Fireworks Show– Sawyer Point- Cincinnati, Ohio
The celebration includes festivities at Harbin Park (launch site for Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks), Village Green Park, Fairfield Aquatic Center, and Marsh Lake. Those attending will enjoy live music (see schedule) and food vendors for each location. The days’ events start at 10 AM and conclude after the fireworks show at 10 pm.
3) Clevelands Light Up The Lake– Downtown Cleveland- Cleveland, Ohio
Light Up the Lake Fireworks take place in downtown Cleveland. Fireworks are set off from Dock 20 at sundown on Wednesday. Best & Free viewing areas on the Flats West Bank, including Wendy Park, Whiskey Island, and Superior Viaduct; Flats East Bank, including boardwalk and Settlers Landing; North Coast Harbor; Edgewater Park and Kirtland Park.
4) Toledo Blade’s Red, White & Kaboom– Promenade Park- Toledo, Ohio
On Monday, July 4, get ready for a day of entertainment, food, and beverages beginning at 2 p.m.! There will be food offerings from hot dogs to shaved ice available for sale from several different vendors, along with beer and soft drinks. “We expect a fantastic show and a great turn-out,” said Event Director Michael Mori. “The annual fireworks show has become more popular with each passing year.”The Blade’s Red, White, KABOOM entertainment lineup will begin at 4:00 p.m. World-renowned fireworks company Pyrotecnico will start the spectacle around 10 p.m
While not one of the largest, their fireworks display is launched from a barge in the Put-in-Bay Harbor where the shells detonate over the water in a colorful display. This one makes our list for the destination (Ohio’s Put-in-Bay Island)as much as the fireworks display. An ideal location for those wishing to escape the big city crowds for a more hometown Independence Day. The best place to watch is along the Perry Peace Memorial and the fireworks start at 10 pm. FYI Put-in-Bay Accommodations tend to book up early. Day-trippers reserve a Put-in-Bay Golf Cart Rental and line them up around the monument to watch the show.
6) Akron Rib, White & Blue Festival– Downtown Akron, Ohio
This week-long event starts on June 29th and features days of live entertainment, a rib festival, and ends with a fireworks show at 9:45 pm. Parking is FREE after 6 pm on Fridays and weekends at all city-owned parking decks and lots. Vote for your favorite Rib Vendor through July 3rd!
7) Ohio River Sternwheel Festival– Ohio River Levee- Marietta, Ohio
Pyrotecnico has produced the Ohio River Sternwheel Festival Fireworks, each year better than the last. Tradition, creativity, innovation, and technology are the ingredients that have set Pyrotechnico apart from other firework manufacturers for years. The tradition began in 1889 when Constantino Vitale founded the Vitale Fireworks Manufacturing Company in a small village near Naples, Italy. The company was later moved to the United States and incorporated in New Castle, Pennsylvania – which would later become the “Firework Capital of America.” The fireworks will be held Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at 9:30 p.m. from barges on the Ohio River and will be choreographed to music.
8) Lima Star-Spangled Spectacular– Faurot Park- Lima, Ohio
The all-day event starts with a 10K, 5K & 1-mile run followed by a bike ride, Fishing Derby, Car show & Crusie in, Live Entertainment and a large firework display at 10 PM. Parking for the Star-Spangled Spectacular may be found at several locations. Visitors may park in the grass lot at Woodlawn Cemetery (enter at Cole Street & North Shore Drive). Visitors may also park at St. Rita’s Medical Center in the designated areas.
9) Dayton Independence Day Fireworks– Downtown Dayton, Ohio
‘Lights in Flight,’ the region’s most spectacular Independence Day fireworks display, returns to downtown Dayton’s RiverScape MetroPark on Tuesday, July 3, with our multi-cultural festival featuring music, food, and family fun including a kids’ zone. The festival begins at 5 p.m., and fireworks will light the sky over downtown Dayton at 10 p.m.
10) LaRosa’s Balloon Glow– Coney Island- Cincinnati, Ohio
There’s nothing else like it in Ohio! Along with music, entertainment, and rides, there are unique attractions that make LaRosa’s Balloon Glow a memorable night for all ages. The evening sky will illuminate when hot air balloons of every color “glow” for all to see. The grand finale for the event is a spectacular Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks display over the banks of Lake Como.