MIAMI COUNTY — Independence Day revelers in Miami County may be hard-pressed to decide where to celebrate this year. From the historical to the traditional, there’s a celebration for everyone next weekend.
Troy’s Fourth of July celebrations kick off Saturday morning with the annual July 4 parade at 9 a.m. The parade will be staged in the parking lot generally south of the Hobart Arena and will follow the same route used the past couple of years: Leave the parking lot by the drive between the Troy Aquatic Park and Hobart Arena; east on Staunton Road; south on Market Street; go around the Public Square (where it may pause for no more than two minutes if someone is singing the national anthem); west on Main Street; north on Monroe Street, where the parade will disperse. The parade is arranged by volunteers.
Fireworks are scheduled to begin in the city of Troy at approximately 10 p.m. July 4. The North Market Street Bridge will be closed off so people can use that as a viewing point if they wish. North Market Street from Staunton Road to Water Street is closed at about 9 p.m. and remains closed until everyone is off the bridge.
The city contracted with Rozzi’s Fireworks of Cincinnati for the fireworks show, and is receiving funding support for the fireworks from The Troy Foundation and from Concord Township.
In West Milton, the Fourth of July is not just a one-day celebration. The village will host their annual Independence Celebration from July 1-4. The event features amusement rides, games, and food, along with local organizations.
On July 4, the West Milton July 4th Hometown Independence Day Parade will begin at 11 a.m. This year’s Grand Marshal is festival organizer Jack Scudmore, a 19-year resident of West Milton and a 14-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps. This is his 10th year coordinating the festival.
The festival hours will be 6-10 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, through Friday, July 3, and noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 4. Fireworks will be at 10 p.m. on July 4. The display is presented by Garden State Fireworks, The Santore Bros.
Pre-sale tickets are available at Curry’s Video, Miami Valley Lanes, Owl Drugs and Wertz Variety. The price of pre-sale tickets is $6 for five (one ticket per ride) with their sale ending July 1 at 5 p.m. Cost for tickets at the park will be $2 each or ten for $19. Armband days are Wednesday and Thursday with a price of $18 per each night. The armband will allow unlimited ride use on the day of purchase.
On July 4, West Milton Lions Club will host bingo in the Lion Shelters from 7-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and from 3-10 p.m. Saturday. MURA is again hosting the Dunk Tank.
The West Milton Lions Club BBQ Chicken dinner will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday and will continue until sold out. Lucky the Hobo Clown with his entertaining balloon sculptures will perform from 4-7 p.m. that evening.
In addition to celebrating the Fourth of July next weekend, the City of Tipp City is also commemorating a historical milestone. This year the city’s annual 4th of July fireworks coincide with celebrations for the city’s 175th anniversary.
On Friday, July 3, guests are invited to journey back in time to 1840. Visitors can enjoy a historical evening in downtown Tipp City, including equestrian shows by 4 Freedom Equestrian Team and the Ohio Valley Carriage Club, among others. There will be wagon rides offered throughout the evening.
Following special appearances by President Abraham Lincoln, Council President Joe Gibson, Mayor Pat Hale, Sen. Bill Beagle and Rep. Steve Huffman, visitors can enjoy Community Night hosted by The Hotel Gallery.
On Saturday, July 4, there will be a parade through downtown at 4 p.m. followed by a festival at City Park with food, vendors, and games. At 5 p.m., The Brothers & Co. will perform American country and bluegrass music. Recent Tippecanoe grads Beesly will take the stage at 7:45 p.m. and perform until fireworks at 9:45 p.m.
As this is their last year planning the festival, the Piqua Fourth of July Association is promising to go out with a blast — literally.
The association will be holding a two-day festival at Fountain Park ending with fireworks at Hardman Field on both July 4 and July 5 at 10 p.m. The hours for each day will be from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 4, and 2-10 p.m. Sunday, July 5.
The weekend will begin with 10 a.m. flag-raising, the singing of the national anthem, an invocation and opening remarks by Piqua Mayor Lucy Fess and Diane Miller, president of the Piqua Fourth of July Association.
An array of booths will offer refreshments including popcorn, snow cones, ice cream, pizza, soft pretzels, nachos and cheese, funnel cakes, hamburgers, brats, tenderloin sandwiches, french fries, bloomin’ onions, mozzarella sticks, chicken tenders, walking tacos, chicken dinners, and various beverages.
Among the food vendors will be Cub Scout Pack 295, Cyrene A.M.E. Church, Lockington United Methodist Church, Piqua Apostolic Temple, Young Life, T.E.E.M. Youth Mission, Pence Concessions and Susie’s Big Dipper.
Boy Scout Troop 295 will offer a variety of games and the Cub Scout Pack will do face-painting. Piqua Pentecostal Church will sponsor fun activities including a dunking booth and Plinko. The Fourth of July Association’s booth will hold the ring toss.
There will be a petting zoo and pony rides, as well as children’s activities like the kiddie tractor pull, the penny scramble, and the traditional red, white and blue bar contest for children 12 and under.
A variety of live entertainment will be provided throughout the weekend by performers including juggler Tyler Kiefer, Mister Twister the Balloon Man, and local rapper J-NiBB.