Organizers of Red, White and Blue Ash say 'show must go on'

BLUE ASH, Ohio - A little thing like rain is not going to derail one of the biggest Fourth of July celebrations in the Tri-State.

Organizers of the annual Red, White and Blue Ash holiday celebration said the event would take place rain or shine.

While the rain poured down for most of the evening, prayers for a reprieve from Mother Nature didn't go unanswered. The famous Rozzi fireworks display went off without a hitch around 10 p.m.

The rain was never a threat to the fireworks display, which was simulcast to music. Organizers say the only threat to the show was strong winds, which never developed.

The fireworks have only been canceled once in the 27-year history of the festival.

Around 6 p.m., several thousand people had already gathered at Summit Park, located at 4335 Glendale-Milford Rd.

Colleen and Rob Herth were two of those people to make it to the park formerly known as Old Blue Ash Airport, which was hosting the celebration for the first time. They said while it's unfortunate there weren't sunny skies on Independence Day, they're not going to let inclement weather ruin their fun.

"We just wanted to come out and have a good experience," said Colleen Herth, who was one of the hundreds of people to set up a chair near the main performance stage for anticipation for the headlining musical act, Foreigner.

The band known for hits such as "Jukebox Hero" and "Waiting For A Girl Like You" took the stage at 8:15 p.m. and thrilled local crowds.

Rob Herth said the chance to see the band and enjoy the holiday with his friends and family was too important to him to let the weather conditions get in the way.

"Even if there's a little rain, we can't let that stop us," Rob Herth said.

John Butler, who saw his first Foreigner show in 1975, said seeing the band made sitting around in the rain worth it. He said seeing them play made him a "happy camper."

The rain did affect one performance. The band Midnight Special was scheduled to kick off the event at 5:30 p.m. but the band members canceled their performance over fears their equipment would be ruined. 

Red, White and Blue Ash wasn't all about music though.

In addition to the show in the sky and rock and roll, the evening-long event included food, drinks and other entertainment options including rides for kids and carnival attractions.

At the end of the day, was heading to Blue Ash the even worth it? Colleen Herth thinks so.

"Absolutely," she said.

You can also view photos from Independence Day celebrations from across the Tri-State at the following link:  http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/local_news/greater-cincinnati-fourth-of-july-celebrations

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