Red, White and Blue Ash fireworks expected to draw 100,000 spectators

Joe Rozzi spent 80 hours on his computer designing the Red, White and Blue Ash Celebration fireworks display. A 10-man crew will spend almost a week setting up the show. When the Fourth of July extravaganza lights the sky over Summit Park, 100,000 people are expected to 'ooh' and 'aah.'

"We try to keep it exciting until the end so you'll stay engaged and [are] waiting for the next thing all the way through," Rozzi said.

Rozzi, of Rozzi's Famous Fireworks, said the free show, fired off from the runway of Blue Ash Airport, is the biggest and longest Fourth of July display in the Tri-State. This year marks its 29th year. The fireworks cap an event that features free concerts by Midnight Special and Cheap Trick along with plenty of food, drink and fun.

“The fireworks show is really what draws people out," said Emily Schaffer, public relations coordinator for the event. “It's a 30-minute fireworks show and you can't find that anywhere else in the Tri-State.”

“There is truly no other Fourth of July event in Cincinnati like ‘Red, White, and Blue Ash,’” Shaffer said. “It’s the biggest and best firework show around.”

The gates officially open at 4 p.m. on Friday, July 4, although attendees can show up between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. to set out blankets or chairs to hold a spot in the park at the corner of Plainfield Road and Glendale-Milford.

In addition to the fireworks, Schaffer said crowds are drawn by the “free national entertainment” by the bands Midnight Special: the Classic Rock Experience and Cheap Trick.

Food and drink will be available, as will carnival rides and games for families. The live music begins at 5:30 p.m. At 10 p.m., the fireworks show begins and is simulcast on Warm 98 (WRRM-FM, 98.5). Rozzi called the patriotic music played along with the fireworks show "inspiring."

Schaffer is most excited about the fireworks and music, but said the entire festival should be a success.

"There's going to be food, there's going to be a family fun area, there's something for everyone," Schaffer said. "So we hope everyone comes out and celebrates the Fourth of July with us."

Title sponsor for 2014 Red, White and Blue Ash Celebration is OneMain Financial. WCPO 9 On Your Side is a media sponsor.

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