CINCINNATI -- What's more patriotic than celebrating our nation's independence with community, music and fireworks?
Here are six ways to celebrate the Fourth of July on Wednesday:
Edgewood’s 4th of July Extravaganza -- A full day of events are on tap. The city will kick off its celebration with a 5K race at 7:30 a.m. at Presidents Park, 283 Dudley Road. A parade, themed “A Salute to our First Responders,” will be at 9:30 a.m. It will begin at the Caywood Elementary School and Turkeyfoot Middle School campus and proceed to President’s Park. Later, a free concert will be held at 7 p.m. at Freedom Park, 550 Freedom Park Drive, followed by fireworks at dusk.
Red, White and Blue Ash: This annual event held in Summit Park draws large crowds every Fourth of July. This year Pat Benatar will provide live music for the festival, which runs from 4-10:35 p.m. Wednesday. There also will be food, drinks and family activities before fireworks cap off the day.
Road closures for Red, White and Blue Ash start at 4 p.m. Traffic will be westbound only on Glendale Milford Road from MicKenly Road to Plainfield Road. Plainfield Road will close later in the evening to traffic from Glendale Milford Road to Cooper Road; only shuttles will have access.
For more information, visit blueashevents.com.
Northside Rock N' Roll Carnival: This two-day festival kicks off at 3 p.m. Tuesday and rocks all the way through the Fourth at Northside's Hoffner Park. It features live music from local bands, beer and food both days, as well as the annual Northside Fourth of July parade, which starts at noon Wednesday on Hamilton Avenue. Hamilton Avenue will be closed between Ashtree Drive and Blue Rock Road until about 2 p.m.
For the complete music schedule and more information, visit www.northsiderocks.com.
Mohawk BlockFest: Celebrate the Fourth of July with music, food, community art and vendors in the historic Mohawk district of Over-the-Rhine. There will be performances by eight local musicians and a community graffiti wall to draw on, along with indoor and outdoor stages. The party kicks off at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Felsenhaus building. For more information and to purchase tickets to the BlockFest visit www.eventbrite.com.
Patriotic Pops at Riverbend: Enjoy an evening of patriotic music by the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra at Riverbend Music Center, followed by fireworks over the Ohio River. The event begins at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets range from $5-$50. To purchase tickets, visit my.cincinnatisymphony.org.
Ault Park Independence Day Fireworks: For more than 50 years, people have gathered at Ault Park to celebrate community and enjoy fireworks. This year will be no different. Festivities will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday and end with the fireworks display at 11 p.m. Bad Habit will perform live music. There also will be children's activities and concessions. For more information visit www.aultparkac.org.