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Old 05-25-2009, 09:15 AM
 
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We moved to Bloomington, IN from Seattle at the end of last summer. We are trying to find out what there is to do on the 4th of July. Where in the midwest can we go for the best 4th of July celebration? Who has the best fireworks out here?
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Old 05-25-2009, 03:31 PM
 
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This is the Cincinnati forum.....in Ohio.....

....or were you specifically looking for places within a few hours' drive of Bloomington?

The Cincinnati area generally has individual displays held in various smaller communities around the area instead of a huge one downtown. Near as I can tell, there will be a fireworks display at Coney Island on July 3rd.

Hamilton has a festival and huge parade on July 4th, culminating in a fireworks display over the Miami River later that night.

Cincinnati's major fireworks display takes place on Labor Day weekend, so you might want to check out Columbus (Ohio) instead. I know they have "Red, White and Boom".

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Old 05-25-2009, 05:37 PM
 
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thanks aquila. I've asked this question here and a few other places because I'm looking for the best fireworks display in the whole midwest. Thanks for the info on the Cincy area.
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Old 05-25-2009, 06:32 PM
 
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Assuming a legitimate display with 5" shells, to me, the "best" fireworks display depends one one thing: how close can you get to the fireworks. If you are right under a shell, you have a different experience than when you are viewing at a distance. The low frequency shock waves and the illumination against a night sky are why I look for. So, sometimes smaller is better.
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Old 05-25-2009, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Blue Ash, Ohio (Cincinnati)
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If you really like fireworks though, Cincinnati puts on one of the best shows in the nation when it comes time for the Tall Stacks festival.
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Old 05-26-2009, 12:46 PM
 
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thanks aquila. I've asked this question here and a few other places because I'm looking for the best fireworks display in the whole midwest. Thanks for the info on the Cincy area.
No problem. And thanks for clarifying...you did say "midwest" in your OP. I don't think I was thinking very clearly yesterday. Sorry 'bout that.
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Old 05-26-2009, 12:57 PM
 
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If you really like fireworks though, Cincinnati puts on one of the best shows in the nation when it comes time for the Tall Stacks festival.
Yeah, but it doesn't look like there will be one this year, and maybe not next year either. Besides, that's in October.

Actually, Louisville has the largest fireworks display in the country, as well as the best (just one more big thing Louisville has learned to do better than some "other places in the region" to gain positive national attention) - Thunder Over Louisville - but it's held in the Spring around the time of the Kentucky Derby.

Strange how there really aren't many major fireworks displays around the 4th of July.
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Old 05-27-2009, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Blue Ash, Ohio (Cincinnati)
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Yeah, but it doesn't look like there will be one this year, and maybe not next year either. Besides, that's in October.

Actually, Louisville has the largest fireworks display in the country, as well as the best (just one more big thing Louisville has learned to do better than some "other places in the region" to gain positive national attention) - Thunder Over Louisville - but it's held in the Spring around the time of the Kentucky Derby.

Strange how there really aren't many major fireworks displays around the 4th of July.

Ya, but Cincinnati is a bigger, more powerful city with a much more diverse economy.

Cincinnati also has many more amazing city districts than Louisville, Cincinnati is seeing more development than Louisville, and Cincinnati has density in its skyline. Louisville is flooded with parking lots.
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Old 05-27-2009, 02:05 PM
 
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Ya, but Cincinnati is a bigger, more powerful city with a much more diverse economy.

Cincinnati also has many more amazing city districts than Louisville, Cincinnati is seeing more development than Louisville, and Cincinnati has density in its skyline. Louisville is flooded with parking lots.
I'm not disagreeing with that stuff, but it seems like Cincinnati needs to step it up and get a seriously large event...the "largest of its kind in the country"...that puts the national spotlight on us for a day, just like the Kentucky Derby/Thunder Over Louisville weekend, and Indianapolis' Indy 500. Somehow Tall Stacks doesn't cut it, and I don't see any major celebrities coming to Cincinnati for Oktoberfest or Riverfest.

Just jealous, I guess.
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Old 06-04-2009, 11:53 PM
 
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Me and my wife just moved here a month ago. are there any festivals on the fourth of july worth going to. and where are the best communities to see a firework display?
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