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Summer Continues with July Festivals

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From Independence Day to new music, summer continues with festivals and events. Here are some of the top festivals to check out in July.

Fourth of July 

As the Fourth of July weekend kicks off, here are some local festivals to celebrate the nation’s independence. 

Lights in Flight is the city of Dayton’s Independence Day festival. Featuring entertainment, food and fireworks, the event, centered in Riverscape Metropark, will begin at 5 p.m. on July 3. 

Fireworks over the river begin at 10 p.m.

Another local patriotic festival is the Montgomery Independence Day parade and festival in Montgomery park. Occurring on the fourth from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the family friendly morning festival features a parade and various food and craft vendors.

Closest to the main Wright State University campus is the Beavercreek Fourth of July celebration. Also on the fourth, the festival and firework display begins at 6 p.m. in Rotary Park. 

All three events are free and open to the public.

Night market

Straying away from typical festival fashion, Columbus North Street Night Market is still a summer-essential.

Located in downtown Columbus at 59 Spruce Street, the night market pops up every third Friday from June to August, with the next event on July 15. The market features goods and products from local vendors, live music and adult beverages. 

Admission to the market is free with doors opening at 6 p.m.

Music festival

Returning from a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cincinnati Music Festival will return to Paul Brown Stadium from July 21 to July 24. 

Famous singer and sister of late pop star Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson will open the festival followed by musical performances from Charlie Wilsona and Ohio-based R & B group the O’Jays among other well-known artists. 

Tickets for the event start at $60 and can cost as much as $500. Tickets can be purchased on the festival site via Ticketmaster. 

Jamie Naylor


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