All Things Cincy June 29, 2022

My Guide to Celebrating Independence Day in Cincinnati

Looking for July Fourth plans in Cincinnati? From parades, to festivals… live music and firework shows, there’s plenty to do for everyone, all weekend long! Here is my guide to celebrating Independence Day in Cincinnati-
  • 55th Independence Day Fireworks at Ault Park– July 4th. Childrens costume contest and parade starts at 11 AM. There will be food trucks, kids activities, and live music throughout the day. End the evening with the classic firework show at 10 PM.
  • Madeira Independence Day Parade and Celebration– July 2nd. The Madeira Mile is at 4:30 PM, parade is at 5:00 PM, festivities at McDonald Commons Park start at 3: 00 PM, live music starts at 6:00 PM, Fireworks are at 10:00 PM.
  • Sawyer Point Summer Concert Series + Fireworks– July 2nd at Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove. Live music starts at 2:30 PM. Four bands will play throughout the day with fireworks after the last performance.
  • Red, Rhythm and Boom– July 3rd at the Mason Municipal Campus. The fun starts at 4:00 PM with access to carnival and kid zone activities. Guests can enjoy a wide variety of food truck options as well as adult beverages. Stage entertainment starts at 6:00 PM and will continue throughout the night until fireworks at 10:00 PM.
  • Northside 4th of July Parade and Rock-n-Roll Carnival– July 2nd– 4th at Hoffner Park. Starting Saturday from 3 PM -1 AM, Sunday from 3 PM – 1 AM. The party continues Monday at 11 AM and closes at 6 PM.
  • Sparks in the Park– July 3rd, located at Riverside Ballfield in Milford from 7-10 PM. They’ll have DORA cups, Kona Ice, Johnny’s Creamy Whip mobile unit, and Street Fried Food Truck at the event. Live music starts at 7 PM. Rozzi’s Fireworks go off at 10 PM.
  • City of Montgomery Parade and Festival– July 4th at Montgomery Park. The day starts with a parade at 10 AM, followed by a celebration until 2 PM. The parade route runs east along Cooper Road from the Junior High to Montgomery Road and then north to Schoolhouse Lane. Stick around for food, entertainment, and family fun!
  • Red, White and Blue Ash– July 4th, at Summit Park. The fun starts at 4 PM, featuring live music from Gavin DeGraw. There will be family-fun festival rides, local food vendors, drinks, live character performances, and more! Fireworks start at 10 PM.
  • Taps Tastes and Tunes Festival– July 1st – 3rd at VOA Park. The fun starts Friday at 5 PM, featuring food vendors, ice-cold drinks, and live entertainment. Food Vendors will include Sweets & Meats BBQ, Turkey’s R Us, Craft Burger Bros, Big Dog’s Pizza, Graeter’s and more. July 2nd the party is from Noon – 11 PM, July 3rd from Noon- 10 PM. Fireworks are July 3rd at 10 PM.
  • Independence Day Cruise with BB Riverboats– July 3rd from 6:30-11:30 PM on the Ohio River. Independence Day Cruise includes- round-trip cruise to Coney Island for their Balloon Glow & Fireworks, entertainment provided by a DJ, refreshments, reserved indoor seating, full dinner buffet. Bar available to purchase soft drinks, beer, wine, and mixed drinks. Purchase your tickets ahead of time, here.
  • Fourth of July Celebration at Washington Park– July 3rd – 4th. The block party starts Saturday at 3 PM, ending at 10 PM. The party starts again Sunday at 6 PM, ending at 10 PM. Enjoy kids games and activities, live music, food from local vendors and drinks. There will be kids activities, games, local eats and of course a fireworks show after sunset.
  • Post – Game Fireworks with the Cincinnati Reds– July 4th. Watch the Reds play the New York Mets at Great American Ball Park. The baseball game starts at 6:40 PM. Enjoy a special Fourth of July fireworks show after the game. Tickets start at just $12, you can purchase them here.

Fourth of July in the Cincinnati is going to be booming with fun! I hope you all have a safe and fun holiday.

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*Be sure to click the link and check out the website for each event before you head out the door. Please remember to drink responsibly!*
All Things Cincy April 10, 2022

Cincinnati Reds Opening Day Festivities

It’s an exciting week here in Cincinnati…baseball is officially back! Although the Reds open their season on the road for the first time since 1990, there is no need to leave Cincinnati to celebrate. I’ve created a list of everything you need to know to enjoy this annual Cincinnati tradition, right here in our city: 

*All of these events will take place on Tuesday April 12th, 2022* 

Washington Park’s Opening Day PartyFrom 10-4 PM, enjoy parade views, live music, family friendly games and activities, giveaways, drink specials and more!  

Opening Day Party at RhinegeistThe party starts at 9 AM, come party in OTR! Drink specials, live viewing of the game on taproom jumbotron, baseball-themed decor and giveaways. 

Findlay Market Opening Day ParadeStarting at noon, the Parade starts at Findlay Market on Race Street. It will go straight down Race all the way down to 5th, turning east on 5th and ending at the Taft Theater. 

Opening Day at Taft’s Ale House– Taft’s Ale House is opening at 9 AM to begin the celebrations and the first 100 people to purchase a pint of beer will get a FREE Opening Day koozie! There will be drinks, breakfast, lunch, kids pitching games, coloring stations, a photobooth and even a contest! They will be giving away FRONT ROW seats to the parade, right outside on the Ale House patio.  

Opening Day at BeelineThis party is located at Newport on the Levee. Watch the big game on their giant LED’s and enjoy a drink or two at their riverfront cocktail bar! Take advantage of their drink specials. 

Reds Opening Day at Braxton Cincinnati– Kick off Reds Opening Day at Braxton Cincinnati! You can enjoy the first Reds Game of the season at 4:10 PM at Braxton Brewing Co. They have cold drinks, great vibes and tons of TV’s… you can’t miss the game here! 

Opening Day at The Banks– Several establishments at The Banks will be opening early to celebrate the return of baseball in Cincinnati. Enjoy drinks specials and all-day celebrations. Not to mention, this location is a part of the DORA zone.  

As always, be safe, have fun and go Reds! 

Tips November 24, 2021

Holiday Hosting Checklist- Ways to Make Your Guests Feel Welcome

It’s always great to have family visit and stay with you over the holidays. You get to be a tourist in your own city, as you show them around your fav places and eat at local hot spots. When your guests arrive, you want to make sure they feel comfortable in your home. Here’s a holiday hosting checklist of ways to make your guests feel welcome in your home this season:

-Offer to leave a key or your keyless entry code. Sometimes it’s just easier that way.

-Offer a house tour upon arrival. Make sure your guests feel comfortable and know where everything is (especially where the extra toilet paper or towels are located, ha!)

-Have the essentials clean and ready to go. Make sure you have nice, clean sheets, plenty of fluffy pillows, and extra blankets near the bed. Have extra towels clean and folded. Everyone has different comfort levels and what you might think is enough actually won’t be!

-Have a welcoming basket! Collect body wash, shampoo, toothpaste, lotion, toothbrushes etc. and put them in a cute basket in your guest room.  (I love using free samples or hotel freebies that I’ve collected for this.) Maybe even add some of their fav snacks and candy!

-Make room for their belongings. Whether they’re staying in a spare bedroom room or sleeping on an air mattress in the living room, you want to make sure to provide an area where your guests can put their things and not feel like they’re in the way.

-Place a charger by their bed. There is nothing worse than traveling and forgetting your phone charger.

-Have extra water bottles ready to go! Setting a water bottle or two on your night stand can add an extra touch.

-Have a notecard with the wifi password written down so your guests can easily access the internet.

-Stock the fridge. Is there a special snack or drink you know your guests love? Get it all at the store beforehand. Make sure you have enough alcohol and coffee. Remember, they are on vacation!

-Get out of the house! Provide a travel guide or make an itinerary. Yes, I’ve made an itinerary for my family this week! You get to show off your city, make it fun.

Making friends and family feel welcome is so important. Give yourself a pat on the back for being this years host. I hope you enjoy this special time with your loved ones! Happy Holidays!