7 secret (and not-so-secret) spots to watch Dayton’s fireworks

Want to see the big bada boom this Independence Day?

Some of downtown Dayton’s best Fourth of July fireworks viewing spots are hiding in plain sight. But sometimes you have to be a little creative.

We asked Downtown Dayton Partnership spokeswoman Val Hunt Beerbower for recommendations on some cool places to see the show.




🎇1) The Main Street Garage with access points on First and Main streets. There is a $3 flat fee and you can access all floors.

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🎆 2) From a Kayak on the Great Miami River. This is Val's favorite place to see the show.

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🎇3) Depending on the water levels, along the river near RiverScape's River Run. Bring a lawn chair.

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🎆 4) On the recently replaced, 10.1 million Webster Street Bridge.

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🎇 5) Along the Great Miami Recreational Trail near River's Edge Montessori, 108 Linwood St. in  Dayton.

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🎆Prime spot options (with a price)

6) Fifth Third Field 

It’s not every year we’re lucky enough to have a home Dragons game on the night of the big show. This year, the Dragons Professional Baseball Team takes on Bowling Green at 7 p.m. Fifth Third Field is a prime spot to stick around after the game to catch the lights.

You can still purchase tickets for Wednesday's game at ticketmaster.com.

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7)Bar Granada

The newly reopened Bar Granada at 5 W. Monument Ave. is taking advantage of its riverfront location with a Independence Day Fireworks Viewing Party.  Doors open at 6 p.m. and music begins at 8 p.m. The party is hosted the Dayton Salsa Project with special guest, DJ Mi Gente.

The cost is $15 at the door only, so you might want to arrive early.


A family friendly celebration will begin at 5 p.m. at RiverScape MetroPark. The live music schedule includes:

6-7 p.m. — Dayton Jazz Collection featuring Kelli Campbell

7:30-8:30 p.m. — Brass Tracks Band

9-10 p.m. — D-Funk Band

There will also be food, fun for the whole family and fireworks will close the show at 10 p.m.

Admission is free.

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Credit: Brian Swartz

Credit: Brian Swartz


WHAT: Lights in Flight: Dayton's Fourth of July celebration and fireworks

WHEN: Wednesday, July 3; festival at 5 p.m.- 10 p.m., fireworks at 10 p.m.

WHERE: RiverScape MetroPark, 111 E. Monument Ave., Dayton

COST: FREE admission

INFO: Website

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