Turn your Fourth of July weekend into three days of celebration.  All over town, villages and cities are providing us an opportunity to celebrate our nation's beginnings.  Just so you don't miss them, here is information about some of the excitement.  Since my birthday is July 4, I'm sure you are also celebrating my birthday!

JULY 2Fireworks - cincinnati

Madeira - Downtown Madeira all the way to Sellman Park. This is part of Madeira's celebration of its Centennial. There will be floats in the parade starting at 6:30 pm with fun and food in the Park until fireworks at 10 pm. Free.

JULY 3

Coney Island Park - LaRosa's Balloon Glow -Starting at 1 pm until fireworks at 10 pm. Coney Island comes alive at the 11th Annual LaRosa’s Balloon Glow! Live music, family entertainment and Coney's Classic Rides make for a fun-filled evening. New this year, see the Wallenda Family Thrill Show at Sunlite Pool! Later, the evening sky illuminates when as many as 20 hot air balloons of every color “glow” for all to see. The grand finale for the event is a spectacular Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks display over the banks of Lake Como beginning at 10pm. Entrance is free.  Fees for pool, rides and parking.

Mason -  Red, Rhythm and Boom - At the Corwin Nixon Park, the fun starts at 2:30 pm and continues until fireworks art 10:30 pm. Features parachute jumpers, clowns, carnival rides, balloon artists, face painting and food.  Music all day. Free 

Anderson Township - "Hometown Pride" Independence Day Parade - Over 100 entrants will cover the route along Beechmont Avenue to the Anderson Towne Center, starting at 11 am.  Afterwards there is a vintage car show, games for children, and  food.  Entertainment from Robin Lacy and DeZydeco.  There are prizes for the best floats or displays. Categories include: most spirited, most patriotic, best business, best neighborhood, and best float.  Additionally, there is a photo contest, where judges will choose one photo taken during the parade that best exemplifies this year's theme.

Mount Washington - Parade -The American Legion Post 484 and the Mt. Washington Community Council are sponsoring the parade that starts at 10 am from Stanberry Park to the Legion Hall. Decorate your bike or trike and be at the Park by 9:15 am to participate in a "best decorated" contest.  Then join in the fun as part of the Independence Day Parade.

JULY 4

William Howard Taft National Historic Site - Ice Cream Social - Tour the former home of William Howard Taft and enjoy the ice cream social on the lawn.  Wonder if they will make us turn a crank style ice cream maker to make our own.  I remember doing that with some mighty fine ice cream my mom made.  Makes you wonder if the 27th President and 10th Chief Justice of the United States ever made ice cream on the lawn of his boyhood home!

Fountain Square -Music, Movies and Fireworks! -Oh, My!  11 am is the starting time for the 2010 Pride Parade, starting at Sentinel St. traveling on Fifth and ending on Race Street.  Immediately following is the 2010 Pride Festival on Fountain Square.  There will be an entertainment stage with a great lineup of live music, a dance floor and full service bars. From 6-9 pm, an evening of gospel, soul and R&B will be a fun way to lay back and relax.  Musicians featured include Adam Joseph, Alfred Beasley & Purple Rose and DJ Easz.  P & G is sponsoring the Rozzi's Famous Fireworks show at 9:15.

Ault Park - Hyde Park and Mt. Lookout in CincinnatiHyde Park - Ault Park Fourth of July Celebration- The Cincinnati East Tea Party could not let this 50 year tradition go  by the wayside.  They have taken over the event.  A Bike/scooter Parade for ages 12 and under will start at noon with registration by 11:30 am.  Helmets are required.  Games and prizes start at 6 pm.  Patriotic Independence Day recognition at 7:45 pm followed by music from Blue Stone Ivory.  Rozzi's Famous Fireworks at 10 pm.  Any profits will benefit the Nashville Flood Relief program with the American Red Cross.