Is it just us or do you agree that celebrations are in order? The weather has been wonderful lately, COVID counts are decreasing every day, and our little – and very loud – cicada visitors are finally saying their final goodbyes. Cincinnati summer (finally) feels like it’s officially in full swing! 

With the city feeling more and more “normal” with every passing month, we say it’s time to celebrate! And, with the help of vaccinations, social distancing measures, and your favorite Rookwood shops, we can all welcome the summer season well. What better way than with safe Fourth of July celebrations? 

There are plenty of activities scheduled throughout the Tri-State this weekend. Today, we break down some of our favorite festivities in the Greater Cincinnati area. 

Friday, July 2nd: Hamilton 

Come to “Red, White & Carts Tour” for an anything-but-ordinary Fourth of July experience. For this event, guided tours of Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum will be running all night long, complete with a bottle of red wine plus cheese and crackers. Reserve your spot at

Rookwood Must-Haves: 

  • Old Navy: Shop in store to find the best patriotic gear that will stand out on the tour. 
  • Three Dog Bakery: Prepare for the firework-filled weekend with special treats that will calm your pup, even with all the ruckus. 


Saturday, July 3rd: Mount Lookout

Ault Park will host a full day of family-friendly fun. The day kicks off with a children’s parade and contest at 11:00 a.m. and ends with a fantastic firework display at 10:00 p.m. Stop by for plenty of kid’s activities, delicious food truck bites, and entertaining live music in a gorgeous park setting. 

Rookwood Must-Haves: 

  • Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI): Stock up on outdoor gear to make firework viewing cool and comfortable. 
  • Sur La Table: If you’re lucky enough to be able to see the fireworks from the comfort of your home, grab some festive kitchenware for your backyard feast.


Sunday, July 4th: Downtown and Over-the-Rhine

The city center will be filled with Fourth of July activities from the riverside to OTR. Two Cincinnati parks will host a day of fun for all. Come to Sawyer Point for live music with Sarah Sugar and the High Crimes, Crown Watts, Classic Rock Experience, and Thunderstruck, then stick around for an evening fireworks display. Or, visit Washington Park for the Over-the-Rhine Independence Day Block Party. 

Rookwood Must-Haves: 

  • DSW: Snag a new pair of good walking shoes to comfortably celebrate at every event. 
  • Sephora: Don’t forget protective sunscreen to protect your skin from sunburn while you’re exploring our city with this full day of activities. 


All Weekend Long: The Banks 

The Cincinnati Reds play the Chicago Cubs for the Fourth of July weekend. This Midwest rivalry has been going on since 1890, making it one of the longest-running rivalries in baseball history. Even if you’re a Cubs fan living in Cincinnati (no judgment), a weekend at the ballpark is the perfect way to connect with our community. For the Friday evening game, you can expect an extra-special fireworks presentation after the game. But, you’ll want to arrive early for the Saturday afternoon game. For this “Super Saturday” game, the Reds will be doing a patriotic T-shirt giveaway. As for Sunday afternoon, this is the day for families with giveaways for kids, carnival games, and more.

Rookwood Must-Haves: 

  • Rally House: Pick up some new lightweight Red’s gear to show your team spirit in comfort. 
  • Bath & Body Works: Keep health top of mind all weekend long with a new bottle of travel size hand sanitizer. 


Whether you bop around to all parts of the city or stick to an exciting baseball series, this weekend is sure to be one to remember. No matter where or how you celebrate, we hope you enjoy ringing in the CIncinnati summer this weekend.