DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A July 4 event that draws thousands to downtown Dayton is back this year after the COVID-19 pandemic caused last year’s festival to be canceled.
Saturday is the City of Dayton Lights in Flight Festival at the RiverScape MetroPark.
“It’s coming back with a bang, there’s something so festive about fireworks,” said Meredith Adamisin, RiverScape Manager at Five Rivers MetroParks.
Lights in Flight will be the first major festival at RiverScape MetroPark since the pandemic.
“Riverscape is known for its events,” Adamisin said. “Riverscape has big festivals, this has been highlighted as a priority in our comprehensive master plan, community surveys, people love to come here.”
This year’s Lights in Flight festival starts earlier on Saturdays, at noon instead of 5 p.m.
The event will have live music, food, drink and vendors throughout the day and the fireworks display begins at 10pm.
“It’s another thing than COVID to shut everything down, I mean it will be a good experience to see everyone with no restrictions and just have a good time with the fireworks,” said Darion Manuel, a resident of Dayton.
RiverScape staff said they were happy that this celebration could trigger the return of other events to the park.
“It truly is a chance for such a diverse collection from our community to come together to celebrate something so important and I just couldn’t imagine a more fitting return for our festival season,” said Adamisin.
Adamisin said Lights in Flight typically attracts 40,000 to 80,000 people each year, and organizers expect this year to attract large crowds.