Red, White & Blue Ash Cancelled (updated May 7, 2020)
For the health and safety of residents, guests, vendors and employees, the City of Blue Ash is announcing the difficult decision to cancel Red, White & Blue Ash on July 4, 2020, at Summit Park.
Due to the uncertainty over the spread of the coronavirus and future statewide orders for large gatherings, it was necessary to cancel the event earlier, rather than later, for the best interest of attendees, employees, sponsors and vendors.
“Red, White & Blue Ash is important to the Blue Ash community and it is important to us. It has been a major part of this City’s identity for decades. This decision was made with heavy hearts, but we believe it is the right thing to do,” said Blue Ash Parks and Recreation Director Brian Kruse. “We know how disappointing it is for the tens of thousands of guests who join us for the 4th of July every year, and we share in that disappointment, but keeping everyone healthy and safe right now must take precedence.”
The only other time Red, White & Blue Ash has been cancelled was due to severe weather in 2005.
Thank you to the supporters, sponsors, vendors and employees who have worked together to make Red, White & Blue Ash one of the top fireworks shows in the country. The City of Blue Ash looks forward to working with you again to bring the community together for incredible Red, White & Blue Ash celebrations in 2021 and beyond.
Thank you to presenting sponsors MSA Design, Kroger, Toyota and WARM98.5, and additional sponsors Cumulus Radio (94.1Cat Country, FOX92.5, 103.5WGRR, and 96Rock), DoubleTree Suites, WCPO, Miller Coors, Coca Cola, Academy Rental Group, Cincinnati Catering and Concessions, and Arthur Rozzi Pyrotechnics.
For the full list of cancelled events in Blue Ash and any upcoming “virtual” happenings, please check the Blue Ash Events website (blueashevents.com) and Facebook (facebook.com/BlueAshEvents) for updates. For information on ways the City of Blue Ash is helping to stop the spread of COVID-19, please visit blueash.com.
ABOUT RED, WHITE & BLUE ASH
The City of Blue Ash has been presenting Red, White & Blue Ash for over 30 years as a way to give back to the community and celebrate the 4th of July. Over the years, it has grown from a community-wide event to one that draws visitors from all over the Tri-State and beyond. In recent years, the event at Summit Park has entertained hundreds of thousands of people. Besides featuring breathtaking fireworks by Arthur Rozzi Pyrotechnics, the event features national recording artists like Kansas, Styx and the Doobie Brothers, food vendors, and fun activities for the whole family.
A message for our sponsors and vendors:
"For the health and safety of residents, guests, vendors and employees, the City of Blue Ash is announcing the difficult decision to cancel Red, White & Blue Ash on July 4, 2020, at Summit Park. This is not a decision we made lightly. We understand the impact this will have on your business and share in your disappointment. We hope you understand that we made this decision after carefully weighing all options. We believe this is the right thing to do in light of the uncertainty over the spread of the coronavirus and restrictions on large gatherings. On behalf of the City of Blue Ash, we want to thank you for your support of Red, White & Blue Ash. We look forward to working with you again to bring the community together for incredible Red, White & Blue Ash celebrations in 2021 and beyond."
A message for Summer Concert Series fans, vendors and performers:
"The City of Blue Ash has decided to cancel Red, White & Blue Ash due large-scale nature of the event and concerns over health and safety regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. However, event planners continue to brainstorm options for social distancing for our smaller concerts in the Summer Concert Series. We have informed performers and vendors that we will be making decisions to proceed or cancel individual concerts two weeks in advance of the scheduled shows. We are working hard to find solutions to bring you the great entertainment you have come to expect from the City of Blue Ash. Thank you for your patience and understanding and be sure to check blueashevents.com and social media for updates.”
(April 8, 2020 - Blue Ash)
"Due to the uncertainty over future statewide COVID-19 restrictions and for the well-being of all, the City of Blue Ash has made the difficult, but necessary decision to cancel all events through June 14, 2020. These cancellations include, but are not limited to, SummitFest on June 13, the Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony on May 25, the Public Works Touch-A-Truck on May 20, and the Blue Ash Police Bike Rodeo on June 3 (see the full list of cancellations below).
The goal is to bring you outstanding family-friendly events, but the top priority is the health and safety of residents, guests, vendors, performers and employees. Thank you for your patience and understanding as further changes could cause additional postponements or cancellations.
“These event cancellations are heartbreaking for staff and the visitors who enjoy them, but it is imperative that we do all we can to flatten the curve and protect each other during these unprecedented times,” said Parks and Recreation Director Brian Kruse. “We look forward to coming out on the other side of this, and getting back to work on bringing you the best events in the region.”
As social distancing practices and Stay-at-Home orders continue, the Parks and Recreation Department is working behind-the-scenes on some new, creative opportunities for residents to enjoy. These may include “virtual” opportunities, similar to our Recreation Team’s “Virtual Health and Wellness Chat” on Zoom every Monday at noon, and even a drive-thru Farmers Market!
For the full list of cancelled events see below. For updates on any upcoming “virtual” happenings, please check (www.blueashevents.com) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/BlueAshEvents).
A message for our SummitFest sponsors and vendors:
"On behalf of the City of Blue Ash, we want to thank you for your support of SummitFest 2020. Cancelling the event was not a decision taken lightly by the City, but we have made this difficult decision in order to put the safety of our community, performers, vendors and employees first. We realize how much this impacts your business and we ask for understanding in these unprecedented times. Although we considered it, rescheduling SummitFest is not feasible, due to the planning involved and the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope that you will join us for SummitFest in 2021 when we’ll all be able to celebrate the start of summer together!”
The following is the full list of cancelled events as of April 8, 2020:
April 11 Saturday
Hunt House Open House
April 25 Saturday
Greater Cincinnati Earth Day
12-5PM Summit Park
May 2 Saturday
Barre 3 in the Park
9:30-10:30AM Summit Park
Playhouse in the Park, Dragons Love Tacos
7PM Blue Ash Recreation Center
Field Day Fit Fest
10AM-1PM Summit Park
May 16 Saturday
8:30AM-12:30PM Summit Park
May 20 Wednesday
Touch a Truck
4-7PM Summit Park
May 25 Monday
Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony
May 31 Sunday
Children’s Theatre, Cinderella Wore Cowbot Boots
June 2 and June 9
Tuesday Night Concert
7-9PM Blue Ash Nature Park
June 3 Bike Rodeo Wednesday
3:30-7PM Summit Park
Friday Night Concert
8-11PM Blue Ash Towne Square
June 13 Saturday
4-11PM Summit Park
June 4, 5, 6 and June 11, 12, 13
East Side Players Performances
Blue Ash Nature Park