The City of Xenia, Ohio's annual festival and fireworks display will be held on Friday, July 7.
City of Xenia celebrates Independence Day with 8th annual "Kevin Sonnycalb Memorial Fireworks Festival
The City of Xenia is pleased to once again host Xenia Rotary Club's annual "Kevin Sonnycalb Memorial Fireworks Festival" at the City's iconic Shawnee Park on Friday, July 7, 2023. The fireworks festival will be held alongside the City's Red, White & Blue Block Party in downtown Xenia, which will run from 3 p.m. - 8 p.m..
This year's block party will feature live music, sand sculptures, more than a dozen food trucks, a cornhole tournament hosted by the Ohio Riders professional cornhole team, toy show, cruise-in and children's activities including face painting and games for children of all ages.
The fireworks, presented by the Xenia Rotary Club, will begin at 10 p.m. and will showcase nearly 30 minutes of uninterrupted pyrotechnics. Ahead of the fireworks display, visitors to the festival at Shawnee Park will have a variety of activities available to them including more than a dozen food trucks, bouncy houses, and live music.
This will be the ninth (9th) year the City of Xenia has hosted the fireworks show. "Thousands of people attend this festival each year to enjoy high quality entertainment, food, and one of the best fireworks show in the region," said Xenia City Manager Brent Merriman. "This year we have a special surprise for the finale and are excited to show it off. This event is truly one of Xenia's most beloved traditions."
The annual fireworks show and festival is named in honor of Xenia Rotarian Kevin Sonnycalb, who embodied Rotary's motto of 'Service Above Self.' "The Xenia Rotary Club is pleased to be an integral part of this now, the eighth (8th) year of the Xenia Rotary Kevin Sonnycalb Memorial Fireworks Festival," said Xenia Rotary President Joe Kennedy. "We do so with such pride as Kevin was a dear friend, not to mention fellow Xenia Rotarian, and a mentor to me and so many other younger folks growing up in this fine town." Following Kevin's passing, the Sonnycalb family, through their foundation, worked with Xenia Rotary to bring the annual fireworks back to Xenia in 2015.
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