Fire Up The Night

September 23, 2017

On September 23, countries from around the world will be competing in Coney Island’s annual firework competition, Fire Up the Night. Spend the day riding rides, canoeing on Lake Como or playing a round of mini golf. Enjoy a LaRosa’s pizza and other Cincinnati favorites plus live entertainment at the world’s largest “empty-pool” party at Sunlite Water Adventure. Beginning at 8pm, the competing countries will light up the night sky with 3 firework displays as they compete in hopes of being voted the winning display. Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks will end the evening with a fantastic finale over Lake Como. This family night out begins at 4pm and is sure to be a night your family will never forget.


Cruise-A-Palooza, a classic car show featuring a variety of makes and models from different decades. Cruise-A-Palooza has been rescheduled to be a fun part of Fire Up the Night. Visitors can enjoy classic show cars and talking with the car owners.

Also new this year, in Moonlite Pavilion visitors can experience the unique cultures of one of the countries competing in Fire Up The Night. Interactive music, dancing, and art displays from Japan will be presented to be both fun and educational for family members of all ages.

Families can also join in the world’s largest “empty-pool” party, hosted by WRRM Warm98’s Bob & Marianne. Starting at 4 p.m., Coney’s massive Sunlite Water Adventure will be home to this waterless pool party featuring live entertainment by local band “Gee, Your Band Smells Terrific.”

For the first time ever, the best-of-the-best will be going head to head to claim international bragging rights in a champion’s show-down. Portugal, Japan and Greece will return to Coney Island to compete in the only international fireworks’ competition in the United States. Portugal won the competition in 2013, Japan in 2014 and Greece in 2016.

Gates open at 4pm. Fireworks begin at 8:30pm.  $25 per carload – includes parking, Rides & Attractions and event admission.

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Admission for Fire Up the Night is $25 per carload and includes parking, rides and attractions, entry to the world’s largest “empty-pool” party and live entertainment and more. Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.  See below for more info.

Family F.U.N. Pak

Make the most out of the night and get the whole package. The Family F.U.N. Pak includes event admission, parking, rides and attractions PLUS one large pizza from LaRosa’s and FOUR soft drinks for only $49.99. Purchase the Pak in advance and enjoy a night of Fireworks, Family and Fun on September 23rd!

Event Details


Carload pricing applies only to average size vehicles (cars, trucks, minivans) with legally seated passengers. Additional passengers will be charged $5.00 per person.

  • Season Passholders (passholder must be driving): $20 per carload
  • Commercial and high-capacity vans and limousines: $50.00
  • Buses and RV’s: $100.00
  • Walk-ins: $5.00
  • No re-entry
  • No outside food or beverage permitted
  • Guests may bring chairs for seating. No lounge chairs or oversized chairs please.
Fireworks begin at 8:30pm over Lake Como

Competitor and judge introductions will begin at 8:00.

The winner will be determined by a 5-judge panel and audience text vote. Panel will judge based on presentation, structure and scale, colors, originality and music synchronization. Audience text voting will open after final competitive display. Text info will be distributed on flyers at gate and will be posted throughout the park!

The first display will begin at 8:30 with about 20-30 minutes between each display. Following the international competition and Awards Ceremony, Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks will fire up the night in a thundering finale not to be missed!