Fire Up The Night

September 22, 2018

On September 22, Germany, France, and Mexico 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 8:30 pm, 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.

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 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. 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 Marsha Brady.

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

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 now!  See below for more info.

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

The winner will be determined by a 5-judge. Panel will judge based on presentation, structure and scale, colors, originality and music synchronization.

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!

Schedule of Events

4-11 pm: Gates, Rides and Attractions open to the public

4-8 pm: World’s Largest “Empty” Pool Party with inflatables and live music by Marsha Brady in Sunlite Pool

4-8 pm: WARM 98.5 remote at Python Lawn with music and giveaways

4-8 pm: International Celebration in Moonlite Pavilion – beer, wine, and food trucks, PLUS:

  • 4-8 pm: Accordion performances by Bobby Biermann Entertainment
  • 4-6 pm: Live music by French band Lagniappe
  • 6-8 pm: Dance performances by the Cincinnati Baila

8 pm: Greeting and introduction of competitors and judges by FOX19 and WRRM at the stage near Typhoon Tower

8:30 pm: Fireworks begin! Germany, France, and Mexico will present their displays in a random order, followed by a finale by Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks