This National League Central rivalry is always a battle, but July 4’s Military Appreciation Day helps us focus on those who served. Pregame ceremonies, in-game activities and discounted tickets honor military members. $12-$280, 2:10 p.m., 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, mlb.com/reds
After: Enjoy southwest Ohio foliage and geology at the 224-acre Ault Park, which hosts an all-day, family-friendly Fourth of July bash with fireworks, live music and concessions. Free, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., 3600 Observatory Ave.
Reds Rockin’ Birthday Bash
After 150 years, the first professional baseball team celebrates its heritage July 5 with a stadium open house featuring player appearances, live music from 3 Doors Down and Phillip Phillips and interactive experiences designed to make you feel like a big leaguer. Free, 5-11 p.m.
Before: If you find beauty in outfield-wall and scoreboard decor, the American Sign Museum, celebrating commercial signage, is the neon, pop art experience you need. $10-$15, 1330 Monmouth Ave., 513-541-6366, americansignmuseum.org
Reds vs. Cleveland Indians
Go behind enemy lines July 6 & 7 as the Tribe defends the Ohio Cup in round two of the Battle of Ohio. The first 20,000 fans get a commemorative shirt highlighting the rivalry, and players will don historic caps and festive firework socks. $12-$310, July 6 4:10 p.m., July 7 1:10 p.m.
After: Shed your Tribe gear, especially if we win, and head to Rhinegeist Brewery, which serves West Coast-style brews in a former bottling plant in the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. 1910 Elm St., 513-381-1367, rhinegeist.com
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June 24, 2019