You would think that having an event for nearly 100 years would entitle you to reserve a date, but this year another group had already reserved the traditional date for Price Hill Day at Coney, the third Wednesday in July. The organizers of the event at the Price Hill Historical Society didn’t panic, however; they just moved the event up to Wednesday, July 9, so the usual neighborhood trek to the amusement park can just be a continuation of Fourth of July festivities.
This year will mark the 99th time Price Hill residents and their friends and families have gathered for what can only be called a rite of summer at a regional amusement park. It hasn’t been 99 straight years at Coney Island, according to the Price Hill Historical Society archives, but the neighborhood party has indeed taken place every year since 1915.
Coney Island closed after Kings Island opened in 1972, and for a few years Price Hill Day was held at Kings Island. But the Price Hill Civic Club, who sponsored the event at that time, decided Kings Island was just too big for a neighborhood picnic. They moved Price Hill Day to a smaller venue, Stricker’s Grove in Ross, Ohio, and continued to have it there until the Price Hill Historical Society took over the arrangements in the mid-1990s.
By that time, Coney Island had reopened, and Price Hill Day moved back and has now been back where it began for 20 years. And even though it’s not the traditional third Wednesday this year, it is indeed on a Wednesday in July, a day that once allowed as many people to come on a weekday as possible. Back the first half of the twentieth century, many businesses that were open on Saturday closed on Wednesday afternoons to give their owners and employees some time off during the week.
“The date change to the second Wednesday was unexpected, but we've always been able to roll with things in Price Hill,” said Joyce Meyer of the Price Hill Historical Society’s Board of Directors this week when the Society announced that tickets for the 99th Price Hill Coney Island Day were on sale. Advance tickets are $15 per person for those ages 4 and older, and $5 for children ages 2, 3, and 4. Price Hill Day advance tickets include parking, admission to Sunlite Pool and all the rides. Regular admission at the gate on July 18 is $23.95 per person, plus parking—that is, you have to get your tickets in advance to get the Price Hill Day price.
Tickets can be purchased for cash on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at the Price Hill Historical Society, 3640 Warsaw Avenue. They are also available during regular business hours at Cincinnati Federal Savings and Loan, 4310 Glenway Avenue, and at Radel Funeral Home, 650 Neeb Road in Delhi Township (call 451-8800 for hours).
For more information about the 99th annual Price Hill Day at Coney Island, visit the Price Hill Historical Society’s website or call them at 513-251-2888.