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The 4th of July is a big deal in Columbus! In addition to Red, White and Boom, which is one of the largest fireworks displays in the Midwest, there are so many Independence Day celebrations, parades, and fireworks in Columbus on the 4th of July. Several communities hold festivals and fireworks in the days leading up to the 4th of July, so you’ll have the chance to enjoy more than one! While all of the info below has been verified for 2018, check the links provided below once you decide which ones you’ll attend, as details, dates, and times could change.
June 22-23: Musical entertainment, merchants, food vendors, Mount Carmel Kids’ Zone, activity stations, animal visits, rides, games, and a local beer and wine beverage tent – plus free fireworks on Saturday at 10:15 p.m.
June 28 – July 1: Independence Day celebration at John Bishop Park
July 3, 6 – 10 p.m. Fireworks viewing party at Whitehall-Yearling High School’s football stadium. Tickets required – see info here
July 4, 10 a.m. Parade from Poth Road to Yearling Road to Etna Road
- 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. LC Summer Bash at Olentangy High School Stadium, featuring Cure Culture and Pray for Sleep, inflatables, and food trucks. Preferred parking is available for $5.
- 10 p.m. Fireworks
Picnic with the Pops: Patriotic Pops with Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus
June 30 at 8 pm: The Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus joins the Columbus Symphony’s grand summer tradition celebrating the Fourth of July. Enjoy an evening of patriotic favorites and rousing Sousa marches, including “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” topped off with a brilliant display of fireworks! Bring a picnic and enjoy an evening at this casual family-friendly event with the Columbus Symphony. Tickets are $25
July 1-4: Daily Concessions/Rides/Free Entertainment
July 1: Streetfair opens. Live music and Granville’s Got Talent
July 2: Streetfair, rides, concessions and music. Party at Wildwood Park from 8-10 pm, followed by fireworks at 10 pm.
July 3: Streetfair, rides, concessions and music
July 4: Firecracker 5 Mile Race (7:45am), Parade (10:45am) Food concessions, rides, activities
- 8:30 am Firecracker Trot
- 4-7 pm Fun Fest at Worthington Hills Elementary
- 4:30 pm Stars and Stripes Softball Games
- Noon Parade
Dusk Fireworks at Worthington Hills Country Club
July 2-3: Streetfest opens at 5 pm each day; rides, food, live music,
July 4: Parade at 11 am, Streetfest opens at Noon with rides, food, live music, and car show. Fireworks at 10 pm.
July 3: Red White and Boom – All day along the riverfront ending with the most recognized firework display in the Midwest
July 3: Gates open at 5:30 for this sister festival of Red White and Boom at Columbus Clippers Huntington Park Stadium! Live music features British Invasion (before and after fireworks) and A Hard Day’s Night. Admission is just $5 at the gate, with the opportunity to purchase wristbands for extreme fun, inflatables, and more. Concessions will be available.
July 3: Festivities begin at 7 pm at the Sportsman Club. Parking is $2.00 per car. Event features food vendors, entertainment: Little Miss Firecracker Pageant followed by Unusual Suspects Band until 9:30. Fireworks start at Dusk
- 6 p.m.: Independence Day Concert and Fireworks display at Martha Grace Reese Amphitheater with food and beverages for sale.
- Dusk: Fireworks at OSU-Newark Campus (1179 University Dr)
More Information: 740-670-7500
- 6:00 p.m. Festival in Civic Park: inflatables, food vendors, face painting, entertainment
- 9:45 p.m Fireworks
- 10 a.m. Fourth of July Parade – Rosehill to Main to Huber Park
- 8 a.m.: John Barr 5K, $30 advance registration fee/$35 on-site day of
- 9:30 a.m.: 4th of July parade, rain or shine “We the People!”
- 6 p.m.: Community celebration (events, music, food, located at front lawn of Capital University)
- 10 p.m.: Fireworks (at Capital University)
- 8 am: 4 on the 4th four mile run
- 8 am – 11 am: Community Breakfast at Whetstone Park Main Shelter House; $10 adult/ $5 kids 7 and under child.
- 9 am: Flag Raising behind the main Shelter House
- 9:45 am: Pet Parade
- 10 am: Kids’ Bike Parade
- 10 am: N.C.I.L All Star Game
- 11 am – 3 pm: Fishing Derby for ages 16 and under. No poles or bait needed!
- 3 pm – 10 pm: Concessions and entertainment in the park
10 pm: Fireworks at Whetstone Park (3923 N High St)
- 8 am – Freedom 4 Miler Run (Starts and ends at Orange High School), followed by the parade
- 10 am: Olentangy Fourth of July Parade steps off from Olentangy Orange High School to Walker Woods Blvd and ends at Walker Woods Park
- 7 pm – 10 pm: Delaware 4th of July Celebrations. The Central Ohio Symphony will perform its traditional outdoor concert at Philips Glen on Ohio Wesleyan University campus beginning at 7:30 pm. Chair seating is available for $6 or BYO Blanket. Fireworks cap the day, beginning after the concert at about 10 pm
- 8 a.m. Sherm Sheldon fishing derby
- 9 a.m. Inflation celebration for the parade at Graeters
- 11 a.m. Independence Day parade from Metro Place turning north onto Frantz Road, east on Bridge Street, then continues south on High Street ending at Waterford Drive
- 4:30 p.m. Evening celebration at Dublin Coffman HS Stadium (wristband required) featuring Doc Robinson and Sheryl Crow. Dublin residents and Dublin School District residents will be able to purchase Stadium wristbands guaranteeing access to the event beginning June 18 at 8 a.m. Proof of residency is required. All sales take place at the Dublin Community Recreation Center during normal operating hours. Wristbands are $5 and are limited to 8 per household. Unsold Stadium wristbands will be free to the general public and available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10 a.m. on July 4 at Dublin Coffman High School Stadium.
- 9:50 p.m. Fireworks
- 10:30 a.m. Lions Club Parade starting at Clark Hall
- 5 – 9 p.m. Community Family Day with live music Children’s area, family entertainment, and more throughout Creekside Park and Olde Gahanna
10 p.m. Fireworks at Gahanna Municipal Golf Course (opens at 8 for seating)
July 4: Firecracker 5 Mile Race (7:45am), Parade (10:45am) Food concessions, rides, activities, pet parade, and more
- 7:45 am Firecracker 5 Mile Race
- 10:45 am Parade
- Noon – 11 pm Streetfair midway with concessions, rides, entertainment, and more
- 5:30 pm Patriotic Pet Parade and Contest
- Noon – 11 pm Streetfair, rides, concessions and music.
- Noon – 11 pm Streetfair, rides, concessions and music.
- 8 – 10 pm Party at Wildwood Park
- 10 pm Fireworks at Wildwood Park
- Noon – 10 pm Streetfair, rides, concessions and music.
- 6 pm Granville’s Got Talent
- 6 pm – 10:30 pm: Patriotic music in the Grove City High School football stadium and family activities at the Grove City Church of the Nazarene
- 9:50 pm: Fireworks (rain date fireworks only July 5)
- 11 am Parade begins at Groveport Recreation Center followed by bands, games, and activities all day long
- 1 pm – 5 pm Free Children’s Activities
- 1 pm – 9:50 pm Free live music and more
- Dusk Fireworks!
- 10 a.m. Parade departs from Franklin County Fairgrounds
- 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. Carnival Rides, Games and Festival Food at Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park from 3-10 pm.
- 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. The pool will open at noon and offer pool activities and games from 2-4 p.m.
- 9:45 p.m. Fireworks at Reynolds Municipal Park
- 7:55 am New Albany Independence Day 5k – Orangetheory Fitness; 5k, Kids Run, and Toddler Crawl
- 9:30 am Pet Parade
- 11 am New Albany Independence Day Parade Starts at the Middle School lot, right onto Dublin Granville Rd., left onto Market St., left onto State Rte. 62, left onto Dublin Granville Rd.
- 6:30 pm Festival at Church of the Resurrection (6300 E. Dublin Granville Rd) Family activities, games, clowns, characters, food trucks, and concert with The Menus
- Dusk Fireworks
- 10 am Parade “We Stand Together”
- 11 am – 8 pm Chicken BBQ and festival at BV West School and other activities including tractor pull, contests, live music, and more
- Dusk Fireworks
- 4 p.m.: Victory Park opens
- 6 p.m.: July Fourth parade
- 7:30 p.m.: Opening ceremonies and live music
- 10 p.m.: Fireworks at Victory Park (829 Hill Road North)
- 3 pm Parade
- 7 pm Events at Pastime Park with live music, bounce house, and food concessions
- Dusk Fireworks at Pastime Park (344-350 N Chillicothe St)
- 10 am – 7 pm Block party at Buttles and High
- 1 pm Parade begins to celebrate Liberty & Lunacy! If you’ve never been to this wacky parade, you should check it out!
- 7 am – 3 pm: Antiques, Arts & Crafts Fair on the Square sponsored by the Sunbury/Big Walnut Area Chamber of Commerce
- 8 am – 4 pm: Galena Flea Market and Community Garage Sale at Miller Park
- 9 am – all day: 18th Annual Corey Lehman Memorial Volleyball Tournament at BWHS
- 10 am: Parade (Begins at Big Walnut High School), Antiques, Arts & Crafts Fair, Hot Dog Eating Contest
- 11 am – 3 pm: Kids Zone on the Square sponsored by the Sunbury/Big Walnut Area Chamber of Commerce!
- 6 pm – 10 pm: Big Walnut High School Festival
- 8 pm: 2nd Annual Outhouse Race sponsored by Wells Septic!
- 10 pm: Fireworks at the High School
- 6:30 am Wake up calls – UACA volunteers hustle through the streets of Upper Arlington to noisily announce that the much anticipated day of celebration has begun. Get personalized shout outs to your “favorite” UA residents for only $10.
- 9 am Parade
- 5 pm Party in the park
- 10 pm Fireworks at Northam Park (2070 Northam Rd)
- 8 a.m. Rotary July 4th 5K Run/Walk and Children’s Fun Run at Alum Creek Park North
- 1 p.m. Fourth of July parade and food drive (uptown Westerville, can be seen from multiple locations). Canned and packaged food items will be collected by WARM volunteers with shopping carts.
- 2 – 10 p.m. Fun, food trucks, and music at Westerville South H.S., plus July 4th Concert Series
- 10 p.m. Fireworks launched from Alum Creek Park South near Park Meadow Road and Schrock Road. Rain date: July 5 at dusk
- 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.: Family picnic with music, games, food trucks, costume characters, and more at Thomas Worthington High School, activities at the McConnell Art Center with a bier garden and entertainment
- 10 p.m.: Fireworks; best viewed from the Family Picnic area at Thomas Worthington, or at the football stadium to the west of the high school.