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Celebrating the 4th of July is a big deal in Columbus! Unfortunately, many community 4th of July celebrations, parades, and fireworks are cancelled or postponed for 2020. While your celebrations may be mostly at home, you can still celebrate our nation’s freedom. Read below for the status of 4th of July celebrations and fireworks in Columbus and around Central Ohio for 2020.
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! Check the links provided below once you decide which ones you’ll attend, as details, dates, and times could change.
4th of July Fireworks, Parades, and Celebrations Around Columbus
The Rotary Club of Westerville, City of Westerville, and Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights have partnered together to bring the Lights of Liberty to the Westerville Athletic Complex, 325 N. Cleveland Ave. from July 1-5, 2020. Tickets are $10 per vehicle
July 4, 2020: Obetz will have fireworks on July 4th, 2020, but people are asked to enjoy them from their homes. According to the mayor, “I anticipate that all parks will be closed during the event to ensure the safety of our residents and the exclusion of outside guests. I have not decided on a location yet because locations must be vetted for safety by the village and the fireworks vendor.”
July 2, July 3, July 4: Streetfest cancelled, but 4-5 of the food trucks that normally come to Streetfest plan to be on the Huntington parking lot The 2nd, 3rd and 4th.
July 4: Fireworks will be set off in Converse Park at 10 pm. Fireworks are intended to be watched from home. All Village parks will be closed as we understand it. Converse Drive will be blocked and only residents and guest will be allowed to pass. Guest must know the address of their sponsor. US 40 (Main St) at both the East and West ends of Town will be blocked at 9:45pm on the 4th. Local resident and their guest will be allowed to pass and move freely about the Village
Most events have been cancelled for the 4th of July, but they will have a cruising parade for residents.
July 4 – Crusin’ On The 4th of July: Residents can decorate a car or golf cart and be a part of a caravan that will “cruise” through the neighborhood at noon on July 4. There will be no theme, so families will be encouraged to be creative and decorate their vehicle in a manner that is appropriate and reflects what they feel is most important about the day and holiday. Those wishing to join the parade will wait at the end of their driveway until the parade passes, and they can join at the end. Residents can also choose to watch and celebrate in their front yards. There will also be a Yard Decoration/Yard Float Contest See full details here.
2021 will Celebrate 50 Magical Years of Worthington Hills Fourth of July
Festival is cancelled for 2020: Red White and Boom – All day along the riverfront ending with the most recognized firework display in the Midwest.
July 1-4: Catch the 4-day Patriotic Red, White & BOOM! TV Event looking back over the years of the tradition of honoring veterans and the largest fireworks show in the Midwest
- Regular celebrations are cancelled, but Bexley residents can celebrate with A Front-Yard Fourth of July in Bexley.
July 4: Parade, celebration, concert, and fireworks are cancelled for 2020
- City is hosting an American Spirit decorating contest for homes/businesses. See details.
- Bike brigades will be held in various neighborhoods for residents
- Sherm Sheldon fishing derby is 9-day fishing competition for all ages. Fishing may take place at any pond. Submit pictures and measurements online at the link below no later than 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, July 4, 2020. Your fish must be pictured beside the measuring template or a tape measure. The longest fish in each age category will be awarded a gift card to a local Dublin business. Winners announced Monday, July 8, 2020.
Public events cancelled for 2020. There will be a city organized parade through the neighborhoods that residents can enjoy from their front yard. See parade route and details here.
- July 1-14 New Albany Independence Day Virtual 5k Orangetheory Fitness 5k. Participants can run or walk anytime from July 1 to July 14, 2020!
Adapted for 2020
- Home decorating contest and other at-home activities. See details.
- 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 Front Porch Parade
- Cancelled Party in the park
- Cancelled Fireworks at Northam Park (2070 Northam Rd)
- 10 pm: Thunder in the Valley Fireworks presented by Nelsonville Division of Fire. Due to COVID-19 precautions vehicle parking on the Hocking College campus is limited to every other parking spot. Additionally, there will be no food vendors, bleachers, picnic tables, or restrooms/porta pottys available for spectators. Spectators are encouraged to bring their own chairs and to practice social distancing and use face coverings. 3301 Hocking Pkwy. Nelsonville, Ohio 45764
- 10 pm: Fireworks at Frew Memorial Park. The Frazeysburg Pool is open & FREE with DJ all day; capacity may be limited. The band Crimson Wavelength is performing at Frew Memorial at 7:30 pm. Please follow all safety precautions
June 27 (rain date June 28)
- Dusk: Fireworks will be set off at Licking Valley Elementary School. Visitors may find parking at the high school, middle school, Adkins Park or by the bike trail, but the elementary school lot will be closed off.
Postponed for 2020
Saturday, September 19, 2020
- 11 am – 10 pm Block party at Goodale Park
- 1 pm Parade begins to celebrate Liberty & Lunacy! If you’ve never been to this wacky parade, you should check it out!
TBA for 2020: 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 show.
The city’s annual Star Spangled Celebration on July 2 in cancelled for 2020.
Sunday, September 6: The fireworks display is being rescheduled for Labor Day Weekend on Sunday, Sept. 6. Details tba.
Postponed for 2020: Delaware 4th of July concert and fireworks. 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
- Postponed tba: Lions Club Parade starting at Clark Hall
- Postponed: Community Family Day with live music Children’s area, family entertainment, and more throughout Creekside Park and Olde Gahanna
- Postponed until Labor Day, September 5: Fireworks at Gahanna Municipal Golf Course (opens at 8 for seating)
Postponed for 2020 (potentially Labor Day weekend)
- Rotary family picnic with music, games, food trucks, costume characters, and more at Thomas Worthington High School.
- Fireworks; best viewed from the Family Picnic area at Thomas Worthington, or at the football stadium to the west of the high school. Weather date for fireworks is September 1.
Cancelled for 2020
cancelled for 2020
- LC Summer Bash at Olentangy High School Stadium, featuring Truslow, inflatables, and food trucks. Preferred parking is available for $5.
- 10 p.m. Fireworks
Picnic with the Pops: Patriotic Pops
Cancelled for 2020: Enjoy an evening of traditional patriotic favorites and American Top 40 hits topped off with a brilliant fireworks display. Bring a picnic and enjoy an evening at this casual family-friendly event with the Columbus Symphony. Tickets are $25; $10 for children.
Cancelled for 2020; no Red White & Boom. Gates open at 5:30 for this sister festival of Red White and Boom at Columbus Clippers Huntington Park Stadium! Live music features Phil Dirt and the Dozers and McGuffey Lane. Admission is just $5 at the gate, with the opportunity to purchase wristbands for extreme fun, inflatables, and more. Concessions will be available. Watch the Red White and Boom fireworks at dusk!
Cancelled for 2020. Granville Kilwanis is hosting some contests and t-shirt sales. See Facebook page for details.
- Streetfair opens; schedule tba
- Firecracker 5 Mile Race (7:45am), Parade (10:45am) Food concessions, rides, activities
- Streetfair, rides, concessions and music. Party at Wildwood Park from 8-10 pm, followed by fireworks at 10 pm.
- Streetfair, rides, concessions and music
Postponed/cancelled for 2020: Fireworks will be set off at dusk within the newly constructed Preserve at Raccoon Creek neighborhood near Rolling Meadows (Behind TSC). There will be no on-site parking within the neighborhood.
Cancelled for 2020
- Independence Day Concert and Fireworks display at Martha Grace Reese Amphitheater with food and beverages for sale.
- Fireworks at OSU-Newark Campus (1179 University Dr)
More Information: 740-670-7500
Postponed/cancelled for 2020
- Festival in Civic Park: inflatables, food vendors, face painting, entertainment
- Fourth of July Parade – Rosehill to Main to Huber Park
Cancelled for 2020 Fireworks viewing party at Whitehall-Yearling High School’s football stadium. Tickets required – see info here
Cancelled for 2020. The former committee are no longer be hosting the events after 2019.
Cancelled for 2020 (Dublin fireworks are cancelled) Celebrate the 4th of July at VASO rooftop restaurant and bar at the AC Hotel Columbus Dublin (6540 Riverside Dr). Attendees will enjoy a private evening of dining and the best firework show in Dublin – straight from the rooftop. General admission tickets aree $50, and include access to the rooftop patio, and two complimentary drink tickets. Tables are available for purchase for the entire evening, and include a minimum spend.
Cancelled for 2020. The City of Hilliard is hosting lots of neighborhood and at home events throughout the weekend. See details for residents here.
Cancelled for 2020
- Free children’s activities sponsored by the City of Grove City and the Grove City Church of the Nazarene are available from 6 to 9 p.m., including games, inflatables and a rock climbing wall on the Grove City High School training field.
- Fireworks (rain date fireworks only July 5)
Cancelled for 2020
- Parade begins at Groveport Recreation Center followed by bands, games, and activities all day long
- Free Children’s Activities
- Free live music and more
Cancelled for 2020: 10 a.m. Route begins at American Legion Park (line up in the old Kroger parking lot), travels East on 5th St. to South Plum St., turns West on 6th St. and ends at the Union County Courthouse parking lot.
Cancelled for 2020
- Chicken BBQ and festival at BV West School and other activities including tractor pull, contests, live music, and more
Cancelled for 2020
- Antiques, Arts & Crafts Fair on the Square sponsored by the Sunbury/Big Walnut Area Chamber of Commerce
- Galena Flea Market and Community Garage Sale at Miller Park
- Parade (Begins at Big Walnut High School), Antiques, Arts & Crafts Fair, Hot Dog Eating Contest
- Kids Zone on the Square sponsored by the Sunbury/Big Walnut Area Chamber of Commerce!
- Big Walnut High School Festival
- Annual Outhouse Race sponsored by Wells Septic!
- Fireworks at the High School
Cancelled/Postponed for 2020
- Rotary July 4th 5K Run/Walk and Children’s Fun Run at Alum Creek Park North
- 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.
- Fun, food trucks, and music at Westerville South H.S., plus July 4th Concert Series
- Fireworks launched from Alum Creek Park South near Park Meadow Road and Schrock Road. Rain date: July 5 at dusk
The following are still being updated.
TBD: Fireworks at Victory Park (829 Hill Road North)
TBD: July Fourth Parade
tba for 2020
- Events at Pastime Park with live music
- Fun, live music starts at 6pm and ends with the Dublin Symphony playing patriotic music during the Fireworks!
- Fireworks at Pastime Park (344-350 N Chillicothe St
Buying fireworks in Columbus
Did you know it’s legal to buy fireworks in Ohio, but it’s illegal to set them off in Ohio. Yeah – we don’t understand that either. And based on the amount of fireworks we hear from mid-June through mid-July, it’s especially surprising. That said, if you are looking to buy fireworks around Columbus, here are some fireworks stores in Central Ohio
Phantom Fireworks of Kirkersville – 10442 Baltimore Rd SW, Millersport, OH 43046 (about 25 minutes from downtown Columbus)
Phantom Fireworks of Bloomingburg – 12973 OH-38 NE, Bloomingburg, OH 43106 (about 35 minutes from downtown Columbus)
Hamburg Fireworks Display Inc. – 2240 Hornsmill Rd SE, Lancaster, OH 43130 (about 35 minutes from downtown Columbus)
Prism Fireworks – 400 State Rt. 61, Marengo, OH 43334 (about 35 minutes from downtown Columbus)
Prism Fireworks – 12155 Old US Rte 35 NW, Jeffersonville, OH 43128 (about 45 minutes from downtown Columbus)
Chillicothe Fireworks – 2068 Hospital Rd, Chillicothe, OH 45601 (about 52 minutes from downtown Columbus)
J&G Fireworks – 10682 Camp Ohio Rd #9717, Utica, OH 43080 (about 55 minutes from downtown Columbus)
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