From concerts to carnivals to – of course – fireworks, the Columbus area has all your Fourth of July celebration bases covered.
Central Ohio gets its money’s worth on Independence Day festivities, with events beginning as early as June 30. Here is a look at the biggest and best ways to celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
Red, White and BOOM!
Columbus pulls out all the stops on July 3 for its annual Red, White and BOOM! downtown celebration, Ohio’s largest fireworks display. Guaranteed parking is available by pre-purchasing a spot online through LAZ Parking. Red, White and BOOM! Highlights include:
- Children’s Park (noon to 8 p.m.): Located at the corner of Neil Avenue and Long Street, this area features a variety of inflatables for kids including a bounce house, slides and obstacle course.
- Live entertainment (noon to 11 p.m.): Two stages along the Scioto River will feature a variety of musical entertainment throughout the day.
- Ford Oval of Honor Red, White and BOOM! parade (5:30 p.m.): More than 100,000 spectators are expected to enjoy the parade, which steps off from the Main Street bridge, turns north on Front Street and disbands at the corner of Front and Spring streets.
- Fireworks (10 p.m.): Billed as the Midwest’s most recognized fireworks display, the pyrotechnics will be fired from the east bank of Genoa Park.
Sheryl Crow Headlines in Dublin
All she wants to do is have some fun. Join nine-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow in her quest for fun as she headlines the City of Dublin Independence Day Celebration on July 4. Themed “Soak Up the Fun on the Fourth,” Dublin’s festivities also include a fishing derby (8 a.m.), inflation celebration (9:30 a.m.), parade (11 a.m.) and fireworks (9:50 p.m.). Concert ticket information is available here.
Pickerington July 4th Celebration in Victory Park
Pickerington has planned a day full of rides, food, a parade, live music and fireworks for its Independence Day celebration July 4 in Victory Park. The free event opens at 4 p.m., with a parade beginning at 6 p.m., live music from Scarlet Fever at 8 p.m. and a pyrotechnics show at 10 p.m.
Hilliard Fourth of July Celebration
The city of Hilliard hosts a full day of family fun on July 4 with its annual Fourth of July celebration at Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park. The day starts at 10 a.m. with the parade, starting at Franklin County Fairgrounds and ending at United Methodist Church. There will also be pool activities, a digital scavenger hunt, food trucks, live music by Nashville Crush at 6 p.m. and fireworks at dusk.
Roundup of Holiday Festivities
Other communities in the Columbus area hosting celebrations include:
- Upper Arlington, July 4, Northam Park (5-11 p.m.): Upper Arlington hosts Party in the Park, featuring live entertainment, food and fireworks.
- Reynoldsburg, July 3, Civic Park (6-10 p.m.): The city is hosting carnival games, inflatables and food vendors.
- Pataskala, June 30, Foundation Park: The city hosts Light Up the Night Pataskala, featuring food, entertainment, car show, craft show and fireworks at 10 p.m.
- Whitehall, June 29, July 3: The city has two July 4-themed events – an Independence Day Carnival June 28 – July 1 at John Bishop Park (4-11 p.m.), and a fireworks viewing party July 3 at Whitehall Yearling High School Stadium (6-10 p.m.).