Columbus and Central Ohio Fourth of July Fireworks Times

2018 schedule of local events and times

Red, White & BOOM! fireworks
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In Columbus, Ohio, we celebrate the Fourth of July for days on end. Kicking off July 3rd with Red, White & BOOM!—the Midwest's Largest Fireworks Display—and filling in the weekend with local festivals, family-friendly events, free concerts and local fireworks display for the cities that make up Central Ohio. This jam-packed weekend can only be described and fun and exciting! The best thing is many of the Fourth of July events are FREE!

Red, White & BOOM! in Columbus — July 3

10 p.m. — Red, White & BOOM! brings upwards of 400,000 people to Columbus for the most recognized fireworks display in the Midwest! Celebrate the Boom's 38th anniversary with all day events including food, music, a parade, family activities and more.

Bexley July 4th Celebrations — July 4

8 a.m. — Kick off the day with the John Barr 5K.

9 a.m. — The 2.8-mile-long Bexley parade starts Maryland Avenue/Remington Road, ends at Fair Avenue and Cassingham, and features some floats created by residents.

6 p.m. — Gather at the Capital University's front lawn for a community celebration with family events, food and music.

10 p.m. — Enjoy the fireworks display at one of several viewing centers around Capital University's Campus Center.

Clintonville Fireworks — July 4

8 a.m. — Walk or run in the 4 mile course that takes you through some of the Clintonville's most beautiful streets.

9:45 a.m. — Pets and kids of all ages walk in the Pet & Bike Parade. The Bike parade begins at 10 a.m. and the best decorated bike wins an award.

11 a.m.–3 p.m. — Kids under 16 can fish in a pond filled with catfish, blue gill, bass and more for the Fishing Derby. The biggest catch gets an award! No bait or poles required.

10 p.m. — Watch the fireworks display in Clintonville park.

Delaware Fireworks — July 4

3 p.m. –5 p.m — The Citizens for the 4th parade begins at the Delaware County Fairgrounds and ends at Selby Stadium on Henry Street.

7:30 p.m. — Musicians from the Central Ohio Symphony will perform music from the stage and film as well as the 1812 Overture (complete with theater cannon blasts). The free concert takes place in Philips Glen, behind Gray Chapel.

10 p.m. — Catch the 30-minute fireworks display from Henry Street or on the Ohio Wesleyan University athletic fields.

Orange Township Independence Day Celebration — July 4

10 a.m. — The Olentangy parade starts at Olentangy Orange High School and ends at Walker Woods park

For fireworks, come to town on June 30 for the Olentangy Summer Bash. The day-long festival at Olentangy High School will have food trucks, live entertainment, and a fireworks display at 10 p.m.

Dublin Fireworks — July 4

8 a.m.–10 a.m. — Bring your pole and bait to the Dublin Community Recreation Center pond for the 32nd annual Sherm Sheldon Fishing Derby. Awards will be given to the longest fish in each of the four age divisions.

11 a.m. — The Independence Day Parade begins in Historic Dublin.

4:30 p.m. — Watch Doc Robinson and nine-time Grammy winning singer, Sheryl Crow, perform in the Dublin Coffman High School Stadium! Wristbands are required for attendees over 4. Wristbands cost $5 for Dublin residents. Any unsold wristbands are free to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis.

9:50 p.m. — Close out the day with an impressive fireworks display visible from the Dublin Coffman High School Stadium.

Gahanna Independence Day Celebration — July 4

10:30 a.m. — The Gahanna Lions Club Parade starts at Clark Hall and ends at Royal Manor Plaza.

5 p.m.–10 a.m. — Spend some time in Olde Gahanna for the Community Family day. There will be food trucks and an activity area.

10 p.m. — Fireworks will launch over the Gahanna Municipal Golf Course. Tune into CD102.5 for a special soundtrack to accompany the fireworks.

Granville Fireworks — July 6

8 p.m.–10 p.m. — Enjoy live music performed by The Conspiracy Band in Wildwood Park.

10 p.m. — Watch the fireworks from your lawn chair or blanket in Wildwood Park

Rain date: July 7

Grove City Fireworks — July 4

6 p.m.–10:30 p.m. — Enjoy patriotic music in the Grove City High School football stadium and family-friendly activities at the Grove City High School training field. After a day of fun enjoy the fireworks display that starts at 9:50 p.m. In case of severe weather, fireworks will be launched July 5.

Groveport Independence Day Celebration — July 4

11 a.m. — The annual parade begins at the Groveport Recreation Center and ends at Glendening Elementary and Middle School South.

1 p.m. –5 p.m. — There will be free children's activities along Main Street and live music at the Main Stage.

Fireworks are launched at dusk. In case of severe weather, fireworks will be launched on July 7 at dusk.

Hilliard Fireworks — July 4

10 a.m.–11:30 a.m. — The parade begins at the Franklin County Fairgrounds, travels down Main Street, Norwich Street and the roundabouts of Cemetery Street, then ends at the school parking lot. After the parade enjoy food, music and activities.

9:45 p.m. — Enjoy the fireworks show at Roger Reynolds Municipal Park.

New Albany Fourth of July Celebration — July 4

7:55 a.m. — Come to Market Square for the New Albany Symphony 5K Run and Walk. The main race officially beings at 8:15 a.m. but alongside the main race, there will be a 20-yard Ready, Set, Grow Toddler Crawl, 1/4-mile Kids Fun Run and a pet parade. Advance registration is required to participate.

11 a.m. — The parade will make a large loop, starting and ending at the school learning campus. 

6:30 p.m. — There will be a free festival with games, face painting, food trucks and more on the grounds of the Church of the Resurrection, 6300 E. Dublin-Granville Road, across the street from the high school football stadium.

10 p.m. — Immediately after the festival fun, enjoy the fireworks.

Newark Fireworks — July 3

6 p.m. — The Ohio State University at Newark hosts a free concert and fireworks show at the Martha Grace Reese Amphitheater. Local musical groups will perform and vendors will offer food and fun activities. The fireworks will begin at dusk.

Pickerington Fireworks — July 4

6 p.m. — All of Pickerington's Fourth of July events takes place in Victory Park, which opens at 4 p.m. The parade starts at 6 p.m. and is followed by the opening ceremonies at 7:30 p.m.

8 p.m. — The band Scarlet Fever performs

10 p.m. — The Fireworks show begins

Powell Festival — June 22–23

The Powell Festival runs all day on June 22 and 23 at Village Green Park. There will be multiple musical performers, a marketplace, kids zone, and dozens of food vendors. Fireworks will be launched at 10:15 p.m. on Saturday, June 23.

Reynoldsburg Fireworks — July 3

6 p.m.–10 p.m. — There will be carnival games, inflatables and food at Civic park. The fireworks show starts at 9:45 p.m.

Sunbury/Big Walnut Independence Day Celebration — July 4

7 a.m.–3 p.m. — Enjoy the Antiques, Arts & Crafts Fair on the Square 

11:30 a.m.–3 p.m. — The Kids Zone on the Square has new attractions this year sure to entertain. There will also be Fun Frolics games fun by Walnut 4Her from 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

7 p.m. — Run in the 3rd Annual Outhouse Race at Big Walnut High School

Enjoy the Firework Extravaganza at dusk at Big Walnut High School

Upper Arlington Fireworks — July 4

10 p.m. — Come to Northam Park to see the fireworks.

Westerville Fireworks — July 4

6:30 a.m.–9:25 a.m. — Begin the celebration with the annual July 4th 4K Walk/Run at Alum Creek Park. The Children's Fun Run starts at 9:15 a.m. and the awards ceremony begins at 9:25 a.m.

1 p.m.–2 p.m. — The annual 4th of July parade begins at St. Paul the Apostle Church and will move south through Uptown Westerville. Bring canned and boxed food items for the WARM Community Food Drive.

2 p.m.–10 p.m. — Westerville South High School will hose the Family Fun Zone. There will be live music, food trucks, food carts and inflatables.

Fireworks will begin at dusk.

Whitehall Fireworks — July 1 & July 3

Whitehall will celebrate Independence day with a festival at John Bishop Park from noon to 11 p.m. on July 1. 

There will be a fireworks viewing party on July 3 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Whitehall Yearling High School Football Stadium. Fireworks will be start at 10 p.m.

Worthington Family Picnic & Fireworks — July 4

4 p.m.–11 p.m. — Enjoy a picnic at Thomas Worthington High School.  There will be food presented by a variety of popular food trucks, musical entertainment and costume characters, along with Supergames including a zip line, bounce houses and much more! Fireworks begins at 10 p.m. and can be viewed on the front lawn of the high school or at the football stadium to the west of the school.