In Columbus, Ohio, the town celebrates 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.
There are so many events and amazing activities that organizing your visit by time to arrive may be the only way to catch multiple events — and the best thing is many of the Fourth of July events are free for visitors.
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 39th anniversary with all day events including food, music, a parade, family activities and more.
8 a.m. — Kick off the day with the John Barr 5K.
9:30 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.
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, bluegill, 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.
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.
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 29 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.
11 a.m. — The Independence Day Parade begins in Historic Dublin.
4:30 p.m. — Watch singers Michael McDonald and Chaka Khan, 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.
10:30 a.m. — The Gahanna Lions Club Parade starts at Clark Hall and ends at Royal Manor Plaza.
5 p.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.
8 p.m. — Enjoy live music at Party in the Park.
10 p.m. — Watch the fireworks from your lawn chair or blanket in Wildwood Park.
Rain date: July 7
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.
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.
July 3 & 4
6 p.m. — All of Pickerington's Fourth of July events takes place in Victory Park, which opens at 4 p.m.
10 p.m. — The Fireworks show begins
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.
10 p.m. — Come to Northam Park to see the fireworks show that has been an annual event since the 1920s.
There will be a viewing party on July 3 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Whitehall Yearling High School Football Stadium. Fireworks start at 10 p.m.
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 begin 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.