When it comes to celebrating the founding of the United States, Columbus, Ohio, and other small towns in central Ohio do so in style. From the Red, White, and BOOM! event in Columbus to the Worthington Family Picnic, you'll find plenty of family-friendly celebrations, free concerts, and local firework displays to light up your Fourth of July weekend this year.
Known as the Midwest's largest fireworks display, Red, White & BOOM! brings upwards of 400,000 people to Columbus each year to celebrate Independence Day.
Boom's 39th anniversary will take place on July 3, 2019, with all-day events including food, music, a parade, family activities, and more, and fireworks start at 10 p.m. Other features of the Red, White, and BOOM! event include a Charity Day 5K on July 2 and sound stages in Bicentennial Park and on Long Street at the corner of Hanover Street.
Each year, the city of Bexley celebrates the Fourth of July with a full day of activities, events, and entertainment for the whole family.
The day kicks off with the John Barr 5K at 8 a.m. and continues with the 2.8-mile-long Bexley Parade at 9:30. The parade starts at Maryland Avenue and Remington Roads and ends at Fair Avenue and Cassingham and features floats created by local residents and businesses.
In the evening, gather at the Capital University's front lawn for a community celebration featuring family activities, local food vendors, and live musical performances starting at 6 p.m. Then, enjoy the fireworks display starting at 10 p.m. from one of the several viewing centers around Capital University's Campus Center to end your night.
On July 4, head to the city of Clintonville (just seven miles north of Columbus) for a full day of Independence Day events and activities, starting with a four-mile 4 on the 4th Run through the town's central park and historic streets.
At 9:45 a.m., kids and pets of all ages walk or ride in the Pet Parade and Bike Parade, and at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., kids under 16 can fish in a pond stocked with catfish, bluegill, bass, and more for the Fishing Derby, where the biggest catch gets an award.
Starting at 3 p.m., guests can visit local food vendors for an afternoon picnic, and from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., live music will accompany family-friendly activities held by National Event Productions. To end the night, stay in the park for fireworks at 10 p.m.
Located about 30 miles north of Columbus, the small town of Delaware, Ohio, hosts its own series of events in honor of Independence Day each year. On July, 4, 2019, join the community of Delaware at the Delaware County Fairgrounds from 3 to 5 p.m. for the annual Citizens for the Fourth Parade, which features floats from local businesses and residents of Delaware.
At 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) in Philips Glen, behind Gray Chapel, and at 10 p.m., catch a 30-minute fireworks display from Henry Street or from on the Ohio Wesleyan University athletic fields.
Orange Township, located about 17 miles north of Ohio, celebrates the Fourth of July with the Olentangy Parade, which starts at Olentangy Orange High School at 10 a.m. and ends at Walker Woods Park around noon.
If you want to catch some fireworks in Orange, come to town on June 29, 2019, for the Olentangy Summer Bash, a day-long festival at Olentangy High School that features food trucks, live entertainment, and a fireworks display to end the event at 10 p.m.
18 miles northwest of Columbus, the town of Dublin, Ohio, celebrates the Fourth of July with a full day of events and activities, starting with the Independence Day Parade in Historic Dublin at 11 a.m.
Continue the day of celebrations at 4:30 p.m. by attending a performance of singers Michael McDonald and Chaka Khan in the Dublin Coffman High School Stadium. Wristbands are required to attend the concert and can be acquired by Dublin residents in advance for $5, but any unsold tickets will be available for free to the general public on a first-come, first served basis.
After the concert, close out the day with an impressive fireworks display visible from the Dublin Coffman High School Stadium starting at 9:50 p.m.
Just northeast of Columbus, the town of Gahanna celebrates the Fourth of July with a full day of activities and events.
Start your day at 10:30 a.m. with the Gahanna Lions Club Parade, which begins at Clark Hall and ends at Royal Manor Plaza. Then, spend some time in Olde Gahanna for the Community Family Day, which features local food trucks and an activity area from 5 to 10 p.m. To close out the event, fireworks will launch over the Gahanna Municipal Golf Course, and guests can tune into CD102.5 for a special soundtrack to accompany the display.
For a celebration that starts a little later in the evening, head about 30 miles east-northeast of Columbus to the town of Granville, Ohio, which hosts its annual Party in the Park on July 4, 2019, starting at 8 p.m. Eat from local vendors and enjoy live music in Granville's Wildwood Park during the event, and at 10 p.m., watch the fireworks from your lawn chair or blanket.
Located just 12 miles southeast of Columbus, the small town of Groveport hosts a parade and Fourth of July celebration each year.
On July 4, 2019, events kick off with the annual parade starting at 11 a.m. at the Groveport Recreation Center and ending at the Glendening Elementary and Middle School South. Then, from 1 to 5 p.m., there will be free children's activities, food trucks, and live music along Main Street and at the centrally-located Main Stage. Fireworks are launched at dusk, and in case of severe weather, fireworks will be launched on July 7 at dusk instead.
There will also be a Red, White, and Kids Celebration in Groveport on July 2, 2019, which features a parade of decorated bikes, scooters, and wagons at 6:15 p.m. down Main Street.
Newark, Ohio, which is located about 40 miles east of Columbus, celebrates the Fourth of July a little early this year with a fireworks display on July 3, 2019. Starting at 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 on-site will offer food and fun activities. The fireworks will begin at dusk.
Celebrate Independence Day with two nights of fireworks in Pickerington, Ohio, which is located about 16 miles southeast of Columbus. On July 3, head to Victory Park at dusk for a brilliant fireworks display and community picnic, and on July 4, 2019, head to the park at 6 p.m. for a night full of family activities, food, and live entertainment. Fireworks will be launched from Pickerington High School Central just after dusk both nights.
On July 3, 2019, the Civic Park in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, will host its annual Independence Day Festival from 6 to 10 p.m. Featuring carnival games, inflatables, and food vendors, this public event is free for all to enjoy. Fireworks will conclude the event starting at 9:45 p.m.
The city of Upper Arlington, Ohio, celebrates the Fourth of July each year with a full day of activities.
On July 4, 2019, head to Northwest Boulevard and Zollinger Road at 9 a.m. for the annual Fourth of July Parade, which features neighborhood floats, marching bands, antique cars, and other community organizations. After the parade, head to Northam Park at 5 p.m. for the annual Party in the Park event, which includes food trucks, live music, and family-friendly activities followed by a fireworks show at 10 p.m.
Just east of Columbus, the city of Whitehall hosts a viewing party for its annual Independence Day Fireworks Show, which takes place on July 3, 2019, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Whitehall Yearling High School Football Stadium. The party features live music, local food vendors, and a variety of family-friendly entertainment followed by the massive fireworks display starting at 10 p.m.
To really celebrate Independence Day in style, enjoy a picnic at Thomas Worthington High School in Worthington from 4 to 11 p.m. on July 4, 2019, and stay on your picnic blanket to catch a brilliant firework show afterward.
During the Worthington Family Picnic, 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.