Whether you're looking for fun family activities to fill up your day or want to attend a patriotic parade, the Columbus area of Ohio offers a plethora of events and festivities to celebrate the Fourth of July this year.
From the annual Doo Dah Parade and Block Party to the Sunbury Independence Day Flea Market, the community events around Columbus make perfect additions to your itinerary when you're traveling with your family this Independence Day.
However, since July 4 takes place on a Wednesday in 2018, some events may be held the weekend before or after the holiday itself. Be sure to check each events' website for the full schedule and whether or not admission will be charged to attend.
The Annual Doo Dah Parade
Patriotic hilarity ensues as the annual Doo Dah Parade on the 4th of July. As the organizers say on the website: "The Doo Dah Parade is about Freedom of Speech, through humor." The parade starts on Park Street and heads north, winding through town and ending at Russell and High Streets. A Block Party will take place immediately afterward at High and Buttles Streets; both events are free to attend. The day is filled with activities and music, but the main attraction is definitely the midday parade. People and politicians dress up to voice their opinions, but all politicians are required to wear silly hats.
Independence Day at Ohio Village
The Ohio Village, also known as the Ohio History Connection, is located in northern Columbus and will host a special Independence Day event on July 4, 2018.
Old-fashioned family activities make this event one of the best in Columbus. Set in a re-created 19th-century village, the celebration includes a Grand Procession, patriotic speeches, Muffins baseball, a concert by the Ohio Village Singers, and a community dance. They will even have pie-eating contests.
Dublin Independence Day Celebration
Located in northwest Columbus, the community of Dublin hosts a Fourth of July celebration each year. In 2018, the Independence Day Celebration will take place on July 4 and feature a headlining concert by Sheryl Crow. The event begins at 8 a.m. with the Sherm Sheldon Fishing Derby at the Dublin Community Recreation Center followed by the "Inflation Celebration" at Graeter's, and the 11 a.m. parade through Historic Dublin. The evening celebration kicks off at 4:30 p.m. at Coffman High School, where Doc Robinson will open for Sheryl Crow. At around 9:50 p.m., a fireworks show will light up the night sky outside of the high school.
Columbus Zoo's Military Family Free Dayz
If you are an active or non-active member of the military, you can take your family to the Columbus Zoo for free during Fourth of July week, from June 30 through July 8, 2018. Free admission is the zoo's way of saying "thank you" to military service members who have risked their lives to defend our nation. Many soldiers don't get to celebrate Independence Day with their families, but spending a day at the zoo for free is a great way to enjoy some quality family time if you're on leave or retired from the armed forces.
Sunbury Independence Day Flea Market
If you'd rather spend your Fourth of July browsing through thousands of unique items, you can head northeast of Columbus to Sunbury Village Square for the Independence Day Flea Market. At this annual market, you can sift through vendors, enjoy food and music, and stick around for an annual firework display at Big Walnut High School starting at 10 p.m. The market will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (with a parade at 10 a.m.). Daytime activities, including the third annual Outhouse Race, will take place at the Square in downtown Sunbury.