Whether you're looking for fun family activities to make your day special, 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 Thursday in 2019, some events may be held the weekend before or after the holiday itself. Check each event website for the full schedule and whether or not admission will be charged.
Patriotic hilarity ensues at the annual Doo Dah Parade on the 4th of July each year. As the organizers say on the website, "The Doo Dah Parade is about Freedom of Speech, through humor."
Each year, 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 annual Doo Dah Parade will take place on Thursday, July 4, 2019, starting at 1 p.m. (line-up at noon). The day is filled with activities and music, but the main attraction is definitely the mid-day parade. People and politicians dress up to voice their opinions, and all politicians are required to wear silly hats.
The Ohio Village, also known as the Ohio History Connection, is located in northern Columbus and will host a special Independence Day event on the Saturday after July 4 this year.
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 in addition to pie-eating contests.
Events will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 6, 2019. Admission is required to attend and may be purchased at the Ohio History Center or the John Hauck Foundation Welcome Center.
Located in northwest Columbus, the community of Dublin hosts a Fourth of July celebration each year. In 2019, the Independence Day Celebration will take place on July 4 and feature a major concert among other annual celebrations.
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 after that.
The evening celebration kicks off at 4:30 p.m. at Coffman High School Stadium, where Michael McDonald and Chaka Khan will perform a concert. At around 9:50 p.m., a fireworks show will light up the night sky over the stadium to conclude the festivities.
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 29 through July 7, 2019.
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.
There's no bigger celebration of fireworks than Red, White, and Boom, an annual event that takes place over downtown Columbus on July 3 each year.
In 2019, the Red, White, and Boom event also features a Charity Day 5K on July 2 starting at 6:30 p.m. as well as a number of smaller celebrations over the week of Independence Day.
During the fireworks display, a number of food and drink trucks will be parked in Food Truck Alley offering discounted prices on local favorite craft beers and meals. Additionally, there will be a number of special viewing areas set up with surprise concerts by big-named artists from across the country.
Sunbury Independence Day Celebration
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 and Celebration.
At this annual market, you can sift through vendor's offerings, enjoy food and music, and stick around for an annual fireworks 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 annual Outhouse Race, will take place at the Square in downtown Sunbury.