Independence Day is rapidly approaching, which means the citizens of Columbus are gearing up for another year of fireworks, friends, family and freedom! There is so much going on in the area this year to celebrate the occasion. So much, in fact, that it might be difficult to decide which events to attend!
We rounded up some of the most notable Fourth of July events in Columbus this year to help you plan your weekend, including dazzling fireworks displays, live concerts and family-friendly festivals. So grab your red, white and blue garb and head out to celebrate America!
Where: Columbus Association for the Performing Arts, Columbus
When: June 29, 8 p.m.
This summer tradition with the Columbus Symphony is always a night to remember. Come enjoy an evening of patriotic favorites and Sousa marches with brilliant light displays. Of course, the beloved event would not be complete without fireworks, which will take place after the show.
Where: Worthington Hills
When: June 29-30 & July 4, Times Vary
Photo courtesy of Worthington Hills Civic Association
This annual Independence Day event stretches the festivities to last almost an entire week! On June 29th, join the city of Worthington Hills for a fun-filled 5K run/walk through the Hills and then participate in a family-friendly game of softball at Worthington Hills Elementary School. On June 30th, head out once more for the Fun Fest, a family carnival full of all of your favorite activities. And finally, on the big day itself, July 4th, watch the festive neighborhood parade and experience the most unique patriotic display around — a drone show!
Where: Ashville Community Park
When: June 30-July 4, Times Vary
For more than 80 years, locals and visitors alike have gathered in the heart of Ashville to celebrate our nation’s freedom in style. People come from miles around to experience the festival’s famous fish sandwiches (which are delicious), the live entertainment and the pageants. On the Fourth of July, the day kicks off with a parade, continues with entertainment, food and contests, and concludes with a spectacular fireworks show.
Where: Downtown Columbus
When: July 2, 6:30 p.m
Give back to a cause you care about — and work off some of those burgers and brats while you’re at it! Don’t miss the Charity Day 5K, a running and walking event that takes place in the streets of downtown Columbus. During registration, participants can choose their beneficiary to be sure they’re racing for a cause they truly care about. After you cross the finish line, enjoy a post-race party hosted by Red, White & Boom.
Where: Downtown Columbus
When: July 3, 10 a.m.
Photo courtesy of Red, White & BOOM!
Red, White & BOOM! began in 1981 when 30,000 locals gathered in Bicentennial Park to watch a small fireworks display. Since then, it has grown into the largest Fourth of July event in Columbus and one of the most widely recognized fireworks displays in the entire Midwest region!
Where: Huntington Park
When: July 3, 5:30-11 p.m.
Come celebrate America’s independence in style at Huntington Park. This family-friendly event will feature live entertainment on the field, ziplining, bounce houses and concessions for sale. After sunset, you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of the Red, White and Boom fireworks show.
Where: Sunbury Square
When: July 4, 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
Join the Village of Sunbury for their 2019 July 4th Celebration! Head to Sunbury Square in the morning for an Antiques, Arts & Crafts event and then stick around to watch the parade and a hot dog eating contest. After you’ve got your fill of hot dogs, watch the kiddos enjoy bounce houses, midway games, face painting and a petting zoo at the Kids Zone. End the day with the 4th Annual Outhouse Race and a fireworks extravaganza at Big Walnut High School!
Where: Northam Park
When: July 4, 6:30 a.m.
Upper Arlington really loves the 4th of July. So much so, that at 6:30 in the morning on Independence Day, you’ll find helpful volunteers hustling through the streets to noisily announce that the much anticipated day of celebration has begun. After the entire city has had their annual wake up call, you’ll find them lining the intersection of Northwest Boulevard and Zollinger Road to watch one of the best parades in the Columbus area. Plus — don’t miss the evening party in the park and fireworks display that will conclude the evening.
When: July 4, 8 a.m.
Every year, Clintonville puts on one of the biggest Independence Day celebrations around. This year, enjoy a four-mile race through the park, a community breakfast, a family baseball and softball game, a pet and bike parade, a fishing derby, a live music festival and fabulous fireworks! If you’re interested in joining in one, or all, of these fun events — visit their website for specific times and registration information.
When: July 4, 9:30 a.m.
Bexley loves throwing events for good causes and their annual 4th of July celebrations are no different. This year’s theme is “The Land That I Love” to celebrate all of the “Green” initiatives throughout the Bexley area! The parade will be starting at 9:30 a.m. sharp, rain or shine, so head down to Main Street and enjoy watching locals, floats and some horses march through the streets promoting the area’s eco-friendly practices. Afterward, spend the day celebrating with family events, music and, of course, food before watching a festive fireworks display at 10 p.m.
Where: Short North
When: July 4, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
If you’re looking for something a bit more “political” to do this Independence Day, head down to the Short North district and watch the 36th Annual Doo Dah Parade. This free event features the “best political satire parade west of the White House” along with some great food and great live music. This year’s lineup is full of fantastic local talents like Doc Robinson and the Devil Doves. You can find the full, impressive lineup and list of events on their website.
Where: Wildwood Park
When: July 5, 8 p.m.
The Granville 4th of July Fireworks event is a family favorite every year. After you’ve had a blast at the annual Downtown Granville festival, head to Wildwood park to continue the celebration! Set up your blankets and chairs and enjoy the live music while you wait for the spectacular fireworks display — and don’t forget to grab some fresh kettle corn and lemonade from local vendors before the big show begins.
Happy Fourth of July!
From all of us at Cutler Real Estate, have a happy Independence Day!