4th of July Fireworks and Festivities: In and Around Columbus

The 4th of July will be here before we know it! It’s a great idea to plan ahead for all of the festivities and events around the city. So here is your list of places to celebrate! Many communities offer more than just fireworks. You’ll find parades, bands, food trucks and activities. Be sure to check the city websites listed below closer to the event, as times and activities may change. We hope you have a wonderful holiday! 

Fireworks in Columbus

Friday, June 22-23rd, 2018


Where: Village Green Park

When: June 22nd-23rd, 2018

Fireworks: June 23rd at 10:00 p.m.

Activities: Festival runs June 22-June 23. Live entertainment, kids zone, fireworks on Saturday and more!

Powell Website

Saturday, June 30th, 2018

Patriotic Pops Featuring Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus 

Where: Columbus Commons

When: June 30th, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.

Activities: The Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus joins the Columbus Symphony’s grand summer tradition celebrating the Fourth of July. Enjoy an evening of patriotic favorites and rousing Sousa marches, including “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” topped off with a brilliant display of fireworks!

Patriotic Pops Website

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018 

Red White and Boom

This is Ohio’s largest firework display.

Parade: 6:00 p.m.

Where: Downtown

When: Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Fireworks: 10:00 p.m.

Activities: Children’s Park (noon-8 p.m.) will have inflatables, COSI on Wheels, Face Painters and more. Party on the Park (Noon-11:30 p.m.) will feature the all new beer garden.  Lots of live bands throughout the day on several different stages.  A one-mile parade begins at 6 p.m.

Red, White and Boom Website

Ballpark Boom

Watch the Red, White and Boom fireworks inside of Huntington Park. Listen to entertainment from British Invasion and A Hard Day’s Night. Admission is $5. Additional activities (Field fun, inflatables, creativity zone, etc.) require a purchased wristband.

Gates Open: 5:30 p.m.

Where: Huntington Park (Clippers Stadium)

When: Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Fireworks: 10:00 p.m. (Red, White and Boom fireworks)

Ballpark Boom


Where: Sportsman Club

When: Tuesday, July 3rd beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Fireworks: dusk

Activities: Parking is $2.00 per car. Several food vendors, Entertainment: Little Miss Firecracker Pageant followed by Unusual Suspects Band until 9:30 

Johnstown Website


Where: Martha Grace Amphitheatre on the shared campus of Ohio State Newark and Central Ohio Technical College

When: Tuesday, July 3rd beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Fireworks: dusk

Activities: 6:30 p.m. Sticks and Stones, 8:00 p.m. Heisey Wind Ensemble 

Newark Website


Parade: On July 4, the Parade will begin at 10 a.m. (starts at the intersection of Rosehill Road and East Main St.)

Where: Civic Park

When: July 3, 2018 and July 4, 2018

Fireworks: 9:45 p.m. on July 3rd, 2018. 

Activities: 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. on July 3, 2018 there will be carnival games, inflatables, and food vendors. 

Reynoldsburg Website


Parade: 10:00 a.m. on July 4th, 2018 From Yearling Road and Broad Street to John Bishop Park

Where: Whitehall Yearling High School Football Stadium 

When: July 3rd, 2018 and July 4th, 2018

Fireworks: July 3rd, 2018 from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. is the fireworks viewing party and event. 

Whitehall Website

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018 


Parade: 9:30 a.m. (The Bexley July 4th Parade has a 2.8 mile route starting at Maryland Avenue/Remington Road and ending at Fair Avenue and Cassingham)

Where: Capital University

When: July 4th, 2018

Fireworks: 10:00 p.m. at Capital University 

Activities: The community celebration with family events, music, and food begins at 6:00 p.m.

Bexley Website


When: July 4th, 2018

Where: Whetstone Park 

Fireworks: 10:00 p.m.

Activities: The day’s events include a community breakfast, 5k Run/Walk; a pet show, bike decorating contest, fishing derby, live music, and more!  See the website for complete details.

Clintonville Website


Parade: 3:00 p.m. 

When: July 4, 2018

Fireworks: 10:00 p.m. (Henry Street and OWU athletic fields)

Activities: A free orchestra concert starts at 7:30 p.m. and guests are encouraged to bring a picnic meal and chairs or blanket to enjoy the show. Lawn seating is free but there is limited chair seating available for purchase.

Delaware Website 


Parade: 11:00 a.m. 

When: July 4, 2018

Fireworks: 9:50 p.m.

Activities: Sheryl Crow to perform that evening! Also, the 32nd Annual Sherm Sheldon Fishing Derby kicks off the daylong celebration at 8 a.m., followed by the annual parade at 11 a.m. The Celebration at the stadium begins at 4:30 p.m. with live performances from Doc Robinson and Sheryl Crow, followed by an impressive display of fireworks and the Grand Finale beginning at 9:50 p.m.

Dublin Website 


Parade: 10:30 a.m. (Parade route is from Clark Hall west on Granville St. ending at Royal Manor Plaza)

When: July 4th, 2018 (rain date is July 5)

Where: Creekside Park and Old Gahanna

Fireworks: Show begins at 10 p.m. at the Gahanna Municipal Golf Course

Activities: Live music on the Rotary Stage and Family activities throughout Creekside Park and Olde Gahanna (5:00- 9:00 p.m.) 

Gahanna Website


Where: Wildwood Park

When: July 4th, 2018- July 7th, 2018 

Fireworks: Activities for fireworks begin at 8:00 p.m. on July 6th, 2018

Activities: Street fair, rides, concessions all days days 

Parade: Parade will take place on July 4th, 2018 at 10:45 a.m. 

Granville Website

Grove City 

Where: Grove City High School Stadium

When: July 4, 2018 (rain date is July 5)

Fireworks: 9:50 p.m. 

Activities: From 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. celebrate American independence with an inspiring pyrotechnic display in the skies over Grove City. Before the fireworks, enjoy patriotic music in the Grove City High School football stadium and family activities at the Grove City Church of the Nazarene.

Grove City Website


Parade: Large parade at 10:00 a.m. that begins at the Franklin County Fairgrounds and proceeds down Main Street to Norwich Street to Cemetery Street through the roundabouts and ends at United Methodist Church (instead of Heritage Middle School as in years past). 

When: July 4, 2018

Where: Roger Reynolds Municipal Park, 3800 Veterans Memorial Drive. 

Fireworks: Firework show at 9:45 p.m. all at Roger Reynolds Municipal Park, 3800 Veterans Memorial Drive. The location has changed to the pond and west area of the ball fields. 

Activities:  The pool will open at noon and have activities from 2-4 p.m. A digital scavenger hunt will be happening all day and a variety of local food trucks. Listen to some country music by Nashville Crush beginning at 6 p.m.

Hilliard Website

New Albany

Parade: 11:00 a.m (parade website)

When: July 4, 2018

Where: New Albany High School 

Activities: Festival with live music, a rock climbing wall, baseball speed pitch, bounce houses, face painting, balloon clowns, speed pitch, bounce houses, caricature artists, local food vendors and more.

Fireworks: 9:45 p.m.: Fireworks at New Albany High School (7600 Fodor Rd)

New Albany Website


Parade: 6:00 p.m.

When: July 4, 2018

Where: Victory Park 

Activities: Victory Park opens at 4:00 p.m with a parade at 6:00 p.m.  Opening ceremonies and live music begin at 7:30 p.m. 

Fireworks: 10:00 p.m. at Victory Park (829 Hill Road North)

Pickerington Website 

Plain City

Parade: 3 p.m.

Where: Pastime Park

When: July 4, 2018

Fireworks: 9:45 p.m. 

Activities: Live Music, Parade, and Fireworks! 

Plain City Website

Upper Arlington

Parade: 9:00 a.m. at the corner of Northwest Blvd and Zollinger Road

Where: Northam Park

When: July 4th, 2018

Fireworks: 10:00 p.m.

Activities: Party in the Park at Northam Park begins at 5:00 p.m. 

Upper Arlington Website


Parade: 1:00 p.m.

Activities: 5k Run and Children’s Fun Run at 8:00 a.m. Family fun zone at 2:00 p.m. 

Fireworks: At 10:00 p.m.

Westerville Website 


Parade: The parade takes place in Worthington Hills Development at 12:00 p.m.

Where: Front lawn of Worthington Thomas High School (spot for evening fireworks) 

When: July 4, 2018, from 4:00-10:00 p.m.

Fireworks: 10:00 p.m.

Activities: Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a family picnic on the lawn of Thomas Worthington High School (TWHS) with food presented by a variety of popular food trucks, musical entertainment and costume characters by Mascot.org, Supergames bounce houses and much more!

Worthington Website 


Friday, July 6th, 2018

Ending the four-day celebration in Granville is the fireworks display at 8 pm.


Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

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