FRIDAY, JULY 3 What: Red, White & Boom Where: Downtown Columbus When: Events all day, fireworks at 10 p.m. Things to Do: Activities include The Midway, presented by the Ohio National Guard; Long Street, presented by the U.S. Army (11 a.m.); Children's Park (12 p.m.); Entertainment by Meijer (2 p.m.); Taste of BOOM! (3 p.m.); BOOM! Central hosted by NBC4 (5 p.m.); Ohio Air National Guard flyover and AEP Independence Parade (6 p.m.); Fireworks (10 p.m.), and continual entertainment presented by Meijer (10:30 p.m.). Cost: Free Contact: www.redwhiteandboom.org SATURDAY, JULY 4 What: Westerville Independence Day Celebration Where: Westerville When: 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Things to Do: Rotary Run, Walk & Children's Run (8 a.m.); Westerville's Independence Day Parade and the W.A.R.M. food drive (1:30 p.m.), and fireworks at night, launched from Alum Creek Park South behind Alliance Data (10 p.m.). Cost: Free Contact: www.rotaryclubofwesterville.org What: New Albany 4th of July Parade, Festival and Fireworks Where: New Albany When: The parade starts at 11 a.m. with the lineup beginning at 9:30 a.m. Things to Do: The parade starts at New Albany Middle School, with the theme "New Albany Salutes America," featuring music groups, kids' organizations, decorated bicycles, tractors, New Albany High School Marching Band, and more. A community festival and fireworks show will also take place from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. on New Albany High School grounds. Cost: Free Contact: www.villageofnewalbany.org What: 4th of July with Fat Dog Where: The Lazy Chameleon Bar & Grill, Powell When: 10:15 p.m. to 1:45 a.m. Things to Do: Live performance by Fat Dog Cost: $6 cover charge Contact: www.lazychameleon.com What: Bexley Fourth of July Celebration Where: Bexley When: Events begin at 8 a.m. Things to Do: John Barr 5K Run begins at Jeffrey Park (8 a.m.), followed by the annual parade beginning from Maryland Avenue School (9:30 a.m.). Other events include the traditional Music in the Meadow, awards ceremonies, family picnics and fireworks. Cost: 5K is $25 Contact: www.bexleycelebrations.org What: Blast at Beulah Where: Beulah Park, Grove City When: Gates open at 5:30 p.m., fireworks at 10 p.m. Things to Do: There will be live entertainment by the Danger Brothers before the fireworks display at 10 p.m. Children's activities will be available from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Cost: $5 for www.grovecityohio.gov What: Dooh Dah Parade Where: The Short North When: Begins at 1 p.m., lineup begins at noon Things to Do: Parade starts at 1 p.m. and ends at the Dooh Dah Parade Block Party (which starts at 11 a.m.) on Buttles Avenue, between High Street and Park Street. Party will be complete with live music, carnival games, circus entertainment, beer, food, and prizes. Cost: Free Contact: www.doodahparade.com What: Gahanna Freedom Festival Where: Olde Gahanna When: Begins at 10:30 a.m. Things to Do: The day kicks off with the nostalgic Gahanna Lions Parade, free Family Fun Festival, offering games, prizes, activities, and music appropriate for all age groups. The day will end with fireworks. Cost: Free Contact: www.gahanna.gov What: Fourth of July Celebration Where: Fairfield County Fairgrounds, Lancaster When: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Things to Do: Parade is at 10 a.m.; rides from 12 p.m.-10 p.m.; grounds entertainment from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., and fireworks begin at 10 p.m. Cost: Free Contact: www.ci.lancaster.oh.us What: July 4th Concert and Fireworks Where: OWU University Main Campus, Delaware When: 8 p.m. Things to Do: July 4th outdoor concert; community fireworks after concert. Cost: Free Contact: Contact The Central Ohio Symphony for ticketing information at email@example.com. What: Glorious Fourth: Independence Day Celebration Where: Ohio Village, Columbus When: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Things to Do: Family-oriented activities, including a grand procession, patriotic speeches, a greased pole contest, a concert by the Ohio Village Singers and a community dance. Other activities include period games, an Ohio Village Muffins baseball game, tug-of-war, a pie-eating contest, and ice cream tasting and making. Cost: $12/adults, $9/youth, $10/ Ohio Historical Society adult members, $7/OHS youth member, $4/parking nonmembers. Contact: ohiohistory.org What: Community Independence Day Celebration Where: Sunbury Square, Sunbury OH When: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Things to Do: Flea market on the square (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Tenth Annual Memorial Volleyball Tournament (9 a.m.), Parade Through Sunbury (10 a.m.), Football Skills Contest (11 a.m.), Fun Frolics (featuring field-day-type games, 12 p.m.), Community Concert (featuring Broadway, pop, jazz and a few patriotic favorites, 7 p.m.), Fire Safety/ Smoke House presentation (7 p.m. to 10 p.m.), and community fireworks at 10 p.m. Cost: $1 admission to the flea market and $20 per player in the volleyball tournament Contact: www.sunburybigwalnutchamber.com What: Independence Day Celebration Where: Dublin Coffman High School, Dublin When: Festivities start at 10 a.m., fireworks show begins at 9:50 p.m. Things to Do: This festival features a free concert by The Four Tops & Boyz II Men, the 25th Annual Sherm Sheldon Fishing Derby, and a community-wide historic Dublin parade (11 a.m.). The concert gates at Dublin Coffman High School open at 4:30 p.m. with activities for all ages. The Skyhoundz Hyperflite Canine Frisbee Disc Championship is at 5 p.m., and gates open at 4:30 p.m. for concert music that will continue on until the fireworks at 9:50 p.m. Cost: Free Contact: www.dublin.oh.us What: The 39th Annual Worthington Hills July 4th Parade Where: The traditional Clubview Blvd. Route, Worthington When: Noon Things to Do: Parade and fireworks show at dusk Cost: Free Contact: worthingtonhills.org What: City of Hilliard 4th of July Celebration Where: Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park, Hilliard OH When: Activities begin at 10 a.m. and end with the fireworks show at 9:45 p.m. Things to Do: The day will begin with a parade at 10 a.m. The British Invasion, a band that covers famous English classic rock legends, will be performing in the park from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Their performance will be followed by a fireworks display. Cost: Free Contact: www.cityofhilliard.com
Independence Weekend: The Schedule
There's plenty to do around Central Ohio this weekend. Here's a list of festivals, fireworks and more.