Fourth of July event roundup!

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Red, White & Boom!

What: The biggest Independence Day fireworks display in the entire Midwest (we're not sure how it ranks globally) celebrates its big 3-0 this year. And there's plenty to do all day long while somebody else is holding down your blanket -- check out carnival games and inflatables along the Midway, plus 30 performers on five stages. Country singer Ash Bowers headlines.

When: 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Friday, July 2

Where: Downtown riverfront, along Front Street from Spring to Main streets

How much: Free


Independence Day Celebration with Kenny Loggins

What: Dublin's coup: lining up the man behind awesome movie soundtracks like "Top Gun" to headline their Independence Day party. There's lots more going on Saturday in Dublin, too -- a fishing derby, parade, canine Frisbee championship and fireworks.

When: 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday, July 3

Where: Dublin Coffman High School, Dublin

How much: Free


Gahanna Freedom Festival

What: The closest you'll find to the Fourth of Julys you remember as a kid -- watermelon-eating contests, sack races and giant checkers games will proceed fireworks at 10.

When: 6:30-10 p.m. Saturday, July 3

Where: Gahanna Municipal Golf Course, Gahanna

How much: Free


2010 Picnic with the Pops: Patriotic Pops

What: It's pretty hard not to feel patriotic when you're listening to the Columbus Symphony's take classics like Sousa marches ("The Stars and Stripes Forever") and Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue." The evening wraps up with a fireworks display.

When: 8:15 p.m. Saturday, July 3

Where: Chemical Abstracts Service, Campus

How much: $20


Doo Dah Parade & Party

What: The spirit of Mardi Gras plus Halloween-type costumes plus the freedom of speech equals the greatest Fourth of July parade ever. Think roller girls, whacked-out nuns, a Fishnet Mafia, monsters passing out beads and, of course, the Marching Fidels.

When: 12-7 p.m. Sunday July 4

Where: Along North High Street between Fifth Avenue and Nationwide Boulevard, Short North

How much: Free


The Glorious Fourth: Independence Day Celebration

What: It's sort of like stepping into a time machine back to 1885, with patriotic music from the Ohio Village Singers, a vintage baseball game featuring the Ohio Village Muffins, Dr. Balthasar's Miracle Medicine Show (!), puppets and ice cream.

When: 1-5 p.m. Sunday, July 4

Where: Ohio Village, Columbus

How much: $12


Central Ohio Symphony July 4th Concert

What: Spread out with chairs, blankets and picnic baskets and listen to favorite American, Broadway and film score tunes under the stars on the Ohio Wesleyan campus. Afterwards, take in the Delaware fireworks show.

When: 8-10 p.m. Sunday, July 4

Where: Phillips Glen, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware

How much: Free


Bexley 4th of July Community Celebration

What: A very full day of activities starts early with a 5K run starting and finishing at Jeffrey Mansion. Next up is a parade starting at Maryland Avenue School and winding down Roosevelt Avenue before ending at Bexley High School. There's time for a nap before the live music, games and eating start on Capital's campus, culminating in some fireworks.

When: Monday, July 5: 8 a.m. 5K run, 9:30 a.m. parade, 5 p.m. community celebration, 10 p.m. fireworks

Where: Capital University, Bexley

How much: Free