What Should We Do This Weekend? 4th of July 2017

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This weekend’s post is all about the 4th of July! Happy Independence Day!

1. The Lion King KIDS at Columbus Children’s Theatre

When: Thursday-Sunday, June 29 – July 2, 2017
Time: various times throughout the weekend
Location: 777 Evening St., Columbus, OH 43085
Phone: 614-224-6672

This performance of Disney’s Lion King by the Advanced Performance Academy (kids age 8-11) is 30 minutes long and recommended for ages 5 and up!

2. Ashland Ohio BalloonFest at Freer Field

When: Thursday – Saturday, June 29 – July 1, 2017
Time Begins Thursday at 4:00 PM and ends late Saturday night.
Location: State Route 60 at Morgan Ave., Ashland, OH 44805

Watch hot air balloons take off, enjoy pony rides, laser tag, inflatables, an exotic animal show, an interactive balloon glow and much more at this three day BalloonFest in Ashland, OH!

3. KidX Club at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Friday, June 30, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy., Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-846-1500

This weekly event for kids will take place at the fountain, outside at Polaris Fashion Place or inside near the play area if it rains! This week’s theme is Globe Trotting and there will be princesses in attendance!

4. Where’s the Penguin? in Downtown Delaware

When: Saturday, July 1, 2017
Time: varies by location
Location: 25 W. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-363-0290

Beginning July 1 through July 30, explore 25 downtown Delaware businesses in search of Penguin! Pick up a passport at Fundamentals Children’s Books, Toys and Games and start the hunt!

5. Worthington Hills Fourth of July

When: Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday, July 1, 2 & 4, 2017
Time: various times
Location: Worthington Hills

Worthington Hills celebrates the 4th of July with a Firecracker Trot, softball games, a Fun Fest that includes carnival games,  inflatables, a DJ, raffles and food trucks and a parade and fireworks on Tuesday!

6. Independence Day at Ohio Village

When: Saturday, July 1, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus OH 43211
Phone: 614-297-2300

Enjoy old-fashioned family fun including a Grand Procession, music, dancing, an Ohio Village Muffins base ball game, ice cream making, crafts, games on the green and more! This event is included with admission or membership.

7. Family Day at Pizzuti Collection

When: Saturday, July 1, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 632 N Park St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-280-4004

Admission is free all day for this event that includes tours of the exhibits, and an art inspired activity book! Tours take place at 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM. See our visit here.

8. MAKEbreak at Michaels Stores

When: Saturday, July 1, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: your local Michaels Store

Make a wearable art t-shirt, tote bag or shoes. Purchase of the apparel item is required but the supplies are free. Recommended for ages 3 and up.

9. Olentangy Summer Bash

When: Saturday, July 1, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: 675 Lewis Center Rd., Lewis Center, OH 43035

This free event features family friendly activities, entertainment, food and drink that will culminate in a fireworks display at 10:00 PM! Alex Angelo and Liberty Deep Down will headline and there will be a Family Fun Zone a Food Truck Festival and more!

10. Red White and Boom

When: Monday, July 3, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: Downtown Columbus

Ohio’s largest fireworks display is preceded by live music, a children’s park which includes inflatables, a bounce house, slides, an obstacle course, COSI on wheels, Columbus Blue Jackets Slap Shot, Face Painters and more! The parade begins at 6:00 PM at the Main St. Bridge. Fireworks begin at 10:00 PM!

11. Ballpark Boom at Huntington Park

When: Monday, July 3, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: 330 Huntington Park Ln., Columbus, OH 43215

If you’re heading down to Red, White and Boom, check out this family friendly event at Huntington Park which includes inflatables, a zipline, concessions and more! Live music includes the bands McGuffey Lane and Phil Dirt and the Dozers! They will play until 11:00 PM with a break for the fireworks! Admission is $5 and there is an additional cost for other activities.

12. City of Dublin Independence Day Celebration

When: Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Location: various locations throughout Dublin
Phone: 614-410-4545

Dublin’s Independence Day celebration includes a fishing derby, parade, kids zone, food vendors, live music and fireworks! Anyone over the age of 4 must have a purchased wristband for entrance into the Evening Celebration. See wristband info here.

13. Upper Arlington 4th of July Parade and Party in the Park

When: Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: see link for parade route

The Upper Arlington celebration includes a parade, Party in the Park at Northam Park and fireworks at 10:00 PM!

14. Olentangy 4th of July Parade

When: Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 2840 E. Orange Rd., Lewis Center, OH 43035

This parade in Lewis center begins at Olentangy Orange High School at 10:00 AM or you can take place in the Freedom 4 Miler or kids fun run at 8:00 AM and stay for the parade!

15. July 4th Parade in Hilliard

When: Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 5035 Northwest Pkwy., Hilliard, OH

Hilliard’s parade departs from the Franklin County Fairgrounds and ends at Memorial Middle School. The theme of this year’s parade is Home of the Free Because of the Brave. Parade awards are given at 6:00 PM at Hilliard’s Station Park.

16. The Gahanna Independence Day Celebration

When: Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Time: Parade begins at 10:30 AM
Location: various locations in Gahanna

Gahanna’s Independence Day celebration includes a parade, Creekside Family Day (which includes live music, food and family activities) and a fireworks display! See the link for all the times and details.

17. 4th of July in Delaware

When: Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Time: Parade begins at 3:00 PM
Location: various locations in Delaware

Delaware’s Independence Day events include a parade, outdoor concert and fireworks!

18. Grove City Independence Day Celebration

When: Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Location: Grove City High School, 4665 Hoover Rd., Grove City, OH 43123

Grove City’s celebration of Independence Day includes live music, children’s activities including games, inflatables and rock climbing, concessions and fireworks! Parking lots open at 5:30 PM and the fireworks start at 9:50 PM.

19. 4th of July in Westerville

When: Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Time: 6:30 AM – 11:00 PM
Location: various locations in Westerville

Westerville’s 4th of July celebration includes a Run/Walk and Children’s Fun Run, a parade, live music, food trucks, a Kids Zone and fireworks! This year’s theme is “Home of the Free, Because of the Brave.”

20. Clintonville July 4th Celebration

When: Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Time: 7:30 AM – 11:00 PM
Location: 3901 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

Celebrate the 4th of July at Whetstone Park of Roses with a community breakfast, a Run/Walk, flag raising, pet parade, bike decorating contest, fishing derby, concessions and fireworks!


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What Should We Do This Weekend? July 1-3, 2016: July 4th Edition!

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Yay for long weekends and holidays! Here is a mix of activities for your weekend, some are 4th of July related and some are not! Regardless, there is definitely no lack of entertainment this weekend! We’ll be celebrating my “baby’s” 2nd birthday! The second year goes so much faster than the first, don’t you think? I hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July!

1. Ashland Balloonfest

When: Thursday, June 30 – Saturday, July 2, 2016
Time: Begins Thursday at 4:00 PM and ends on Sunday morning (see link for schedule)
Location: 1256 Center Street, Ashland, OH 44805

If you’re looking to take a road trip this weekend, the Ashland Balloonfest is a whole weekend of fun events including a kids fun zone, exotic animals, fire trucks on display, COSI on Wheels, concessions and of course, hot air balloons!

2. KidX Club at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Friday, July 1, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: the fountain at Polaris Lifestyle Center (outside), 1500 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-456-0180

KidX Club is happening every Friday at Polaris Mall through August 12, 2016. Each week has a theme and this week is Safe Smart! Make an ID bracelet and enter the raffle for a bike helmet!

3. Red White and Boom

When: Friday, July 1, 2016
Time: Activities beginning at 12:00 PM
Location: Downtown Columbus

This huge event in downtown Columbus includes a parade, live music, Taste of BOOM, live broadcasts, a children’s park, fireworks and an after party! For kids, the Columbia Gas’ Children’s Park is at the corner of Neil Ave. and Long St.. There will be inflatables, a dunk tank, COSI on Wheels, Columbus Blue Jackets Slap Shot, face painting and more! It will be open from 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM. The parade kicks off at 6:00 PM and will take place mainly on Front St. between Main and Long. Check the website for parking info and lots of details about attending the event!

4. Ballpark “Boom” at Huntington Park

When: Friday, July 1, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: 330 Huntington Park Ln, Columbus, OH 43215

For $5 you can enter Huntington Park for family-friendly fun at the ballpark. Activities include firecrackers, inflatables, zip lining, and two live concerts. Stay to view the fireworks and concert that continues afterwards. Tickets are available for resale or at the ticket office the night of. Some activities have additional costs.

5. Chalk it UP! in Downtown Delaware

When: Friday, July 1, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 20 E. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-362-6050

Check out the sidewalk chalk art competition during Delaware’s First Friday!

6. Reynoldsburg Independence Day Festival in Civic Park

When: Friday, July 1, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: 1600 Daugherty Dr., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

This pre-fireworks festival includes inflatables, food trucks and live entertainment! Fireworks start at 9:45 PM!

7. Home Depot Kids Workshop

When: Saturday, July 2, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: your local Home Depot

Parent and child can come together to build an Ice Age: Collision Course bowling game. Kids get a certificate of achievement, a workshop apron and a commemorative pin!

8. Family Days at Pizzuti Collection

When: Saturday, July 2 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 632 N Park St, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 614-280-4004

Family Days at the Pizzuti Collection has been moved to the first Saturday of the month, in conjunction with Gallery Hop! These special days include guided children’s tours at 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM and a scavenger hunt. Each child will also be given their own sketchbook! You can read about our visit to the Pizzuti Collection here.

9. Ohio Roller Girls at Ohio Expo Center

When: Saturday, July 2, 2016
Time: 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Ohio Building, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211

This Saturday is your last chance to see the Ohio Roller Girls at home! Children under 8 are always free and games are kid-friendly!

10. Independence Day at Ohio Village

When: Saturday, July 2, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Ohio History Center, 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus OH, 43211
Phone: 614-297-2300

Celebrate Independence Day with a parade, music, dancing and other old-fashioned family activities at Ohio Village!

11. Olentangy Summer Bash

When: Saturday, July 2, 2016
Time: Gates open at 6:00 PM
Location: Olentangy Braves Stadium, 675 Lewis Center Road, Lewis Center, OH 43035

This celebration features a Kids Zone and a Teen Zone, a live DJ and a fireworks show accompanied by a live soundtrack on Mix 107.9!

12. Creekside Family Day at the Independence Day Celebration

When: Monday, July 4, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 117 Mill St., Gahanna, OH 43230

Creekside Family Day includes activities throughout Creekside Park and Olde Gahanna such as face painting, inflatables, game truck, hamster balls and other family activities set up by featured sponsors! Live music takes place on the Rotary Stage! Some events require purchase of a wristband to participate.

Looking for more 4th of July celebrations around the Columbus area? Check out the list of 4th of July Fireworks and Parades from Columbus Moms Blog.

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