What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, July 3-5, 2020: 4th of July Weekend

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Need something to do with the kids over Independence Day Weekend? Try out one of these 12 Columbus and Ohiobased activities with your family this weekend!

Happy 4th of July! Please stay safe and healthy this weekend as you celebrate! Check out this list of events for the upcoming weekend and if you need even more ideas make sure to check out:

12 Family Friendly Things to Do 4th of July Weekend in Columbus, Ohio:

1. Lights of Liberty Light Show

Celebrate the 4th of July with a drive through light show! Enjoy a patriotic, synchronized light show from the comfort of your own car! This show will be available July 1-5, 2020 from 9:00 PM to 11:30 PM and the cost is $10/vehicle. The show is presented by the City of Westerville and the Rotary Club of Westerville, in partnership with Butch Bando’s Fanstasy of Lights and proceeds after costs of staging the attraction will be shared with Honor Flight Westerville and SEALKIDS. Buy your tickets in advance here!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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2. KidX Summer Series at Polaris Fashion Place

This kid-friendly event takes place outside at the Lifestyle Center Fountain from 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM on Fridays. This year the event will be a completely DRIVE-THRU event that includes music, crafts, characters and free ice cream! This week’s theme is Witches & Wizards

3. Visit the Paul Busse Garden Railway at Franklin Park Conservatory 

Opening July 1, 2020, this outdoor railroad will be on display in the Grand Mallway! The display is made from items found in nature, miniature garden, waterfalls and magical scenes! Also this Sunday is Community Days when Franklin County and City of Columbus residents get in free. You must purchase your ticket in advance to visit the Conservatory!

4. Independence Day Family Value Week at Young’s Jersey Dairy

Young’s Jersey Dairy is offering a Family Value Wristband for unlimited fun at the attractions at Young’s Jersey Dairy. Cost is $15 for ages 12 up and $9 for 11 and under. This year the special has been extend for 10 full days: June 26-July 5, 2020. 

 5. Drive-in Zoovies at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 

Watch a movie in the parking lot at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium! Movies will be played on Fridays and Saturdays at 5:30 PM and 9:30 PM. A different movie will be played each night. Movies are currently scheduled into mid July. Cost is $30 per vehicle for non-zoo members and $25 per vehicle for Zoo members (includes one free bag of popcorn for members). Add on a Zooper Snack Pack for $20 which includes 4 bottled beverages and 2 bags of popcorn. 

6. Outdoor Movie Night in Downtown Bellefontaine

Watch A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood outdoors in Downtown Bellefontaine on Friday night! Purchase your tickets by July 3! 

7. Obetz Fireworks

Obetz Fireworks will take place on July 4th with the goal of people being able to watch them from their homes, so if you live in the area, check the skies as they have ordered only high flying fire works this year and the show starts at 9:50 PM.

8. Hilliard Fourth of July Celebration

Hilliard’s 4th of July celebration takes place June 29-July 2 with neighborhood parades, an art competition, front yard parties and more!

9. Independence Day Neighborhood Parade in New Albany 

If you live in New Albany, check the link for the map of the Independence Neighborhood Parade! The parade begins at 10:00 AM!

10. Independence Day Neighborhood Jams in Gahanna

Check out one of 4 neighborhood parks for a country music concert! The first concert begins at 12:00 PM and the last one takes place at 4:30 PM. 

11. FREE FREEDOM RINGS! at Dublin Toy Emporium 

Sign up for a play time that includes a craft time, star hunt, prizes and a freedom ring toss on Saturday, July 4! (One family at a time.) Curbside pick up of the craft is also available! Make your reservations ahead of time! Animation Workshop

12. 2020 Reopening at the Ohio Railway Museum

Celebrate the reopening of the museum with free admission and $1 train rides! This special is only available on Sunday, July 5, 2020 from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM. 

–>> Need more to do this summer? Try 5 Cool Outdoor Activities for Kids in the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks or one of these 12 Columbus Parks to Try this Summer <<–

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*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources.  Times, dates and locations are subject to change. There may be a fee to participate in a featured activity.  Please call ahead or check links to confirm activities. Inclusion of an event on this list is not considered an endorsement. Please use your best judgement when attending public events and consult your doctor if you have questions regarding the safety level of a public event. Read my disclaimer here. Enjoy what you do today!*


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Fourth of July Celebrations and Fireworks Displays near Columbus, Ohio

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Celebrate Independence Day in Central Ohio with one of these parades, firework displays or community celebrations! There are so many 4th of July Celebrations around Columbus!

This year, the 4th of July falls on a Thursday so you can find community celebrations happening throughout the entire week and weekend! Columbus’ main event is Red, White and Boom, the largest firework display in Central Ohio, and it happens on Wednesday, July 3, 2019.

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Fourth of July Celebrations in Columbus and Central Ohio:

Red White and Boom – You can begin celebrating on July 2nd with a Charity Day 5K. All ages are welcome to participate. The Ford Oval honor Red, White & BOOM Parade takes place at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, July 3rd and the entire day (beginning at 11:00 AM) is filled with activities like a street festival, live music, food vendors and the fireworks show at 10:00 PM.

Grove City – the fun begins on July 4th at 6:00 PM with children’s activities, inflatables and a rock climbing wall. The fireworks show begins at Grove City High School at 9:40 PM.

Westerville – a full day of activities on Independence Day happens in Westerville with a 5K Run & Walk, a parade, family fun zone including food trucks and live music, and the fireworks at 10:0 PM.

Worthington – Independence Day in Worthington includes the Rotary Family Picnic with food, music, Supergames and lots of festivities! The fireworks begin at 10:00 PM. 

Delaware – celebrate July 4th in Delaware with a parade at 3:00 PM, an outdoor concert at Ohio Wesleyan University at 7:30 PM and fireworks beginning at 10:00 PM. 

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Reynoldsburg – Independence Day Festivities in Reynoldsburg take place on July 3rd from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM and include live music, inflatables and food trucks. The fireworks begin at 9:45 PM. Celebrate Independence Day with a parade at 9:00 AM on July 4th.

Hilliard – Begin the 4th of July with a parade at 9:00 AM. Freedom Fest in Hilliard takes place at Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park and includes live music, food trucks, a Kids Zone with SuperGames and Fireworks. The park opens at 11:30 AM and Freedom Fest begins at 3:00 PM. The fireworks begin at dusk.

Lewis Center – the Olentangy Summer Bash includes live music, food trucks, a kids area with inflatables and other activities and fireworks. Gates open at 4:00 PM and the fireworks begin at 10:00 PM.Tickets are available online.

Upper Arlington – 4th of July celebrations in Upper Arlington begin with a community parade at 9:00 am, the Party in the Park at 5:00 PM and fireworks at 10:00 PM.

Bexley – begin the 4th of July in Bexley with the John Barr 5K Run, a parade at 9:30 AM, a Community Celebration on the front lawn of Capital University and fireworks at 10:00 PM.

Lancaster – the 4th of July parade in Lancaster begins at 10:00 AM from the Fairfield County Fairgrounds. The day continues with rides, concessions and entertainment at the Fairgrounds and fireworks at 10:00 PM.

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Clintonville – celebrate the 4th of July in Clintonville with a Run/Walk, Community Breakfast, Pet and Bike parades, baseball games, fishing derby, music and concessions and fireworks at 10:00 PM.

Sunbury – the 4th of July celebrations begin at 7:00 AM with an Arts and Crafts Fair, a parade at 10:00 AM, a Kids Zone on the Square, a hot dog eating contest, race and fireworks at dusk!

Gahanna – celebrate Independence Day in Gahanna with a parade at 10:30 AM, a Community Family Day at Creekside Park and Plaza with live music, an activity area, food vendors and more. Fireworks begin at 10:00 PM>

Obetz – this 4th of July celebration at Fortress Obetz includes games, fireworks, inflatables, giveaways and more! The gates open at 6:00 PM for this free event. Friwaorks begin at 9:50 PM.

Granville – celebrate Independence Day with concessions and rides from Wednesday through Saturday in Downtown Granville. Celebrate the 4th of July with a race and parade, a pet contest, concert and more! Fireworks take place on Friday night at 10:00 PM at Wildwood Park.

I wish you all a happy and safe Independence Day!


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Columbus Area 4th of July Celebrations, Fireworks and Parades

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Find your local fireworks display or parade on this list of Columbus area 4th of July Celebrations!

MONDAY:

10:30 AM – Kids Patriotic Themed Cupcake Decorating Class at Smidge and Pinch – kids 5 and up can learn how to make 5 patriotic themed cupcakes!

5:00 PM – July 4th Streetfest in West Jefferson – the Streetfest is open 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM on Monday and Tuesday, 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM on Wednesday. Fireworks are at 10:00 PM Wednesday!

6:00 PM – Old-Fashioned Fireworks at Clark County Fair – gates open at 6:00 PM, live music starts at 7:00 and fireworks begin at 10:00 PM.

TUESDAY:

9:30 AM – Independence Day themed Stroller Strides at Fancyburg Park – work out with your kids at an Independence Day themed Stroller Strides class!

10:00 AM – Handprint Firework Craft at Highbanks Metro Park – work out with your kids and afterwards kids can do a handprint fireworks craft!

12:00 PM – Red, White & BOOM! in Downtown Columbus – The Children’s Park is open 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM and features activities for kids of all ages, the Ford Oval of Honor Red, White & BOOM! Parade begins at 5:30 at the Main St. Bridge and heads north down Front St., Fireworks begin at 10:00 PM. There will be live music, vendors, food and more!

5:00 PM – July 4th Streetfest in West Jefferson – the Streetfest is open 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM on Monday and Tuesday, 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM on Wednesday. Fireworks are at 10:00 PM Wednesday!

5:30 PM – Ballpark “Boom”! at Huntington Park – activities include inflatables, concessions, live music and a great view of the fireworks. Activities require a wristband and admission is $5 at the gate.

6:00 PM – Reynoldsburg Independence Day Festivities – includes carnival games, food vendors and inflatables. Fireworks begin at 9:45 PM.

7:00 PM – Johnstown Fireworks – festivities begin at 7:00 PM including entertainment and food vendors. Fireworks begin at dusk.

WEDNESDAY:

8:00 AM – Dublin Independence Day Celebration – includes a fishing derby, Inflation Celebration, parade at 11:00 AM, an Evening Celebration featuring Sheryl Crow and fireworks at 9:50 PM.

8:00 AM – Clintonville July Fourth – begins with a 4 mile run/walk, flag raising, pet and bike parade, a fishing derby, activities in the park and fireworks at 10:00 PM.

8:00 AM –Upper Arlington Independence Day Parade – the parade begins at Northwest and Zollinger and ends at Northstar.

9:00 AM – 2018 4th of July Parade in Marysville – parade steps of at 10:00 AM at American Legion park and continues through Marysville.

9:00 AM – Lancaster 4th of July Celebration – the parade begins at 10:00 AM from the Fairfield County Fairgrounds, from 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM there will be activities at the fairgrounds including live music, a donut eating contest, amusement rides, arts and crafts and more! The fireworks begin at 10:00 PM.

9:30 AM – Bexley 4th of July Celebrations – parade begins at 9:30 AM, the Community Celebration begins at 6:00 PM on the front lawn at Capital. Fireworks begin at 10:00 PM.

10:00 AM — Reynoldsburg Independence Day Parade – parade begins at 10:00 AM.

10:00 AM – Doo Dah Parade and Block Party – a block party happens from 10:00 AM – 7:300 PM at High and Buttles. Entry is free. Doo Dah Parade steps off at 1:00 PM.

10:30 AM – Gahanna Independence Day Celebration – parade begins at 10:30 AM at Clark Hall and Community Family Day will take place from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM at Creekside Park and Plaza. There will be live music, vendors, activities and more. Fireworks launch at 10:00 PM at the Gahanna Municipal Golf Course. The viewing area open at 6:00 PM.

10:00 AM – Olentangy Community 4th of July Parade – parade begins at Olentangy Orange High School at 10:00 AM.

10:00 AM – Lancaster’s 4th of July Parade – begins at the County Fairgrounds at 10:00 AM.

11:00 AM – Northland Community Fourth of July Parade – parade kicks off at 11:00 AM at Morse and Karl Rds.

11:00 AM – New Albany Foruth of July Celebration – parade begins at 11:00 AM, Festival begins at 6:30 PM including family activities, food trucks and live music, fireworks begin at dusk.

11:00 AM – Groveport 4th of July Celebration – parade begins at 11:00 AM, children activities are from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM, there will be live music and fireworks begin at dusk.

12:00 PM – July 4th Streetfest in West Jefferson – the Streetfest is open 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM on Monday and Tuesday, 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM on Wednesday. Fireworks are at 10:00 PM Wednesday!

12:00 PM – 4th of July in Hilliard at Roger A Reynolds Municipal Park – the annual 4th of July Parade begins at 10:00 AM and a full day of fun continues at Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park including a digital scavenger hunt, food trucks and live music. The fireworks begin at dusk.

12:00 PM – 2018 Worthington Hills Fourth of July – parade begins at 12:00 PM and fireworks begin at dusk.

1:00 PM – Westerville 4th of July Celebrations – 1:00 PM – parade begins in Uptown Westerville, enjoy activities, live music and food trucks at Westerville South H.S. from 2:00 PM – 10:00PM. Fireworks begin at 10:00 PM.

3:00 PM – Delaware City 4th of July Celebration – Parade begins at 3:00 PM, The Central Ohio Symphony performs at 7:30 PM and fireworks begin at 10:00 PM.

3:00 PM – Plain City 4th of July Celebration – parade begins at 3:00 PM and fireworks begin at 9:45 PM.

4:00 PM – The Worthington Family Picnic and Fireworks – includes food, live entertainment, Supergames and fireworks at 10:00 PM. Also enjoy activities at McConnel Arts Center.

4:00 PM – July 4th Celebration in Pickerington – enjoy a parade at 6:00 PM, opening ceremonies at 7:30 PM, live music and fireworks at 10:00 PM.

5:30 PM – Party in the Park in Northam Park – Celebrate UA’s Centennial with a festival in the park! Fireworks begin at 10:00 PM.

6:00 PM – The Famous Fortress Fireworks at Fortress Obetz – gates open at 6:00 PM for food vendors, inflatables and games. Fireworks begin at 9:50 PM.

6:00 PM – Grove City Independence Day Celebration – gates open at 5:30 PM for free children’s activities, fireworks begin at 9:50 PM.

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