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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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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*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.  Enjoy what you do today!*

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