4th of July Fireworks in and Around Columbus:: 2016


4th of July will soon be here!  Columbus sure knows how to celebrate!  Many communities offer more than just fireworks.  You’ll find parades, bands, food trucks and activities.  Check out all of the fun festivities happening for the 4th!

4th of July Fireworks in Columbus

Notes: If you don’t want to fight the crowds, get close enough to the action and find a park or other open spot to watch the fireworks in the sky.  Be sure to use the links to double check the information to make sure there haven’t been any changes.

4th of July fireworks in ColumbusPowell Festival

Where: Village Green Park (47 Hall Street)

When: Friday, June 24 & Saturday, June 25

Fireworks: 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 25

Activities: Lots of food and drink options, live entertainment and a Kid Zone with more than a dozen rides, games and activities.

Friday- Bands:: 5 p.m. Temple Monkey, 7 p.m. Pearl River Band, 9 p.m. Reaganomics

Saturday- Entertainment beginning at noon and continues until the 8 p.m Bone Journey show.

More Info: Powell Website

Red, White and Boom!

This is Ohio’s largest firework display.

Where: Downtown

When: Friday, July 1

Fireworks: 10:00 p.m.

Activities: Children’s Park (noon-8 p.m.) will have inflatables, COSI on Wheels, Face Painters and more.  Taste of Boom (3-11 p.m.) will feature some of Columbus’ top restaurants where you can buy food and drinks while listening to music.  Lots of live bands throughout the day on several different stages.  A one-mile parade begins at 6 p.m.

More Info: Red, White & Boom Website


Where: Civic Park

When: Friday, July 1st

Fireworks: 9:45 p.m.

Activities: food trucks, inflatables and live entertainment (close at 9:00 p.m.)

More Info: Reynoldsburg Website

Patriotic Pops and Fireworks

Where: Columbus Commons

When: Saturday, July 2 at 8:00 p.m.

Activities: Listen to patriotic songs performed by Columbus Symphony Orchestra

More Info: Patriotic Pops Website


Bands: Rhythm and Blues bands begin at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Johnstown Monroe High School

When: Sunday, July 3rd

Fireworks: 9:30 p.m.

More Info: Johnstown Website


Where: Martha Grace Ampitheatre on the shared campus of Ohio State Newark and Central Ohio Technical College

When: Sunday, July 3rd beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Fireworks: dusk

Activities: 6:30 p.m. Sticks and Stones, 8:00 p.m. The Heisey Wind Ensemble

More Info: Newark Website


Where: John Bishop Park

When: Sunday, July 3rd

Fireworks: 10:00 p.m.

Activities: live music, games for kids and food.

More Info: Whitehall Website


Parade: 11 a.m. Metro Center through Historic Dublin

Where: Dublin Coffman High School Stadium *Wristband required for entry

When: Monday, July 4 from 4:30-10:15 p.m.

Fireworks: 9:50 p.m.

Activities: Dublin is known for the artists that perform.  The headliners this year are Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and KC and the Sunshine Band.

More Info: Dublin Website


Parade: 10 a.m.

Where: Roger A. Reynold’s Memorial Park (3800 Veterans Memorial Drive)

When: Monday, July 4th

Fireworks: dusk

Activities: Rides, food, games and more!  Elvis Tribute band will play from 5-7 p.m. in Hilliard’s Station Park.  KPS Band will play at 6 p.m. at Roger A. Reynold’s Memorial Park.

More Info: Hilliard Website 

Upper Arlington

Parade: 9 a.m. (Starts at the intersection of Northwest Blvd. and Zollinger Rd and continues across Lane Avenue to the intersection of Northwest Blvd. and North Star Road.

Where: Northam Park (2070 Northam Road)

When: Monday, July 4

Fireworks: 10 p.m.

Activities: Party in the Park begins at 5 p.m.

More Info: Upper Arlington Website


Parade: 1 p.m. begins moving south on State through Uptown Westerville and ending at Electric Ave.  *Bring boxed and canned food items for a Food Drive.

Where: Westerville South High School

When: Monday, July 4th

Fireworks: Dusk (approximately 10 p.m.) Fireworks will be simulcast with 104.9 The River.

Activities: 3 p.m. food trucks and food cars, 3:30 p.m. Westerville symphony, 5:00 p.m. Musician John Reichle, 6:15 p.m. Hurricane Jerry & the Stormfront, 8 p.m. McGuffey Lane

More Info: Westerville Website


Where: Thomas Worthington High School front lawn (300 W. Dublin Granville Rd.)

When: Monday, July 4 from 4:00-11:00 p.m.

Fireworks: 10 p.m.

Activities: Food, live musical entertainment, Supergames and more!  Bring your own lawn chairs and blanket and enjoy the family picnic.

More Info: Worthington Website


Parade: 10:30 a.m. Parade begins at Clark Hall, heads west on Granville Street and ends at Stygler Rd.

Where: Creekside Park and olde Gahanna will have activities from 5:00-9:00 p.m. The fireworks will be at the Gahanna Municipal Golf Course.  The golf course opens for viewing at 8:00 p.m.

When: Monday, July 4

Fireworks: 10 p.m.

Activities: Live music and family activities will take place throughout Creekside Park.

More Info: Gahanna Website

Grove City

Where: Grove City Football Stadium

When: Monday, July 4 (rain date: July 5)

Fireworks: 9:50 p.m.

Activities: Music and fun will take place before the fireworks at the Grove City Football Stadium and there will be family activities at the Grove City Church of the Nazarene

More Info: Grove City Website


Parade: 6 p.m.

Where: Victory Park

When: Monday, July 4

Fireworks: 10:00 p.m.

Activities: Park opens at 4:00 p.m.  Enjoy parade, rides, live music, food and end the evening with fireworks.

More Info: Pickerington Website


Parade: 9:30 a.m. The 2.8-mile parade route starts at Maryland Avenue/Remington Road and ending at Fair Avenue and Cassingham.

Where: Capital University

When: Monday, July 4

Fireworks: 10:00 p.m.

Activities: Music, food, and family events begin at 6:00 p.m.

More Info: Bexley Website

Plain City

Parade: 3:00 p.m.

Where: Pastime Park

When: Monday, July 4

Fireworks: 9:45 p.m.

Activities: Band starts at 7:00 p.m.

More Info: Plain City Website

Did we miss a location?  Let us know and we’ll add it!  Have a safe and fun Fourth of July!

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Amy is an "on the go momma" to two spunky and fun loving kids (ages 9 & 8). She came to Columbus to pursue a career in elementary education and decided this was home. She’s an avid traveler, yet can’t master the art of packing. Her philosophy is bring it all because you don’t know if you’re going to need it. If you ever decide to take a trip with her, don’t worry about bringing a camera because she’ll take enough photos of the experience that it will likely crash your hard drive. Before kids, you could find everything neatly organized and straight vacuum lines in her carpet, but these days she's not bothered with worrying about the small stuff. You can catch her belting out her favorite song, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and using her two left feet to bust a move with her family during their frequent impromptu dance parties. She loves living in such a family-friendly city!


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