4th of July Fireworks: In and Around Columbus: 2017


The 4th of July will be here before we know it! It’s a great idea to plan ahead for all of the festivities and events around the city. So here is your list of places to celebrate! Many communities offer more than just fireworks. You’ll find parades, bands, food trucks and activities. Be sure to check the city websites listed below closer to the event, as times and activities may change. We hope you have a wonderful holiday! 

Friday, June 23-24th, 2017


Where: Village Green Park

When: June 24th, 2017

Fireworks: June 24th at 10:15 p.m.

Activities: Festival runs June 23-June 24. Live entertainment, kids zone and more!

Powell Website

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Patriotic Popcorn 

Where: Columbus Commons

When: June 30th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Activities: AmpitheatreChildren will enjoy free popcorn and free pre-concert activities including face painting, art projects, playing with musical instruments, and the Columbus Commons Family Fun Zone with inflatables and open play activities.

Patriotic Pops Website

Saturday, July 1st, 2017


Where: Wildwood Park

When: July 1st, 2017 – July 3rd, 2017

Fireworks: Activities for fireworks begin at 8:00 p.m. on July 2nd, 2017

Activities: Street fair, rides, concessions both days 

Parade: Parade will take place on July 4th, 2017 at 10:45 a.m. 

Granville Website

Patriotic Pops featuring Harmony Project

Where: Columbus Commons

When: July 1st, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

Fireworks: After the show

Activities: The Columbus Symphony Orchestra and the Harmony Project will play patriotic favorites. 

Patriotic Pops


Monday, JULY 3rd, 2017 

Red White and Boom

This is Ohio’s largest firework display.

Parade: 6:00 p.m.

Where: Downtown

When: Monday, July 3, 2017

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.

Red, White and Boom Website

Ballpark Boom

Watch the Red, White and Boom fireworks inside of Huntington Park. Listen to entertainment from Phil Dirt and the Dozers and McGuffey Lane. Admission is $5. Additional activities (zip line, inflatables, creativity zone, etc.) require a purchased wristband.

Gates Open: 5:45 p.m.

Where: Huntington Park (Clippers Stadium)

When: Monday, July 3, 2017

Fireworks: 10:00 p.m. (Red, White and Boom fireworks)

Ballpark Boom



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

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

Fireworks: dusk

Activities: 6:30 p.m. Sticks and Stones, 8:00 p.m. Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra

Newark Website


Parade: On July 4, the Parade will begin at 10 a.m. (starts at the intersection of Rosehill Road and East Main St.)

Where: Civic Park

When: July 3, 2017 and July 4, 2017

Fireworks: 9:45 p.m. on July 3rd, 2017. 

Activities: 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. on July 3, 2017 there will be carnival games, inflatables, and food vendors. 

Reynoldsburg Website


Parade: 10:00 a.m. on July 4th, 2017 From Yearling Road and Broad Street to John Bishop Park

Where: Whitehall Yearling High School Football Stadium 

When: July 3rd, 2017 and July 4th, 2017

Fireworks: July 3rd, 2017 from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. is the fireworks viewing party and event. 

Whitehall Website

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 


Parade: 9:30 a.m. (The Bexley July 4th Parade has a 2.8 mile route starting at Maryland Avenue/Remington Road and ending at Fair Avenue and Cassingham)

Where: Capital University

When: July 4th, 2017 

Fireworks: 10:00 p.m. at Capital University 

Activities: The community celebration with family events, music, and food begins at 5:30 p.m.

Bexley Website


When: July 4th, 2017

Where: Whetstone Park 

Fireworks: 10:00 p.m.

Activities: The day’s events include a community breakfast, 5k Run/Walk; a pet show, bike decorating contest, fishing derby, live music, and more!  See the website for complete details.

Clintonville Website


Parade: 11:00 a.m. 

When: July 4, 2017

Fireworks: 9:50 p.m.

Activities: The 2017 Independence Day Celebration theme is “Do You Feel Like We Do About the Red, White, and Blue?”
The 31st Annual Sherm Sheldon Fishing Derby kicks off the daylong celebration at 8 a.m., followed by the annual parade at 11 a.m. The Celebration at the stadium begins at 4:30 p.m., followed by an impressive display of fireworks and the Grand Finale at 9:50 p.m.

Dublin Website 


Parade: 10:30 a.m. (Parade route is from Clark Hall west on Granville St. ending at Stygler Rd.)

When: July 4th, 2017

Where: Creekside Park and Old Gahanna

Fireworks: Show begins at 10 p.m. at the Gahanna Municipal Golf Course

Activities: Live music on the Rotary Stage and Family activities throughout Creekside Park and Olde Gahanna (5:00- 9:00 p.m.) 

Gahanna Website

Grove City 

Where: Grove City High School Stadium

When: July 4, 2017

Fireworks: 9:50 p.m. 

Activities: From 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. celebrate American independence with an inspiring pyrotechnic display in the skies over Grove City. Before the fireworks, enjoy patriotic music in the Grove City High School football stadium and family activities at the Grove City Church of the Nazarene.

Grove City Website


Parade: Large parade at 10:00 a.m. that begins at the Franklin County Fairgrounds and proceeds down Main Street to Norwich Street to Cemetery Street through the roundabouts and ends in the school parking lot. Parade lasts till 11:30 a.m.

When: July 4, 2017

Where: Roger Reynolds Municipal Park, 3800 Veterans Memorial Drive

Fireworks: Firework show at 9:45 p.m. all at Roger Reynolds Municipal Park, 3800 Veterans Memorial Drive

Activities: After the parade, attendees enjoy rides, live entertainment and food.

Hilliard Website

New Albany

Parade: 10:30 a.m

When: July 4, 2017

Where: New Albany High School 

Activities: Festival with live music, a rock climbing wall, baseball speed pitch, bounce houses, face painting, balloon clowns, speed pitch, bounce houses, caricature artists, local food vendors and more.

Fireworks: 9:45 p.m.: Fireworks at New Albany High School (7600 Fodor Rd)

New Albany Website


Parade: 6:00 p.m.

When: July 4, 2017 

Where: Victory Park 

Activities: Victory Park opens at 4:00 p.m and opening ceremonies and live music begin at 7:30 p.m. 

Fireworks: 10:00 p.m. at Victory Park (829 Hill Road North)

Pickerington Website 

Plain City

Parade: 3 p.m.

Where: Pastime Park

When: July 4, 2017

Fireworks: 9:45 p.m. 

Activities: Trombone Band, Coal Canyon Band, Food Volleyball, Bounce House

Plain City Website

Upper Arlington

Parade: 9:00 a.m. at the corner of Northwest Blvd and Zollinger Road

Where: Northam Park

When: July 4th, 2017

Fireworks: 10:00 p.m.

Activities: Party in the Park at Northam Park begins at 5:00 p.m. 

Upper Arlington Website


Parade: 3 p.m.

Fireworks: At Dusk

Westerville Website 

Be sure to check for updates! 


Parade: The parade takes place in Worthington Hills Development at 12:00 p.m.

Where: Front lawn of Worthington Thomas High School 

When: July 4 4:00-10:00 p.m.

Fireworks: 10:00 p.m.

Activities: Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a family picnic on the lawn of Thomas Worthington High School (TWHS) with food presented by a variety of popular food trucks, musical entertainment and costume characters by Mascot.org, Supergames bounce houses and much more!

Worthington Website 

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

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