2014 Independence Day events

Independence Day events around central Ohio.

Below is a list of some central Ohio area activities, events and ceremonies planned in observance of the Independence Day holiday. All activities are on July 4 unless noted otherwise.


Fireworks start at 10 p.m. on Capital University Main Lawn.


Entertainment (5 p.m. - 10 p.m.) and Fireworks at Whetstone Park (10 p.m.).


Columbus Symphony Orchestra Patriotic Pops (July 5) at dusk. Columbus Commons dowtown.


Chalk it Up! chalk drawing contest. Creative Strings Festival music hop (6-9 p.m.). Central Ohio Symphony outdoor concert (7:30 p.m.), Phillips Glen, Ohio Wesleyan University. Fireworks follow the concert at 10 p.m. Call 740-362-1799 or 888-999-2676.

(Delaware County) Orange Township

Beach Bash with food vendors, kids area, DJ, live music, Champps Beer Garden  and more at the Alum Creek State Park Beach from 4 p.m. until midnight. Fireworks will be launched from Alum Creek State Park Beach at 9:45 p.m.


Skyhoundz Hyperflight canine Frisbee competition starts a 4 p.m. at Coffman Park. Gates at Coffman High School Stadium open at 4:30 p.m. and the annual pre-fireworks concert starts at 5 p.m. with the Emerald City Swing Orchestra. Opening act The Floorwalkers performs at 6:15 p.m., followed by headliner Earth, Wind and Fire at 8 p.m. The fireworks are set to go off at 9:50 p.m. All activities are free.

Grove City

Blast at Beulah Independence Celebration, Beulah Park (3811 Southwest Blvd). Children’s activities and food vendors start at 5:30 p.m.  Salute to Veterans at 8 p.m. Fireworks at 10 p.m.


Continuous Bands on Wirt Road from 1:30 p.m.-9:45 p.m. A Kids Parade will be held at Groveport Elementary at 3:30 p.m. A  Kids Tractor Pull will start at 5 p.m. Live music starts in Heritage Park at 5:30 p.m., followed by fireworks at dusk.


Join the conga line at this year’s July 4 festivities in Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park featuring live entertainment by McGuffey Lane, an American Country Rock tribute band The band is sponsored by AAA, Pepsi and the Hilliard Arts Council. The fireworks display starts at 9:45 p.m. Get Your Ride On in Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park with Durant Enterprises Inc. The rides, games and food begin on July 3 at 5 p.m.


Fireworks show starts at 9 p.m. and will be launched at the Union County Fairgrounds (845 N Main St). More information: 937-645-1050.

New Albany

A community festival starts at 6 p.m., at New Albany High School with live entertainment, food, activities and more. Fireworks will start at 10 p.m.


Ball Games will start at 4 p.m. Other activities from 7- 10 p.m., followed by fireworks at 10 p.m.


Victory Park (829 Hill Road North) opens at 4 p.m. The annual July Fourth Parade starts at 6 p.m. Opening ceremonies at Victory Park start at 7:30 p.m. Festival will have games, activities and music. Fireworks will be launched at 10 p.m. More information: 614-833-2211.


Independence Day Flea Market at Sunbury Square from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. (admission: $1 adults/teens; children 10 and under free). Info: 740-965-2860. KidZone on the Square 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Live entertainment at Big Walnut High School starts at 6:30 p.m. followed by fireworks at 10 p.m.

Upper Arlington

Party in the park (Northam Park (2070 Northam Rd) at 5 p.m., followed by fireworks at 10 p.m.


Fireworks held at Alum Creek Park South at 10 p.m.


Picnic in the Park at John Bishop Park.


Family picnic at Thomas Worthington High School (300 W Dublin Granville Rd) from 4 p.m. - 11 p.m.  DJ music starting at 8 p.m. Fireworks will start at 10 p.m.

Worthington Hills

Fireworks at Worthington Hills Country Club will be set off at dusk.


Local coverage of July 4 events

Fourth fun to be part of PBS series

The camera will be rolling as the Fourth of July parade in Bexley showcases a variety of floats created by residents, schools, community organizations and businesses.

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Tradition common theme in holiday events schedule

Dublin will celebrate the stars and stripes with its traditional parade, music and more.

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Fourth of July run, walk has distances for all age groups

The second annual New Albany Independence Day Run and Walk will benefit the New Albany Symphony Orchestra and LifeCare Alliance of Columbus, which provides programs for senior citizens in three counties.

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Celebration to include fireworks, parade, 5K, softball

"The rocket's red glare" will burst over Reynoldsburg as part of a two-day celebration of Independence Day.

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Bill Richards named grand marshal of July 4 parade

An Upper Arlington man who dedicated much of his teaching life to recognizing U.S. military personnel and who later took over managing Honor Flight Columbus will preside over this year's July Fourth parade.

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Fourth fun times seven

The Fourth of July is just one day, but it's Whitehall's tradition to stretch the fun over a full week.

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Groveport aims to make July 4 memories for kids

Groveport's annual July 4 festivities are all about making memories that last a lifetime for the community's children, according to Bob Garvin, a member of the organizing committee.

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Pyrotechnics wrap up full day of 4th fun

The city of Delaware will host a full schedule of Independence Day events Friday, July 4 -- with a little help from local businesses.

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'Chalk It Up!' set for July 4 First Friday

Main Street Delaware's fourth annual "Chalk It Up!" sidewalk chalk art contest on Friday, July 4 -- a First Friday celebration that also includes such traditional Independence Day events as the Central Ohio Symphony's free outdoor concert and fireworks by the city of Delaware.

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Dublin's daylong events are ready to blast off

With large crowds expected for Dublin's Independence Day celebration, the city will take steps to make sure everyone has a safe holiday.

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Lions tout American pride for July 4 parade

"Proud to be an American" is the theme of the Gahanna Lions Club's annual July 4 parade scheduled to step off at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 4, from Clark Hall, 380 Granville St.

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Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for '14 Blast at Beulah

Blast at Beulah, the annual fireworks celebration presented by the Grove City Parks and Recreation Division, returns Friday, July 4 to Beulah Park, 3811 Southwest Blvd.

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Buck credits working with 'great people' for his success

Norwich Township Trustee Chuck Buck, the grand marshal of this year's Hilliard Fourth of July parade, said he would not have achieved success as a business owner and public servant without those who have surrounded him.

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Parade, ribs, fireworks among July 4 fun

Independence Day in Marysville will start with a hearty breakfast and end with a colorful fireworks show this year.

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Annual parade will start with ribbon-cutting

For the first time in its storied history, the Northland Community Council Fourth of July Parade will begin with a bit of ribbon meeting an oversized pair of scissors.

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Orange Township's July Fourth celebration ends on beach

The Olentangy Fourth of July Celebration will feature some familiar favorites and some new twists.

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Traditional Fourth of July events are planned

Music, food, rides, games and fireworks -- oh, and a parade, you can't forget about the parade.

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'Guns and Hoses' returns July 4 to Huber Park

Reynoldsburg police officers and Truro Township firefighters will face off in a "Guns and Hoses" event July 4, following the city's other Independence Day events.

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UACA will celebrate July 4 in traditional style

As most residents and those familiar with the community know, Independence Day is not simply another day in Upper Arlington.

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Westerville Independence Day celebration ready to roll July 4

When choosing a Fourth of July activity this year, those interested in being pinged by Tootsie Rolls or drenched by water guns might want to avoid Westerville's Independence Day Parade.

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Independence Day Neighborhoods gearing for celebration

Worthington will celebrate Independence Day with a family picnic and fireworks beginning at 4 p.m. July 4 on the lawn of Thomas Worthington High School.

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