Per tradition, Powell held its big summer fest in June -- but that doesn't mean there's nothing to do in southern Delaware County around the Fourth of July.
Lewis Center's annual Olentangy Summer Bash begins at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at Olentangy High School, 675 Lewis Center Road.
Cure Culture and Pray for Sleep will headline the event. Cure Culture features Carter Smith and brothers Will and Ethan Carlson, all former or current Olentangy High School students. Pray for Sleep is composed of Orange High School students Cameron Dickson, Hayden Kissler, Reno Houston and Grant DeCrane.
The free, family-friendly celebration will offer bounce houses, family activities and a teen zone, as well as food trucks. A fireworks show begins at 10 p.m.
The 2018 Freedom 4 Miler will kick off at 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 4, from the stadium at Orange High School.
The course will follow the neighborhood streets south of the high school and will wind up back at the stadium.
The event also will feature a quarter-mile run and a 1-mile kids fun run. Proceeds will benefit Honor Flight Columbus.
Participants can sign up the morning of the race, but those who register in advance are guaranteed a commemorative T-shirt. To register, visit freedomfourmiler.org.
More than 10,000 spectators are expected to line the route for this year's annual Fourth of July parade, which will begin at 10 a.m. after the Freedom 4 Miler.
The parade will begin at the high school and end at Walker Wood Park.
Business owners, local nonprofits, government agencies and Olentangy schools, in addition to groups of neighbors, are invited to join the parade. Floats are encouraged, but patriotically decorated cars, wagons and vans, as well as groups walking behind banners, can join.
The fee for business floats and exhibitions is $75. Nonprofits and community entries may participate for free. Parade walkers are encouraged to pass out candy, coupons, fliers, pencils and other giveaways.
To register, visit www.olentangyparade.com.