The annual fireworks shows to celebrate the birth of our nation on the Fourth of July are a highlight of summer for many people. The festivities or picnics beforehand and the music leading up to and playing throughout the show all combine to make Independence Day a fun time, but it is the fireworks display itself that steals center stage on July 4. The city of Columbus puts on an amazing show each year, but there are some fantastic fireworks in the outlying neighborhoods and suburbs as well.
Red, White & Boom is back and celebrating its 30th anniversary. The annual fireworks show in downtown Columbus will be held, as usual, on July 2. In 2010, that puts this event on a Friday night. The entertainment at this day-long event will begin at 10:00 am, and the fireworks themselves will cap off the evening at 10:00 pm. Don’t miss the live music, good food, flyover by the Ohio National Guard, and Fourth of July Parade that will precede the fireworks show.
Ride into the Danger Zone on Saturday, July 3 at Dublin’s Independence Day activities. The day begins with a fishing derby at 8:00 am, and includes a canine Frisbee contest and a massive children’s play area. Kenny Loggins will be headlining the concert, joining past performers at the Dublin Fourth of July celebration like Rick Springfield and K.C. and the Sunshine Band. Fireworks will begin at 9:50 pm.
Other areas celebrating Independence Day on July 3 include:
- Gahanna (Fireworks at 10:00 pm)
- Grove City (Fireworks at 10:00 pm)
- Groveport (Children’s Parade at 10:00 am, Main St. Parade at 1:30 pm, Fireworks at Dusk)
- Reynoldsburg (Parade at 2:00 pm)
- Upper Arlington
- Westerville (Parade at 1:00 pm, Fireworks at 10:00 pm)
Worthington will be holding its annual Family Picnic and Fireworks on July 4. The Family Picnic features lots of good food and games for the kids. This year it will also feature a visit from the Columbus Zoo. The Family Picnic will begin at 5:00 pm, and the fireworks will begin at 10:00 pm. The best viewing of the fireworks is from inside the Worthington High School football stadium. This event is a local favorite, as it combines that small town Independence Day celebration feel with a fireworks show that easily rivals that of Dublin or Columbus.
Other areas celebrating Independence Day on July 4 include:
- Hilliard (Parade at 2:00 pm, Family Events at 5:00 pm)
- Pickerington (Parade at 6:30 pm, Fireworks at 10:00 pm)