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Guide to Central Ohio Independence Day Festivals and Events
Ashville 4th of July Celebration
June 30 â€“ July 4
Ashville, Ohio (map)
This five day event includes rides, a fish fry, a Miss 4th of July contest and live entertainment. Artists scheduled to perform include Sharp Circle, Ashley Everts Band, The Matt Enoch Band and Direct Energy. A fireworks display on the 4th will close out the festival. More information atÂ ashvilleohio.gov.
Red, White and Boom!
Downtown Riverfront (Â map)
Red White and Boom is the largest Independence Day celebration in the central Ohio area. Highlights of this years event will include a Boomâ€™s Got Talent competition, a Taste of Boom, live entertainment, a parade and the fireworks display. More information atÂ redwhiteandboom.org.
Buckeye Lake Area Star Spangled Tradition â€œBLASSTâ€
Buckeye Lake (Â map)
The annual fireworks celebration at Buckeye Lake which was renamed the BLASST in 2002 will feature fireworks over Buckeye Lake. Spectators are invited to light flares and luminaries at dusk as well as join in the singing of the national anthem at 9:55pm. With the Fireworks starting at 10:00pm. More information atÂ www.blasst.org.
Deck the Hills â€“ Its Christmas in July
Worthington Hills (map)
This years event will feature a Christmas in July theme with Santa Claus scheduled to be the grand marshal of the parade. In addition to the parade there will be a firecracker trot, a neighborhood softball game, contests, midway games, and a fireworks display. More information atÂ worthingtonhills.org.
Granville Fourth of July Celebration
Downtown Granville, Ohio (map)
This four day celebration will include a fireworks display (at Wildwood Park), a parade, a five mile race and Granvilleâ€™s Got Talent open mic night. Activities will also include rides, live entertainment, concessions and games. More information atÂ granvillekiwanisclub.org.
Blast at Beulah
Beulah Park, Grove City (Â map)
This yearsâ€™ Blast at Beulah will feature a ceremony to honor military veterans and active duty military men and women for their service. There will also be activities for children and live entertainment provided by Wally and the Beavs. Fireworks are expected to start around 10:00pm. More information atÂ grovecityohio.gov.
Groveport Village Independence Day Festivities
Groveport (Â map)
The Groveport Village Independence Day festivities will feature a childrens parade and an Independance Parade, with fireworks scheduled to start at dusk. More information atÂ groveport.org.
Bexley Fourth of July Celebration
Capital University (Â map)
The Bexley Fourth of July Celebration will include a 5k starting from Jeffrey Mansion. Also a parade, games and rides. The Celebration concludes with fireworks at Capital University. More information atÂ bexley.org.
Star Spangled Soul Independence Day Celebration
Dublin Coffman High School (map)
This event will include a fishing derby, a parade and the Skyhoundz Hyperflite Canine Frisbee Disc Championship. As well as a performance by Grammy Award winner Smokey Robinson followed by a fireworks display. More information atÂ dublin.oh.us.
Clintonville July 4th Celebration
Whetstone Park of Roses (map)
This event will include a community breakfast, a pet show and a fishing derby. Childrens activities will include a bike decorating contest and inflatable rides. Artists scheduled to perform include the Songbirds and Janetâ€™s Planet. Fireworks are scheduled to follow the Janetâ€™s Planet performance. More information atÂ clintonvillefourthofjuly.com.
Short North (Â map)
Now in its 28th year the DooDah Parade will once again make its way through the streets of the Short North. The DooDah Parade doesnâ€™t permit commercial floats and gives its participants a chance to exercise their first amendment right through humor. More information atÂ doodahparade.com.
Hilliard 4th of July Celebration
Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park (map)
Vendors and Rides are expected to set up in the park on July 2nd, with a parade, live entertainment and fireworks display scheduled for the fourth. This yearâ€™s fireworks display will be set to 80â€™s music. Artist scheduled to perform include The Reaganomics. With TV personality David McCreary scheduled to emcee Mondays events. More information atÂ hilliardohio.gov.
Upper Arlington Independence Day Celebration
Northam Park (map)
This event will feature a wake-up call to symbolize Paul Revereâ€™s ride, a parade with contest for best float and a party in the park. Artists scheduled to perform include Shucking Bubba. A fireworks display will close out the evening. More information atÂ uaca.org.
Glorious Fourth Independence Day Celebration
Ohio Historical Center/Ohio Village (Â map)
The Ohio Historical Center will host a 19th century themed Independence Day Celebration at the Ohio Village. Highlights for this celebration include a grand procession, patriotic speeches, an Ohio Muffins baseball game and a Community Dance. There will also be a performance by the Ohio Village Singers. More information atÂ ohiohistory.org.