Celebrating holidays is an American tradition. Celebrating the 4th of July in Columbus is a backyard tradition – with fireworks displays dotting the skyline over a multi-day span, to parades and small-town festivals. From Cleveland to Cincinnati, you’ll find celebrations focusing on food, fireworks and fun!
Dating back to 1981, Columbus offers one of the area’s largest and most well-attended fireworks displays in the state, Red, White and Boom! This 3rd of July event marks the start of many Central Ohioans’ Independence Day celebrations. Because the 4th of July falls mid-week this year, many events take place either the weekend before the 4th or the weekend after – double the fun!
Believe it or not, the weekends of June 29th and July 6th are hot concert weekends in the Columbus area with a variety of venues and musical talent of all levels. Check out local concerts ahead of time and plan your weekends – back-to-back weekends of music and melodies! Of mention, Red, White and Country by 92.3 WCOL at Flanagan’s has an impressive line-up that includes Dustin Lynch and four other country stars starting at noon on the 4th of July.
Looking for a 4th of July event for the whole family that involves the outdoors and physical activity? Sign up for the 2018 New Albany Independence Day 5K Run/Walk. Sponsored by Orangetheory Fitness, this pet and stroller friendly run/walk precedes the New Albany Independence Day Parade and is in it’s 6th year presented by the New Albany Symphony Orchestra. Race day signup beings at 6:30 AM in the Market Square. Join friends and neighbors for a toddler crawl, kids fun run, 5K run/walk and a pet parade.
Need more action and less physical exertion? The Columbus Clippers host the Toledo Mud Hens at 7:05 PM on July 4th. Children ages 12 and under eat free! Parents can visit the concession stand for a vast array of dinner items and adult beverages. Stick around after the game for a fireworks display right from the comfort of your own seat!
If you just need to laugh, consider attending the 35th Annual Doo Dah Parade on Wednesday, the 4th of July at 1 PM. Line-up begins at noon on Park Street in the downtown Columbus Short North area. Anyone can participate, and registration is not required. There is also a Parade/Block Party following with free admission. They have a few rules and a “Less-Than-Grand Marshal” - check out their webpage at doodahparade.com for more information. A bit of a warning: this is a satirical parade where they celebrate “Liberty and Lunacy”!
Heartland Bank will be celebrating Independence Day with a food truck for the employees and visitors at our Whitehall location, 430 N. Hamilton Road, on July 3rd by Mi Tradicion from 11 AM until 2 PM. Tacos, burritos and quesadillas are affordable and delicious! Additionally, all Heartland Bank offices will be closed on the 4th in observance of the Independence Day holiday.
Before or after your 4th of July holiday, visit any one of our 15 branch locations for all your banking needs. Our 15 branches also have ATMs for your convenience on holidays as our staff does appreciate these occasional days out of the bank to celebrate with family and friends in the communities we serve!