Many family-friendly activities in several communities across central Ohio.

July 2

Heath
5 p.m.: Family Activities at Gellar Park


July 3

Red, White & Boom!!
11 a.m. Food and novelty concessions open on Washington Boulevard and Long Street
Noon: Children's Park opens at Batelle Park. Entertainment begins at Genoa Park
6 p.m. Parade begins from Broad Street at COSI heading East and marches North on Front Street
10 p.m. Red White & Boom: Fireworks from Veterans Memorial (new location)

Johnstown's Little Miss Firecracker Pageant
Six little girls will light up the stage on Thursday, July 3, during the annual Little Miss Firecracker Pageant.
Sponsored by the American Legion Post 254 and the Fourth of July Committee, the event will begin at 7 p.m. at the Johnstown Performing Arts Center.
This year’s theme is “Summer Weekends in the Country” and will feature the song “Bob That Head” by country music group Rascal Flatts, according to pageant coordinator Colleen Vicroy.
This year’s contestants are twins Payton and Madison Ausbrooks, 4, daughters of Alica Etter; Bailey Stranges, 4, daughter of Joshua and Holly Stranges; Daylyn Merkle , 6, daughter of Bryan and Kathy Merkle; Breanna McCombs, 6, daughter of Shawn and Stephanie McCombs; and Elise McClelland, 6, daughter of Rick and Shelley McClelland.

Newark, OSU Branch
6 p.m.: Musical Entertainment at Reese Amphitheatre on campus grounds
Dusk: Fireworks from Reese Amphitheatre


July 4

Bexley Centennial celebration
Evening festivities will be held in the Main Street and College Avenue area of the Capital University campus.
• 6-7:30 p.m. -- Music in the Meadow performs.
• 6-9:30 p.m. -- Cookout held by the Boy Scouts.
• 6-9 p.m. -- Bexley Historical Society ice cream sale.
• 6-9:30 p.m. -- Activities including face painting, balloons, games and merchandise, restaurant and artisan displays.
• 7:30-8:25 p.m. -- Urban Transit performs.
• 8:25-9:30 p.m. -- Big Rockin' Blues Band performs.
• 9:30-9:45 p.m. -- Saints Drumline show and march to fireworks launch site.
• 9:45-10:15 p.m. -- Fireworks at the university soccer fields at the corner of Astor and College avenues.
• 10:15-11 p.m. -- Big Rockin' Blues Band performs.

Clintonville's July 4 celebration
All events take place at Whetstone Park
7:30-10:30 a.m.: Community breakfast
9 a.m.: Flag raising and Pet Parade registration
10 a.m.: Bike Decorating registration and NCIL All-Star Games
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Fishing Derby
1-5 p.m.: Boy Scout Activities
3-7 p.m.: Musical entertainment on the Main Stage
7:30-10 p.m.: Headliner entertainment with the Street Players on the Main Stage
10 p.m.: Fireworks from Whetstone Park
10:30-11 p.m.: Post Fireworks entertainment

Delaware
8 p.m.: Central Ohio Symphony outdoor concert at Ohio Wesleyan University campus featuring patriotic music.

Dublin's Red, White & Rewind
4:30 p.m.: Concert gates and Kids Area opens
6:15 p.m.: Taylor Dayne performs at Dublin Coffman High School
8:15 p.m.: Rick Springfield performs at Dublin Coffman High School

Gahanna's Freedom Festival

The Freedom Festival begins at 5:30 p.m. with the band, Flash Back at the Gahanna Municipal Golf Course From 8 to 10 p.m. hip-hop group Lt. Dan's New Legs will perform. Juggler Matt Jergens will entertain the crowd between musical acts. As in previous years, a children's activity area with inflatable games and a dunking booth will be set up. In addition, more food vendors will be set up this year, with funnel cakes, hot dogs, pizza and ice cream from Cold Stone Creamery. More information.

Granville
July 2-5: Noon-10 p.m.: Carnival Rides on Broadway from Maine to Pearl.

Grove City's Blast at Beulah
5:30 p.m.: Gates open at Beulah Park
6-9:30 p.m.: Activities and entertainment at Beulah Park by Grove City Parks and Recreation and T.W.I.G. 184.
8:30 p.m.: A salute to all Grove City area veterans, active members of the military and their families.
Veterans and active military members who plan to attend should call 277-3015 by Monday, June 30, to make reservations.
Fireworks start at approximately 10 p.m. and will be simulcast on radio station 95.5, The Hawk. The event is free, but there is a $5 fee to park in the lot.

Groveport
1-9 p.m.: Children's activities at Groveport Elementary

Hilliard
2 p.m.: Hilliard Community Band performs at The Municipal Park
7 p.m.: Parade Awards, Municipal Park Amphitheatre
7:30 p.m.: "The Ravens" perform at Municipal Park Amphitheatre

Lancaster
10 a.m.: Parade begins from Fairfield County Fairgrounds traveling down Columbus Street, followed by Family Activities at Fairgrounds
8:30 p.m.: U.S. Marine Corp Band performs at the Fairgrounds’ Grandstand
10 p.m.: Fireworks from Fairfield County Fairgrounds

New Albany
7 p.m.: Festival and Carnival at New Albany High School Commons

Ostrander
11 a.m. - 9 p.m.: Food and Family Activities at Buckeye Valley West Elementary School

Pickerington
7:30 p.m.: Opening Ceremony at Victory Park
8:20 p.m.: Larry Lee and Back in the Day perform at Victory Park

Plain City
All events take place at Pastime Park
4:30 p.m.: Little Miss and Little Mister Plain City Contest
4-8 p.m.: Family Activities and Vendors
6-7 p.m.: Slamma Jamma performs
7:15-9:15 p.m.: Kristy Gill performs

Sunbury-Big Walnut
7 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Flea Market and Vendors from the Town Square ($1 charge, Children 10 and under are free)

Upper Arlington
5:30 p.m.: Gates Open for Festival at Northam Park on Tremont Road

Westerville
10 p.m.: Fireworks from Alum Creek Park South behind Alliance Data

Worthington
6 p.m.: Worthington Family Picnic at Thomas Worthington High School lawn

Worthington Hills Civic Association
Dusk: Fireworks from Worthington Hills Country Club Driving Range

July 5

Delaware's Community Day and Bicentennial celebration
7:30-9:30 a.m.: Pancake Breakfast at St. Mary Church on Williams Street
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Delaware Main Street Farmers Market on Sandusky Street
10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.: Children's activities at the corner of Williams and Sandusky Street
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Bicentennial Stage Events at National City Bank parking lot
1 p.m.: Parade begins from Fairgrounds and travels through downtown Delaware
More information