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July 3

Red, White and BOOM!

The biggest and best Independence Day fireworks celebration in the midwest will be fired from its location at Veteran's Memorial in downtown Columbus, displaying a vibrant look with an expanded environment. The festivities begin at 11 a.m. when the midway in the arena district opens, and concludes with the fireworks at 10 p.m. For more information, visit

July 4

Gahanna Freedom Festival

Celebrate our nation's independence with a star-spangled day, fun-filled and action-packed for all ages. The day kicks off with the nostalgic Gahanna Lions Parade. Don't miss the free Family Fun Festival, offering games, prizes, activities, and music appropriate for all age groups. End the day of festivities in grand style with a spectacular sky alight with a breathtaking fireworks display! The festival is at Olde Gahanna/Gahanna Municipal Golf Course, 220 Ridenour Rd., from 10:30 a.m. 10:30 p.m.

Picnic with the Pops

Celebrate your Fourth of July with star-spangled musical favorites, a picnic with family and friends, and one of the city's most brilliant displays of fireworks. Now, that's what we call a great evening under the stars! This event is at the lawn of Chemical Abstracts Service, 2540 Olentangy River Rd., beginning at 8:15 p.m. The gate opens at 6 p.m. For more information, visit

Spider-Man Appearance

Meet Spider-Man at COSI on the Fourth of July! Spidey will be strolling the building in superhero style! Your chance to hug the wall-crawler at COSI is included with admission, which is $8.75 for youth and $13.75 for adults. This event is at COSI Columbus, 333 W. Broad St., from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Call (614) 228-2674, or visit for more information.

July 5

Dublin Arts Council Sundays at Scioto Summer Concert Series

Enjoy the sounds of a fun family tradition. Pack a picnic and bring the family to this free event and listen to the British brass band sound of the Brass Band of Columbus. This concert is at Scioto Park, 7377 Riverside Dr., from 7-8:30 p.m. For more information, log on to