The skies of Ohio will be lighting up this week in celebration of Fourth of July – also known as Independence Day or July 4th. Fourth of July has been a federal holiday in the U.S. since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution.
On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence and two days later the delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts, to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.
Below you'll find a list of firework displays taking place near central Ohio to help you celebrate the holiday.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 3
2019 Athens Fabulous Fourth
10 PM • East State St.
Enjoy this firework show while listening to patriotic music at The Market on State.
Red, White, & BOOM!
10 PM • Columbus, OH
Head to downtown Columbus to celebrate the annual Red, White & BOOM, one of the largest single-day events in Columbus. Enjoy live music, great food, and the true meaning of "BOOM" at the biggest Independence Day firework display in the Midwest.
July 4th Celebration
10 PM • Pickerington, OH
Bring the whole family to enjoy an evening of fireworks followed by a parade the next morning. Fireworks launch at Pickerington High School Central.
THURSDAY, JULY 4
Lancaster-Fairfield County 4th of July Celebration
10 PM • Fairfield County Fairgrounds
The Lancaster-Fairfield County 4th of July celebration is a quality celebration honoring our country and our freedom.
Thunder in the Valley
10 PM • Hocking College - Main Campus
The spectacular "Thunder In The Valley" fireworks display will be held on the Hocking College Campus located in Nelsonville. The show is choreographed to music on Wild Country 107.7 FM and is set against the spectacular backdrop of the Hocking Hills.
Chillicothe 4th of July Celebration
9:45 PM • Yoctangee Park
The city of Chillicothe will celebrate the 4th of July with a spectacular fireworks show beginning at 9:45 PM in Yoctangee Park area.
Parkersburg American Legion 4th of July Fireworks
10 PM • City Park
Celebrate Independence Day with a fireworks show which will be held at City Park in Parkersburg, WV.
SATURDAY, JULY 6
Washington County Independence Day Celebration
10 PM • Washington County Fairgrounds
Enjoy the day with food vendors, amusement rides, fun games and then a firework show after dark.