Fireworks in Columbus, OH
The Lancaster-Fairfield County Fourth of July fireworks are the perfect ending to a day-long celebration. The day starts with a parade in the morning, followed by a full day of rides, food and live entertainment at the fairgrounds. The Marine Corps Band and Army Bands perform most years and are usually some of the crowd favorites. The fireworks begin at 10 p.m., and are let off from the fairgrounds, as well as from the top of the mountain at Rising park, located right next door. For the best view, watch from the fairgrounds. The best spots are near the track, but you’ll need to claim a space pretty early in the day to watch from there. Anywhere near the fairgrounds works, but watch that one of the huge old trees don’t block your view of the mountain – the best fireworks come from there.
Red, White and BOOM! is the biggest fireworks display in the entire Midwest! It’s held July 3 every year in downtown Columbus along the riverfront, and is the highlight of a day-long celebration. Over a half a million people gather in downtown Columbus streets, parking lots, parks and high-rise buildings to see this breath-taking display. The whole city turns into a madhouse on the evening of BOOM!, so come early and prepare for a long night. If you can, take a COTA bus to avoid parking headaches – they run tons of extra busses that night. If you drive, don’t try to leave as soon as the show is over, because you’ll just sit in your car for more than an hour before you move. Instead, walk around and listen to the bands that perform long after the show is over, and head home when traffic thins out.
The Buckeye Lake Area Star Spangled Tradition (BLASST) is an annual fireworks show set off right on the edge of Buckeye Lake. If you have a boat, jump in and set sail toward to center of the lake to see a huge fireworks display while you float on the water. If you don’t have a boat, no problem; you can still enjoy the display. Watch from nearly any shore and you’ll still have a great view. For the best shoreline view, try to get a spot at Fairfield Beach. If you’re on the water, drop anchor near the yacht club if you can. This show usually takes place during the first week of July.
The Somerset Fourth of July Celebration in Perry County is a great small town salute to our country’s independence. The celebration takes place every year on the first Saturday in July. The party starts well before lunch with a car and antique tractor show at 10 a.m. and a parade through the downtown area at 11. These activities are followed by games, live entertainment, vendors, food and more until about 10 p.m., when the fireworks start. There’s usually one headlining performer that gives a concert both before and after the firework display, so you can easily party until midnight in downtown Somerset.
The Powell Festival is so full of activity they had to extend it to a two-day celebration! This free event takes place right in the heart of historic downtown Powell. The festival takes place on a weekend, usually at the end of June or early July, and includes music, food, games, animals, over 200 merchants, a beer garden, rides and much more. Admission to the festival is free, but food and activities do cost. The celebration ends on Saturday night with a huge fireworks display. Parking is pretty limited – you’ll need to find a space on a side street or in one of the parking lots for local businesses, so plan on a long walk both to and from your car.