Columbus has a wide variety of fun-filled family activities for you and your family this year. Be sure to check out some of the highlights below:
The Doo Dah Parade
This satirical, anything-goes parade through the Short North has been a hit for thirty-one years running. The parade route runs from Park Street and Buttles to Russell and High Streets, so pull up a seat for some free entertainment. Parade begins 1:00 pm and ends around 3:00 pm on Friday, July 4th. For more details check out their website: http://www.doodahparade.com/.
Red, White & BOOM!
Columbus’ premier festival and fireworks display kicks off at noon on Thursday, July 3rd with the opening of its Columbia Gas Childrens Park on the corner of Neil Avenue and Long Street. After you have your face painted, head over to the Taste of BOOM! for a sampling of local tasty treats starting at 3:00 pm. Live music, vendors and other activities culminate in the Midwest’s largest fireworks show at 10:00 pm and after-party at The Three Legged Mare. Visit the attached list of FAQs for more details on show times and parking: http://www.redwhiteandboom.org/info/faqs/.
For the music lovers in your family, this outdoor concert is a must-see! As part of its annual Picnic With the Pops series, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra presents Patriotic Pops on Saturday, July 5th at 8:00 pm. It is sure to include a rousing rendition of The Stars and Stripes Forever among other patriotic favorites. All concerts are held in the Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion on the Columbus Commons, 160 South High Street. Tickets start at just $23 in advance and can be purchased online by visiting http://www.columbussymphony.com/events/calendar/profile.dT/patriotic-pops
Glorious Fourth Independence Day Celebration
If you’re looking to celebrate our nation’s independence with authentic, early-American style, the Ohio Historical is the place for you. Visit the Ohio Village on Friday, July 4th between 12:00 pm and 5:00 pm for the Glorious Fourth Independence Day Celebration. This celebration of early Americana includes everything from a pie eating contest to a Grand Procession, all in a 19th century village setting. Admission is $12 for adults, $9 for youth and free for children 5 and under. Check here for a complete rundown of the details: http://www.ohiohistory.org/
Local Fireworks Displays
If you prefer to keep the festivities close to home this year, check this listing of area fireworks for the one nearest you: http://columbusoh.about.com/od/artsentertainment/a/Central-Ohio-Fourth-Of-July-Fireworks-Times.htm.