Fourth of July events guide

By Gary Budzak -

A past fireworks display.

A past fireworks display.

Whether you’re staying at home or venturing out of town, there’s plenty to celebrate on the Fourth of July. Here’s what’s happening locally:


All of Sunbury’s events will take place on Tuesday, July 4.

  • From 7 a.m.-3 p.m., there will be the Antiques, Arts & Crafts Fair on the Square sponsored by the Sunbury/Big Walnut Area Chamber of Commerce. Due to state regulations, all sidewalks must be handicap accessible, so all vendors will be placed on the inside of the sidewalks.
  • Starting at 9 a.m. and running all day is the 18th Annual Corey Lehman Memorial Volleyball Tournament at Big Walnut High School.
  • At 10 a.m. is the Independence Day Parade sponsored by the Big Walnut Civic Association.
  • After the parade is the Hot Dog Eating Contest on the Square sponsored by Eagle Automotive & Indco Electrical Contractors, with the winner receiving $200.
  • Also on the Square from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. sponsored by the Sunbury/Big Walnut Area Chamber of Commerce.
  • Activities continue from 6-10 p.m. at Big Walnut High School.
  • At 8 p.m., the 2nd Annual Outhouse Race sponsored by Wells Septic takes place.
  • At Dusk is the Firework Extravaganza at BWHS sponsored by the Big Walnut Civic Association.

Other sponsors include: MAGIC Health Insurance Solutions; DeVore-Snyder Funeral Homes; KE WA PA Sales, Inc.; Voss Bros. Power Equipment; Consolidated Electric Cooperative; Great Beginnings Learning Center; Ultimate Technology & Security Solutions; Sunbury Chiropractic Center; Sunbury Pointe Apartments; Linda’s 3 Custom Framing, Art & Dance Studio; F.O.E. Sunbury Aerie No. 3614, Inc.


The village will hold its Flea Market and Community Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 4.


Delaware’s events take place Tuesday, starting with the parade 3 p.m.; followed by the Central Ohio Symphony concert at 7:30 p.m., with an estimated 25,000 expected to view the fireworks display.


Dublin’s events take place on Tuesday, starting at 8 a.m. with a Fishing Derby at Coffman Park Pond; an 11 a.m. parade from Metro Place north to downtown. The evening events, at Coffman High School’s football stadium, include an 8 p.m. concert by Peter Frampton, followed by fireworks.


The Olentangy Goddard Fourth of July parade starts at 10 a.m. Tuesday, from Olentangy Orange High School to Walker Wood Park. The Olentangy Summer Bash takes place on Saturday, July 1, at Olentangy High School in Lewis Center; starting with concerts by Alex Angelo and Liberty Deep Down; and fireworks at 10 p.m.


Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Westerville, this year’s theme is “Home of the Free, Because of the Brave.” Tuesday’s events begin with an 8 a.m. 5K run/walk; and parade from St. Paul to Electric Ave. at 1 p.m. From 2 p.m. on, events will take place at Westerville South High School, including a 7:45 concert by Phil Dirt & The Dozers and fireworks at dusk.


Red, White & Boom is on Monday, July 3. Activities begin at noon to 11 p.m. at Spring Street and Neil Avenue; with the parade at 6 p.m. from Main to Spring streets. Fireworks start at 10 p.m., and there’s an after-party at the Three-Legged Mare in the Arena District.

A past fireworks display. past fireworks display.

By Gary Budzak