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5 Ways to Safely Celebrate the 4th of July
June 24, 2019

With the 4th of July right around the corner, there’s no better time than now to start planning how you’re going to be celebrating the day! From cookouts to fireworks, these activities will keep you entertained and safe on the 4th of July, and all weekend long.

Have a Backyard Cookout

There’s nothing better than celebrating the 4th of July with a backyard cookout! Invite a few friends and family members over, throw a few hot dogs, hamburgers, and a few stalks of corn on the cob on the grill, and sit back and relax. Once it’s time to eat, don’t forget about all of the delicious fixings, such as pasta salad, fruit salad, and s’mores for dessert!

Watch Fireworks

A fun, free way to celebrate 4th of July is going to see a fireworks show! This year, there are several fireworks shows happening around the Columbus area, making it convenient to watch them no matter what your plans are.

Notable fireworks shows to catch:

July 3: Reynoldsburg at 9:45 PM
July 3: Victory Park (829 Hill Road North) at 10 PM
July 3:
OSU-Newark Campus (1179 University Drive) at dusk
July 3:
Ballpark Boom at Huntington Park at dusk ($5 admission)
July 4: West Jefferson Streetfest at 10 PM 
July 4: 
Worthington Hills Elementary school at dusk
July 5: Wildwood Park at 10 PM

View the complete fireworks schedule here.

Spend the Day (or Weekend!) at the Beach

The great thing about living at The Commons at Olentangy is the proximity to all of the lakes and state parks that Ohio has to offer. If you’re just planning on spending the day outside, pack up your bags and head to Buck Creek State Park or Buckeye Lake. If you have time to get away for the weekend, check out one of these locations!

– Mineral Springs Lake
– Lake Logan State Park
– Long’s Retreat
– Baylor Beach Water Park
– Nelson Ledges Quarry Park
– Cedar Point
– Maumee Bay State Park
– Kelleys Island State Park
– Nickle Plate Beach
– Salt Fork State Park

  • Let the Kids Plan the Day

Up for an adventure? Let your kids (or nieces/nephews) plan what you do for the 4th of July! Set a budget, give some guidelines, and let them plan a fun day for you.

Make a Festive Craft

Get into the holiday spirit with a 4th of July theme craft! Some easy DIY crafts that you can do at home are a patriotic tie dye towel, flower vases, and a flower pot. Heading to a cookout this weekend? Even better! Take your patriotic crafts with you as a host/hostess thank you gift.


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