Summer July 4th Fun...

The Fourth of July is a day that truly captures the feeling of summer: watching the fireworks, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying ultimate summer foods like hot dogs and popsicles. AlthoughGo, Lunch! sites will be closed on July 4, 2019, there is no need to feel bummed because Columbus offers many free and inexpensive activities for the whole family.

No July 4th celebration is complete without viewing fireworks and many central Ohio suburbs such as Clintonville, Worthington, and Gahanna combine theirs with festivals, food trucks and family-friendly activities.  

Columbus on the Cheap, an online resource for free and economical events and activities has put together a great list of Independence day Family Fun that begins June 29-July 4,  A list of area fireworks to check out is below (of course, Red, White & Boom, the largest Independence Day fireworks display in the Midwest, is held on July 3rd and is not to be missed).


  • BEXLEY- Capital University 10pm

  • CLINTONVILLE- Whetstone Park 10pm

  • DELAWARE-Ohio Wesleyan University 10pm

  • DUBLIN- Dublin Coffman High School Stadium at 9:45pm

  • GAHANNA- Gahanna Municipal Golf Course 10pm

  •  GROVE CITY- Grove City High School Football stadium, 10pm

  • HILLIARD – Roger Reynolds Municipal Park, dusk

  • LANCASTER – Fairfield County Fairground at 10pm

  • MARYSVILLE- Union County Fairgrounds at dusk

  • MT. VERNON- Ariel-Fountain Park 10pm

  • NEW ALBANY-Church of the Resurrection, dusk

  • SUNBURY/BIG WALNUT- Big Walnut High School at dusk

  • UPPER ARLINGTON- Northam Park 10pm

  • WESTERVILLE – Alum Creek South Park, dusk

  • WORTHINGTON- Thomas Worthington High School football stadium, dusk

  • WORTHINGTON HILLS- This year, no fireworks- instead drone show at Worthington Hills Elementary at dusk

 Did you know that the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium is open every day of the year? On July 4th, the Zoo will offer free admission to families with retired/active members of the military. How about having a picnic at one Columbus’ beautiful free public gardens? The Park of Roses (only one of several local parks) in Clintonville includes 12,000 roses providing an amazing (and free) backdrop for a family outdoor gathering. If the weather cooperates, a visit to one of our local splashpads offers a fun (and sometimes free) way to cool off.  You can check out the list here:

You can see there are many fun things to do on July 4th--Go, Lunch! sites will be serving up food and fun on July 5th. 

by JD Mooney

Throughout the summer our blog will showcase some of the many, Go, Lunch!summer meal sites. There are over 200 sites serving free meals and snacks throughout Franklin County this summer so unfortunately, we won’t be able to write about ALL of them.  Please be sure you are following Go, Lunch! on social media where we will be sharing more information and details about all the fun places Go, Lunch!will be this summer.

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