Fourth of July: Safety & Fun

The Fourth of July: a wonderful day where we celebrate all the freedoms that America has to offer, including the freedom to light up the sky with our colorful explosions of fireworks. However, it’s important to know what fireworks you are allowed to set off and how to stay safe around them.

Ohio law prohibits the use of personal fireworks except those classified as novelty and trick items. These include “(1) Devices that produce a small report intended to surprise the user, including, but not limited to, booby traps, cigarette loads, party poppers and snappers; (2) snakes or glow worms; (3) smoke devices; and (4) trick matches.” Anything larger that is purchased in the state of Ohio must be taken out of the state within 48 hours. But of course, there are many people who don’t research this kind of thing and go ahead and shoot off their own large fireworks anyways. So for those people, here is a list of basic safety tips:

  • Always read the label and instructions for ignition before lighting your fireworks
  • Always have a bucket of water and a hose nearby in case of fire
  • Never mix alcohol and fireworks, save it until after the festivities
  • Never try and make your own fireworks
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities, even for the small legal fireworks
  • Never bring your pet to a fireworks show, they will thank you for that
  • This one should be obvious, but…Always use fireworks outdoors in open areas away from people, buildings, and cars
  • Always dispose of used fireworks properly including soaking them in water overnight and placing them in metal (not plastic) trash cans away from combustible material

Celebrating our freedoms is an important reminder of what it means to be an American, but it’s usually best to leave the explosions to licensed professionals while you sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. See below for a short list of Central Ohio fireworks shows and Happy Fourth of July!

 

 

JULY 1

·       Dusk: Columbus Symphony Patriotic Pops, 160 S. High St., Columbus

·       10 p.m.: Olentangy Summer Bash, Olentangy High School, 675 Lewis Center Rd., Lewis Center

·       10 p.m.: Pataskala Fourth of July, Foundation Park, 10255 McIntosh Rd., Pataskala

 

JULY 2

·       Dusk: Central College Church Freedom Celebration, Central College Church, 975 S. Sunbury Rd., Westerville

·       Dusk: Heath Star-Spangled Celebration, Geller Park, 480 Cynthia St., Heath

·       10 p.m.: Granville Independence Day, Wildwood Park, 799 W. Broadway, Granville

 

JULY 3

·       Dusk: Morrow County 4th of July, Morrow County Fairgrounds, 195 S. Main St., Mount Gilead

·       Dusk: OSU-Newark/COTC Concert and Fireworks, Martha Grace Reese Amphitheatre, 1179 University Dr., Newark

·       9:45 p.m.: Reynoldsburg 4th of July, Civic Park, Daugherty Drive, Reynoldsburg

·       10 p.m.: Columbus Red White & Boom, near the Veterans Memorial, 300 W. Broad St., Columbus

·       10 p.m.: Whitehall July 4th Fireworks, John Bishop Park, 4920 Etna Rd., Whitehall

 

JULY 4

·       Dusk: Delaware Fourth of July, public viewing along Henry Street and Ohio Wesleyan University practice fields

·       Dusk: Marysville Independence Day, Union County Fairgrounds, 845 N. Main St., Marysville

·       Dusk: Ostrander Fourth of July Celebration, downtown Ostrander

·       Dusk: Plain City July 4 Celebration, Pastime Park, 344 N. Chillicothe St., Plain City

·       Dusk: Sunbury Independence Day Celebration, Big Walnut High School, 555 S. Old 3C Rd., Sunbury

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