The annual Independence Day Concert and Fireworks display is held annually on July 3rd, on the campus of The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College.
Approximately 10,000 Licking County children and families attend this fun, free, family friendly event annually. The evening’s celebration begins with popular local musical groups with all performances held at the Martha Grace Reese Amphitheatre. Of course, the crowd-favorite fireworks display begins at dusk to the accompaniment of patriotic favorites performed by the symphony.
A number of local vendors will be serving food and beverages. The public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs, picnics and blankets for a fun-filled evening of music and entertainment.
The annual Independence Day Concert and Fireworks is funded by the Reese Family Foundation, The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College.
You may apply to be a vendor on the campus grounds during the event. Click here for 2017 Vendor Information and Application. (Vendor application deadline is May 9, 2017.)
6:00 p.m. Concessions available
6:30 p.m. Sticks and Stones
8:00 p.m. The Heisey Wind Ensemble
Dusk: Fireworks display
This event is free and open to the public. Parking is also free.
Independence day alumni celebration
The Annual Independence Day Alumni Celebration held simultaneously with the public fireworks event takes place in the John Gilbert Reese Center and seating area around the building is reserved for COTC and Ohio State Alumni and their guests. More information will be posted here closer to next year’s event on Monday, July 3, 2017.
We appreciate everyone coming out to support this event.
We are especially grateful to The Reese Family Foundation, COTC, and Ohio State Newark for making this one-of-a-kind community event possible.