Independence Concert and Fireworks


The annual family-friendly event — jointly sponsored by Central Ohio Technical College, The Ohio State University at Newark and the J. Gilbert Reese Family Foundation — has been a long-standing free gift to the community held annually on July 3.

The evening’s celebration begins with popular local musical groups with all performances held at the Martha Grace Reese Amphitheatre. The crowd-favorite fireworks display begins at dusk to the accompaniment of patriotic favorites performed live.

This event is free and open to the public. Parking is also free.​​ 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.

Vendor Information

Applications are now closed for the 2023 event. 

Thank you to our 2023 event sponsors!

Founding Sponsors

J. Gilbert Reese Family Foundation

The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College logos.

Community Sponsors

Energy Cooperative logo.

Licking Memorial Health Systems logo.

Matesich Distributing Co. logo.

Park National Bank logo