A firework explodes in the sky over the campus while onlookers watch from the campus grounds.

Independence Day concert and fireworks

In collaboration with our generous community sponsors, the Gilbert Reese Family Foundation, Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark warmly welcome you to the Independence Day Concert and Fireworks held annually on July 3.

The evening’s celebration begins with popular local musical groups performing outside on the campus grounds. 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.


Wednesday, July 3
5—10:30 p.m.


5 p.m.: Food vendors open
5:30 p.m.: Licking County 4-H Band pre-show — John L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center
6:30 p.m.: The Sticks and Stones — Martha Grace Reese Amphitheatre
8 p.m.: Heisey Wind Ensemble — Martha Grace Reese Amphitheatre
10 p.m.: Fireworks
10:30 p.m.: The Sticks and Stones encore — Martha Grace Reese Amphitheatre


During the event, restrooms will be available in Adena Hall, LeFevre Hall, Hopewell Hall and the John Gilbert Reese Center. Founders Hall, the John and Mary Alford Center for Science and Technology, and the John L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center will be closed. 


Over 15 vendors will be selling food and drinks on campus. 


Restrooms, building closures and vendors are noted on the event map.