Independence Day Celebrations

Fireworks and hot dogs and flags, oh my! Summertime in Oxford, Ohio means the entire community gathering together for family-friendly Independence Day celebrations.
July 4th may be just one day but the party lasts much longer, giving you several opportunities to join in the festivities even amid your busy work schedule.

  • Start off with the Red Light, Green Light Edition of the ever-so-popular Red Brick Fridays on July 1st (which has a whole blog dedicated to it for more info here).
  • On Saturday, July 2nd, grab your lawn chair and line the sidewalks alongside our beloved bricked High Street for the Freedom Festival Parade & the Uptown Music Concert.
  • And for the finale, head to the Oxford Community Park for the Oxford Freedom Festival 2022 complete with fireworks!

Read on for all the information you'll need regarding food, fun, and fireworks right here in your favorite small town.

Independence Day Parade

People holding the American Flag walking in a parade on a brick lined street

When: Saturday, July 2nd, 2022 at 6:30 PM

Where: Begins at the corner of College and High Street and progresses east on High Street to Poplar Street.

Come with your friends and family to celebrate Independence Day with a classic, yet wonderful, parade! The Theme: Salute to Freedom - Oxford Style.

  • Decorate your group or float with lots of red, white, and blue!

  • Cash Prizes for Best Floats: 1st- $100, 2nd- $75 and 3rd- $50

  • Kids - decorate your bikes for the Bike Parade (ages 3-12)

  • Pet Owners - dress up your pet for the Pet Parade

If you are interested in participating in the parade, please contact Darlene Hacker at 523-6314 or dhacker@cityofoxford.org.

Uptown Music Concert

People seated in lawn chairs watching an outdoor concert at a pavilion

When: Saturday, July 2nd, 2022 following the parade (7:00 PM - 9:30 PM)

Where: Uptown Park

Come enjoy live music from The Bluewater Kings Band!

Genre: 60s-Today Band

Founded in Cincinnati in 2015, The Bluewater Kings Band has been providing top-notch event entertainment throughout Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and beyond since then. We’re live music experts, wedding enthusiasts, and party starters. We’re a premium and highly experienced band; specializing in high-energy music for festivals, weddings, corporate events, and private functions. Our musicians are the top tier in the industry, many of them are formally trained at accredited music schools. We infuse every event with vivacity, fun, and pizzaz, and pride ourselves on filling dance floors. We also like to offer entertainment for more intimate environments as well, which includes small jazz performances, and even classical music. The Bluewater Kings Band brings every event to the next level.

Oxford Freedom Festival

People visiting a booth with candy and information

When: Sunday, July 3rd, 2022 at 5:00PM - 10:30 PM

***FIREWORKS ARE AT 10:00pm!!***

Where: The Oxford Community Park (6801 Fairfield Rd)

  • Activities: Gladiator Joust, Quarterback Blitz, Large Inflatables, Games, Gaga Pit, Trackless Train, Face Painting, and more!

  • Community Booths: Including local vendors, wildlife, and sports leagues.

  • Entertainment: Popular music by DJ John and free door prizes.

  • Food: LaRosa's, Pretzels, Hot Dogs, Sno-Cones, Ice Cream, and More!

  • Fireworks: 10:00 p.m. presented by America Fireworks

  • Parking: $5 charge per vehicle at Oxford Community Park

  • Please note- No alcohol, grills, or drones are permitted in the park.

Updated on 6/22/2022

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