Five Fabulous Fourth of July Events in Athens County


The Under the Elms Concert series concludes its concert season with music in celebration of Independence Day.

Athens County is the perfect destination for a fun-filled Fourth of July weekend. Parades, music, swimming and fireworks are just a few ways to make this Independence Day one to remember.

“Celebrate America” with the Under the Elms Concert Series | Wednesday, June 29, 7:00 p.m.
This free outdoor concert series on Ohio University’s College Green concludes with music in honor of Independence Day. The performance starts at 7:00 p.m., but get there early to spread out your picnic blanket and grab some food from a nearby food truck before listening to the “Communiversity Band.”

Fabulous Fourth Parade | July 4, 10:00 a.m.
Round up your family and friends and line the streets of Uptown Athens with flags and smiles for the Fourth of July Parade. After the parade, grab a bite to eat at one of Athens local restaurants to kickoff 30 Mile Meal Month!

Stay Cool at the Pool | July 3 & 4, 1:00 pm-7:00 p.m.
Grab the beach towels and sunblock and spend a leisurely afternoon at the Athens City Pool. Sunday, July 3, and Monday, July 4, guests are welcome at the pool for FREE! Donations will be accepted and will go toward helping the furry pals at the Friends of Shelter Dogs.

Chesterhill Produce Auction | June 30 & July 4
On Thursday, stock up on fresh, local ingredients from the Chesterhill Produce Auction for your weekend cookout and picnics. Then on Monday, celebrate the Fourth with some of the area’s best farmers during the Produce Auction’s Independence Day Potluck and Corn Roast. The potluck begins at 3:00 p.m., so whip up a side dish to share and score some sweet summertime fruits during the regular auction at 4:00 p.m.

Fireworks and Fun | July 3 at 9:00 pm and July 4 at 10:00 p.m.
What’s the Fourth of July without fireworks? Athens County has TWO evenings’ worth of these nighttime displays. On Sunday, make your way to the east end of East State Street for the WATH/WXTQ Radio Remote and Fireworks display. The music starts at 9:00 p.m. to warm up the crowd before, during and after the fireworks show.

For another grand finale, head to Hocking College in Nelsonville for Thunder in the Valley on Monday at 10:00 p.m. This annual fireworks show draws a huge crowd from all over Athens County.

Check out a weekend’s worth of fun in Athens County! Ready to plan your trip? Let us help. And be sure to tag the photos of your favorite moments with #AthensOhio.