Your Complete Guide to Bexley's July 4th Celebrations

John Barr 5k Run

Wednesday, July 4, 2018: 8:00am start time @ Jeffrey Mansion
The John Barr 5k is a run that is routed through Bexley, commencing from and returning to Jeffrey Mansion. The run begins at 8:00am, which gives you plenty of time to get to the parade. The first 350 people who register will receive shirts. The Pre-Registration fee is $30 (thru July 3 at Noon) or $35 on-site day of (July 4 starting at 6:30am).

How to register for the John Barr 5K Run:
1. Online Registration (through Second Sole) 
2. In-Person or By Mail: The Race Form is available to print and there will also be hard copies available at the Bexley Public Library, City Hall, and Jeffrey Mansion.

Bexley July 4th Parade

9:30am start time
The Bexley July 4th Parade has a 2.8 mile route starting at Maryland Avenue/Remington Road and ending at Fair Avenue and Cassingham. The deadline is June 20 and parade applications can be found at Parade questions can be directed to Katie Werkin at

To view an interactive map of the Bexley parade route, click here.

Community Celebration

Presenting Sponsor: The Bexley Community Foundation

The community celebration with family events, music, and food begins at 6:00 pm. The festivities are located on the front lawn of Capital University. Remember, due to block parties, several of the streets around Capital will be closed - if you can, try to walk or bike to the community celebration to help ease traffic congestion.  Additionally, the Bexley Beat Bus will be providing free transportation throughout the evening to and from the Community Celebration and fireworks - to view the Beat Bus Route, click here


10:00pm - Capital University
Fireworks are launched from the field between College Avenue and Pleasant Ridge Avenue, and several viewing areas will be available around Capital's Campus Center off of Pleasant Ridge Avenue.  

Volunteers Are Needed for July 4th Activities!

It's not too late to volunteer to help out with 4th of July celebrations - if you have an hour or two to spare any help would be greatly appreciated.  Volunteers are still needed at the community celebration in the evening, at various other points throughout the day, and for cleanup on Thursday morning. Each shift is one to two hours only.

All of the July 4th events are organized by the Bexley Celebrations Association.  They put a lot of good, hard work into making our community events what they are.  Three cheers for the BCA!  To learn more about the BCA, to donate to help support the 4th as well as other activities they promote throughout the year, or to print off a Parade Form, please visit