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Hilliard Announces Summer 2021 Events

From fireworks to summer concerts and movies outdoors, the City of Hilliard is pleased to announce, “Summer in the City,” its 2021 events schedule.

Hilliard has planned a COVID-safe summer by following the guidance from the State of Ohio, Ohio Department of Health, Franklin County Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 “The City is thrilled to be getting back to some normalcy with the Summer in the City series,” said Parks and Recreation Director Ed Merritt. “It was important for us to find safe ways for the community to connect with friends and family.”

The summer will kick off with “Wheels and Waffles,” a celebration for National Bike Month with to-go waffles from Coffee Connections, live music, candy, a craft home and meet-and-greets with Hilliard first responders.

The excitement continues at Hilliard’s Station Park with the popular Thursday evening “Celebration at the Station” concerts and Saturday morning “Motivation at the Station” exercise classes with Mat Happy Yoga and SHED Fitness.

On Saturday, July 3, the City will bring back its annual Independence Day celebration, “Freedom Fest,” with live music, food, and fireworks.

“Get the Scoop,” “Sprouts Night Out,” “Friday Flicks,” and the fishing derby are some of the other family friendly events planned for the summer.

Event attendees should plan ahead before attending any event by registering in advance (when appropriate). Masks are recommended and attendees will be required to practice social distancing. As recommendations change, the City will continue to review operating procedures and update operations to reflect current laws and guidelines.

Thank you to our event sponsors: Credit Union of Ohio, Beer Barrel Pizza & Grill, E-Merge Real Estate, Enhanced Urgent Care, First Federal Lakewood, Graeter’s Ice Cream, HealthMarkets Insurance Agency, Japanese Automotive Service, KEMBA Financial Credit Union, Nationwide Children’s Close to Home, Renewal by Anderson, Security Plus Insurance, Scioto Orthodontics, and State Farm Insurance.

More information and updates will be posted to

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Country Musician Jameson Rodgers to Perform at Hilliard Freedom Fest

June 1, 2023

The City of Hilliard is excited to announce the return of Freedom Fest on July 1 with live music by country artist and songwriter Jameson Rodgers.

Jameson Rodgers made his name on the road. The hard-touring upstart has spent nearly a decade honing his live show, headlining his own electric sets, and opening for the likes of Luke Combs, Florida Georgia Line, Darius Rucker, Sam Hunt, Luke Bryan, and other artists.

Rogers’ early career singles include “Midnight Daydream” plus his back-to-back, Platinum-certified No. 1 hits “Some Girls” and follow-up smash “Cold Beer Calling My Name.” His new album, Bet You’re From A Small Town, was released in 2021 and featured the track, “Things That Matter.”

Opening for Rodgers will be country newcomer Dalton Dover. His debut track, “You Got a Small Town,” quickly garnered critical acclaim from Billboard, MusicRow, Country Now and Wide Open Country.

Also performing will be local musician Trae Myers.

Freedom Fest will take place on Saturday, July 1, at Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park, 3800 Veterans Memorial Dr. Attendees will enjoy live music from nationally known artists, a large kid zone featuring SuperGames, food trucks and one of the biggest fireworks shows in central Ohio.

Franklin County Agriculture Society’s Independence Day Parade will take place on Tuesday, July 4. The annual parade will start at 9 a.m. at the Franklin County Fairgrounds and head south down Main Street, continue east on Cemetery Road, north on Norwich Street, then north on Columbia Street and end back at the Franklin County Fairgrounds. There will be street closures in the area of the parade and parking will be limited.

Freedom Fest event schedule

  • Pool hours – noon-4 p.m.
  • Food trucks – 3-11 p.m.
  • Kid Zone – 5-9 p.m.
  • Chalk art – 5- 9 p.m.
  • Stilt walkers – 5-9 p.m.
  • Shuttle service – 6-11 p.m.
  • Live music by Trae Myers – 5:15-6:15 p.m. (Main Stage)
  • Live music by Dalton Dover – 6:45-7:45 p.m. (Main Stage)
  • Live music by Jameson Rodgers – 8:20-9:30 p.m. (Main Stage)
  • National Anthem by Hilliard Davidson High School graduate Lisa Curtis – 9:45 p.m.
  • Fireworks – dusk

Watch the City of Hilliard’s website, social media, and weekly “Hilliard Happenings” digital newsletter in the coming weeks for more details, including an event map, rules and regulations, and more.

Thank you, Credit Union of Ohio, for being the premium sponsor of Freedom Fest 2023.

Other Freedom Fest sponsors include Amazon Web Services, Japanese Automotive Services, Renewal by Andersen, Texas Roadhouse, Bone Dry Roofing, Raising Cane’s, and Franklin County Fair.

Fun. Friends. FUTURE! 

May 30, 2023

Hear from former City of Hilliard employees who started their successful careers with seasonal jobs here in Hilliard.

So what are they up to now and how did the City prepare them for the future?

Watch the video to hear from some of our standout alumni and learn about future jobs with the City of Columbus, OSU James Cancer Hospital, and Columbus City Schools. 

Pave the way for a bright FUTURE with the City of Hilliard. Apply for open seasonal positions today and let the fun begin! 🙂

Celebration at the Station returns to Hilliard’s Station Park

May 25, 2023

The sounds of summer will once again be heard in Downtown Hilliard at the City’s popular concert series! Starting June 1, Celebration at the Station kicks off at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday of the summer.

The free concert series lineup of 10 live shows runs through Aug. 10 and spans multiple musical genres, from ’80s rock and Top 40, to hip-hop and country.

“We are thrilled to bring such a talented group of musicians to Hilliard’s Station Park this summer,” said Kristan Turner, Event Planner for the City of Hilliard. “I’m excited to welcome back many of our favorite returning acts along with several new ones that I think the community will love.”

Below is the complete lineup for Celebration at the Station.

June 1 – Alexis Gomez
June 8 – Zack Attack
June 15 – Alan Carl
June 22 – Walk of Shame
July 6 – Fabulous Johnson Brothers
July 13 – Swagg
July 20 – Conspiracy
July 27 – New Frontier
Aug. 3 – Reaganomics
Aug. 10 – Trailer Park Ninjas

The fountains at Hilliard’s Station Park will be off during concerts. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, dine at local restaurants, and partake in the Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA). No tickets are required – these concerts are free!

Celebration at the Station is funded by the City of Hilliard and business donations. Thank you to the following sponsors for making Celebration at the Station possible.

Concert Series Sponsors:

Partner Sponsors:

Beer Barrel Pizza and Grill


Japanese Automotive Services

Renewal by Andersen

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