Ohio to Celebrate 200th Birthday March 1 The state that gave the world flight, eight Presidents, the first person to walk on the moon, and the nation's top 2002 college football team turns 200 on March 1. Statehood Day is just the start of a months-long celebration that will reach every corner of Ohio. Other activities will include a Tall Ships festival on the Lake Erie coastline in July, a re-enactment of a wagon train cross the state in June and July, a riverboat festival on the Ohio River in October, and a month-long celebration of the centennial of flight in Dayton in July. The celebration will also include two days of fireworks, and entertainment in Columbus July 3-4. These activities will happen on top of other projects that the Ohio Bicentennial Commission has undertaken over the past several years.