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Pickerington 4th of July festivities
The 4th of July celebration in Pickerington will begin with a parade at 6 p.m. and conclude with fireworks.
Victory Park opens at 4 p.m. with the Fourth of July parade beginning at 6 p.m. The parade begins on Lockville Road, crosses Columbus, proceeds down Hill Road and finishes at Opportunity Way.
Based on last year’s parade, organizers are expecting about 80 different parade entries this year.
“There will be mix of different floats,” Recreation Assistant Steve Paullin said. “It is open to the public. Anyone can participate in the parade if they would like.”
Judges will award prizes to the winning floats.
A grand marshal will lead the parade, though organizers haven’t announced who will be honored, Paullin said.
After the parade, Victory Park will host entertainment with music provided by the Parrots of the Caribbean and Blues Reveue. Fireworks will begin at 10 p.m., Paullin said.
Fourth of July festivities in Lancaster start on June 29 with a patriotic concert performed by the Lancaster Community band at the bandstand downtown. The annual Run 4 Independence starts at 8:30 a.m. June 30 at Raising Park, Parade Committee Chairman Randy Groff said.
Lancaster’s parade begins at 10 a.m. There will be about 250 entries in this year’s parade, and organizers expect 15,000 people to attend the two-and-a-half-hour event, Groff said.
After the parade, residents can head to the Fairfield County Fairgrounds where there will be amusement rides, food from 30 different vendors, the second annual hot dog eating contest and entertainment on two stages until 10 p.m. Fireworks then follow.
“That is when ‘Red, White and Earthquake’ take off,” Groff said.
The week of festivities ends on July 8 at 4:30 p.m. when the United States Army Band and will play at the bandstand.
“There is something for everybody,” Groff said.
New this year, Lancaster organizers have been promoting the Fourth of July celebration at www.fourthofjulylancaster.com and on Facebook. Groff has been gathering a history of the festival in Lancaster.
“We are trying to put a lot of history into it,” Groff said. “The first Fourth of July celebration was on July 4, 1800. On Facebook you will find the menu for that celebration.”
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