Parades, a car show and fireworks are just part of the fun as Madison County area communities gear up for Independence Day celebrations.
Londons patriotic celebration will take place July 3 at the London High School complex, starting with free childrens activities from 4 to 8 p.m. Inflatables and interactive games are planned for all ages.
The fireworks will go off at dusk. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the show. For more information, contact Melissa Noble at Wilson Printing & Graphics, (740) 852-5934.
Also on July 3, aRed, White and Vroom car show will take place on Main Street in downtown London. Registration is from noon to 3 p.m., street cruising is from noon to 4, and awards are at 5. Dash plaques will go to the first 100 entrants. Over 100 prizes will be awarded, including five for motorcycles. A 50/50 raffle and DJ are part of the fun.
After the car show, participants are invited to join in a community picnic at London High School and to enjoy the fireworks. For more car show information, call (614) 274-6008, (740) 983-6419 or (614) 851-1893.
The Mount Sterling Community Center, 164 E. Main St., will host a celebration from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 3. The theme isIn the Good Ole Summertime.
Childrens games, dessert walks, a youth art exhibit and a silent auction of quilt made by the centers sewing ladies will take place all day. Hot dogs, smoked sausage, drinks and other food will be available for donations.
Registration for the parade, flower show, cornhole tournament, car show, tractor show, quilt show, and Mr. and Miss Firecracker contest (ages 4-6) is from 8:30 to 11 a.m. the day of the event. The entry fee is $5 per event. Participants can enter as many categories as they like within each event. Registration forms also are available at the center or at Mount Sterling Public Library in advance.
The parade lines up at 9 a.m. at Veterans Field and steps off at 10. There is no cost to enter the kids bike parade, which is part of the overall parade.
Judging for Mr. and Miss Firecracker starts at 11 in the centers gym. The cornhole tournament starts at 12:30. Rock-n-roll trivia will take place from 1 to 3 p.m.
Quilt show entries can be dropped off between 5 and 7 p.m. July 2 and 8:30 and 11 a.m. July 3.
For more information, call (740) 869-2453.
Plain Citys celebration will take place on July 4 at Pastime Park. The parade will line up at 2:30 p.m. and step off at 3:30. The grand marshals are members of the Jonathan Alder state championship baseball team. Anyone can participate in the parade.
From 4 to 8 p.m., children can enjoy a climbing wall, inflated obstacle course and jump house. The Little Miss and Little Mister contests for 5- to 8-year-olds will start at 5:30.
Misfit Toys will perform live music starting at 6:30 p.m. The fireworks will go off at dusk (approximately 9:45).
To volunteer or to enter the parade or Little Miss/Little Mister contest, call Kim Yoder at (614) 348-9879.
The West Jefferson July Fourth Streetfest will take place on South Center and Pearl streets behind the banks in downtown West Jefferson. For more information, call Bob Harper, Streetfest Committee president, at (614) 879-9840.
Friday, July 2
5 p.m.—Flag-raising at the gazebo
5 to 11—p.m. Rides
5 p.m.—Lolly the Clown (face painting)
7 p.m.—Music by Southern Trio
Saturday, July 3
10 a.m.—Parade line-up
11 a.m.—Parade steps off
11:45 a.m.—Ceremony at the gazebo
Noon to 11 p.m.—Rides and Lolly the Clown
Noon—Music by Union Highway Band
4 p.m.—Free childrens games on Methodist Church Lawn
5 p.m.—Music by Darwin and Friends
7 p.m.—Music by The Posse
Saturday, July 4
9 a.m.—Church services at Mustard Seed Café, 18 W. Main St.
12:30 p.m.—Car show (awards at 4 p.m.)
12:30 p.m.—Music by Las Creek Band
1- 11 p.m.—Rides and Lolly The Clown
3 p.m.—Starlight Cloggers
4 p.m.—Karaoke by Sassy Sandy
6:30 p.m.—Music by The Alexander Band
10 p.m.—Fireworks (rain date: July 10 at 10 p.m.)