By Christine Bryant
The city of Reynoldsburg will mark Independence Day this year over a long weekend.
Festivities begin July 1 and include the city’s annual fireworks display at dusk in Civic Park, 6800 Daugherty Drive.
Gates open at Civic Park at 6 p.m., when families will be able to enjoy inflatables and concession stands. Food trucks from Knights of Columbus Father Hohman Council 5253, the Lions Club, Kona Ice, KG Koncessions, Schmidt’s, Alliance Soccer Association and Liberty Kettle Corn also will be on hand, said Donna Bauman, director of the city of Reynoldsburg’s Parks and Recreation Department.
From 7-9 p.m., Franklin Xpress will perform. The three-piece band plays a variety of well known popular music, focusing on the “audience experience.”
At 9 p.m., the inflatables and food vendors close, and at 9:30 p.m., the gates to the park will close to vehicular traffic.
Franklin XPress will then perform the National Anthem at 9:40 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:45 p.m.
The rain date for fireworks only will be July 2.
Later that weekend, on July 4, the city will host its Fourth of July parade.
The parade kicks off at 10 a.m., beginning at Rose Hill Road and Main Street. It will then turn onto Haft Drive and head to Davidson Drive before ending at Huber Park, 1520 Davidson Drive. The parade will be held rain or shine.
This year’s grand marshal will be First Service Federal Credit Union, said Bobbie Jo Roth, one of the event’s organizers.
“We have a variety of different participants from veterans, city organizations, area businesses, churches, school groups, youth groups and political candidates handing out candy and playing music,” she said. “First Service Federal Credit Union is a wonderful community supporter for the city of Reynoldsburg. This is an all-around community parade.”