By Rick Palsgrove
The city of Groveport will celebrate the Fourth of July this year after last year’s event was cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The celebration will feature a parade, music, and fireworks, on July 3.
“It is important to hold the event this year to give the community a traditional Independence Day celebration,” said Groveport City Administrator B.J. King. “It has been a long 15 months and things are progressing towards normalcy. We are all wanting to get back to doing our normal activities and way of life. Other central Ohio communities also plan to have Independence Day celebrations so we are not the stand alone. I feel like what we plan can be done in a safe manner.”
The parade will start at 11 a.m. on July 3. Staging for the parade will be at the Groveport Recreation Center. The parade will start at Richardson Road and travel west on Main Street, then turn right onto Hendron Road and end at Glendening Elementary.
Mayor Lance Westcamp announced this year’s parade will be lead by six grand marshals representing long-time local businesses.
“The COVID pandemic was hard on small businesses,” said Westcamp. “We wanted to recognize and honor some of our long-time Groveport businesses who are such a big part of our community and who survived the pandemic.”
The six businesses who will serve as parade grand marshals are: Birch Tavern, Little Italy, Norm’s Market, Groveport Dairy Queen, Ginger’s Little Lamb, and the Flower Boutique/Zarbaugh’s Barbershop.
The fireworks will be launched at dusk on July 3 from Palm Pond in Heritage Park on Wirt Road. Tune into radio frequency 88.3 to hear background music during the fireworks.
Musical entertainment on July 3 begins in the parking lot along Wirt Road with the Sirens from 7:30 p.m. until 8:15 p.m. and McGuffey Lane will perform from 8:30 p.m. until 9:40 p.m.
Food vendors will include: Bubbas Ice; Queens Table – fish and chips; and Holler Dogs LLC – hot dogs, fries, onion rings, corn dogs, burgers,and deep fried cheesecake.
One difference this year is that there will be no kids games and activities.
No animals are permitted in the event areas at any time during the Fourth of July celebration.
“Fourth of July will be our first large event open to the public (since the pandemic) in the city of Groveport,” said Kristiauna Trelay, community affairs department administrative assistant. “There’s something to be said about enjoying outdoors, the fresh air, food trucks, and simply being around people again that’s just so refreshing. What better way to return to some normalcy and traditions like the celebration of Independence Day!”
The children’s parade will be held on June 29 at 6 p.m.. The children’s parade will begin at Middle School Central, 751 Main St., then proceed west on Main Street to Crooked Alley, south to Wirt Road, east along Wirt Road back to 751 Main St..
Ohio Flags of Honor
Independence Day weekend in Groveport will also feature the Ohio Flags of Honor Traveling Memorial, which honors the men and women of Ohio who gave their lives in service to their country. Specifically, those fallen in the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and the war on terrorism since Sept. 11, 2001.
The Ohio Flags of Honor Traveling Memorial will be held July 2-5 at Madison Christian Church, 3565 Bixby Road, Groveport.
Set up day for the flag display at Madison Christian Church’s soccer field will be July 2 from 7 a.m. to noon. Volunteers are welcome to join.
The flag display will be open to the public beginning at noon on July 2 and will remain open until the closing ceremony on July 5.
The Ohio Flags of Honor opening ceremony is July 3 at 2 p.m. and will feature guest speaker Warren Motts of Motts Military Museum. Three hundred volunteers are sought to carry flags during the ceremony. The closing ceremony is July 5 at 11:50 a.m. and will feature a dove release, the playing of “Taps,” and a gun salute.
At 9 a.m. on July 3, the Ohio Flags of Honor truck procession will begin at Eastland Mall, travel through Groveport, and end at Madison Christian Church.
A shuttle bus service will be provided by the city of Groveport to and from Madison Christian Church campus for the city of Groveport’s Independence Day parade.
For information on the Ohio Flags of Honor, visit ohioflagsofhonorgroveport.info.