By Rick Palsgrove
The city of Groveport will once again celebrate the Fourth of July this year after last year’s event was cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The city will hold its Independence Day celebration, which will feature a parade 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 14 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. Plus, come July, I anticipate the situation with COVID-19 will be significantly better.”
According to city officials, 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. The parade grand marshal is still to be determined.
The fireworks will be launched at dusk on July 3 from Palm Pond in Heritage Park on Wirt Road.
Musical entertainment on July 3 begins 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.
In light of Gov. Mike DeWine’s May 12 announcement about the lifting of the coronavirus health orders as of June 2, city officials are re-evaluating on whether or not to hold the kids games and activities as part of the city’s Fourth of July celebration.
“It’s all fluid right now,” said King. “We will meet with the Fourth of July committee to discuss things further.”
King said, as of now, standard safety protocols are recommended, such as mask wearing and social distancing when possible.
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.