Independence Day celebration on July 4th in Grove City

The city of Grove City is set to celebrate Independence Day with a grand fireworks show at dusk. The event will be held at 9:45 p.m. Thursday, July 4. The fireworks display will be launched from Murfin Memorial Fields on Haughn Road.

Parking and spectators are not permitted at Murfin Memorial Fields. Free parking is available all day at Windsor Park, and Hayes Intermediate and J.C. Sommer Elementary schools. Free parking opens at 8 p.m. at Grove City High School and the Grove City Church of the Nazarene.

Blankets, lawn chairs and personal items are permitted.

The following are prohibited in parking areas and Hoover Park: grills, alcohol, personal fireworks including sparklers, skates, skateboards, flatbed trailers, recreational vehicles, tents and canopies, and pets other than service dogs.

Traffic After Fireworks

Hoover Road closes to north- and southbound traffic between White and Orders roads, at approximately 9:15 p.m.

All traffic exiting the north end of the high school lot is directed north on Hoover Road. All traffic exiting the south end of the high school lot is directed straight across onto Gershwin Avenue. All traffic exiting the Nazarene church lot is directed south on Hoover Road. Eastbound Orders Road traffic must turn south onto Hoover Road.

Grove City Police Reminders

Officers will be directing traffic. Cones will divide lanes. Do not change lanes around traffic cones.

If you find yourself in an unfamiliar area, use your GPS to assist with finding the route home.

The city of Grove City permits the use of novelty fireworks, such as sparklers, party-poppers, snaps, smoke devices and glow worms. Setting off aerial fireworks including shells and rockets without an exhibitor’s license and a city permit continues to be illegal and poses a significant health and safety risk.

For additional information, call the Grove City Parks and Recreation office at 614-277-3050.

Fireworks Safety

As we approach Independence Day, the Ohio Department of Commerce State Fire Marshal and the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association are urging people to celebrate safely and avoid illegal fireworks practices.

The State Fire Marshal’s office, as well as many local fire departments, have already seen a surge in complaints regarding unlicensed fireworks displays. Only novelty fireworks are permitted in Grove City. Setting off aerial fireworks including shells, rockets and fountains without an exhibitor’s license is illegal in Grove City and can lead to serious injury, damage to property, fireworks confiscation, fines and arrest.

Trick and novelty fireworks – those that smoke, sparkle, snap and snake – can be legally used. While sparklers may seem harmless, they are not. They can reach temperatures up to 2,000 degrees and cause serious injuries.

All are encouraged to follow these safety tips when using novelty fireworks:
•Handle and discharge trick and novelty devices with adult supervision.
•Educate yourself on the hazards by carefully reading and following label directions.
•Light only one sparkler at a time and hold it away from your body and others. The wires should immediately be doused with water as they remain hot for a time after burnout.
•Sparklers should only be used by those 12 years of age or older.
•Consider substituting sparklers for a safer alternative, such as glow sticks.

Help keep your neighbors safe by reporting illegal fireworks to the Grove City Division of Police at 614-277-1710.

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