(Posted June 23, 2017)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
The following communities will celebrate Independence Day with festivals, parades, fireworks and more.
• West Jefferson – July 2-4
West Jefferson’s July Fourth Streetfest will take place July 2-4 on South Center and Pearl streets behind the banks. The parade theme is “Home of the Free because of the Brave.”
For more information about the festival, call Bob Harper at (614) 879-8840. To reserve a craft booth, call Terry Harper at (614) 507-3155.
Sunday, July 2
1-11 p.m.—Rides and food
7 p.m.—Alexanders band
Monday, July 3
5-11 p.m.—Rides and food
7 p.m.—Smokin’ Ham band
Tuesday, July 4
10 a.m.—Parade forms
11 a.m.—Parade steps off
1 p.m.—Car show registration
1-11 p.m.—Rides and food
6:30 p.m.—Southern Rock band
9 p.m.—$1,000 drawing
10 p.m.—Fireworks (rain date July 8)
Tickets for the $1,000 drawing are $5 each and available at VFW Post 7005, Mike’s Pizza and at the Streetfest. A single $1,000 prize will be awarded.
• London – July 3-4
London’s fireworks will take place at the London High School athletic complex on July 3. The fireworks go off at dusk. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the show. Admission is free.
Prior to the fireworks display, the London Athletic Boosters are hosting sports-related games and bounce houses from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the track. The cost for an all-you-can-play wristband is $10; individual games are $1. Additionally, the Tana Matz Band will perform pop and country music, and a 50/50 raffle is planned. All proceeds benefit the boosters. The London Music Boosters will sell concessions.
For more information, look for “London, Ohio Patriotic Celebration” and “London Athletic Boosters” on Facebook. In case of inclement weather, cancellation information will be posted on Facebook.
London’s Fourth of July parade will line up at 10 a.m. July 4 and step off promptly at 11 a.m.
Line-up will take place on Park Avenue from North Main Street to Walnut Street and the Park Avenue Medical Building parking lot. The two check-in areas are at the medical building parking lot and Cowling Park. Participants will be contacted with their spot number and check-in area prior to the parade.
The parade route will start from Park Avenue, head south on Main Street, east on East First Street, and end at Walnut Street. After the parade, the Downtown London Association will host live music at the Cowling Park gazebo and sell hotdogs and water for $1 each.
Anyone who wants to participate in the parade should fill out a registration form and parade announcer sheet by June 30 and submit it at the mayor’s office, 6 E. Second St., London.
For registration forms or more information, contact Patrick Closser, (614) 357-5567.
The Downtown London Association, London Community Organization and the city of London are the parade sponsors. They selected Rev. Gordon Johnson as the parade grand marshal.
“Rev. Johnson has been with the First Presbyterian Church for 50 years. We felt with his involvement in the city, him being a staple in our community, and with his 50 years of service that he would be a great choice,” said Closser.
• Plain City – July 4
Pastime Park is the place to be for Plain City’s July 4 festivities. Food, games, music and fireworks are all part of the lineup.
Miller’s Ice Cream, Hills Concessions, Kona Ice, Paul’s Potatoes, The Big Lemon, and the Jonathan Alder Music Boosters will serve up lunch and dinner. Enjoy volleyball, corn hole, bounce houses and obstacle courses all day, along with special events at the pool.
The parade lines up at 2 p.m. and steps off at 3. Perry Yoder, owner of True Value Hardware in Plain City, is the grand marshal. Prizes will be awarded in the following parade entry categories: best overall float, most July 4th spirited individual, best animal participant, and cutest participant. For parade entry information, email email@example.com or visit “2017 Plain City 4th of July Parade” on Facebook.
Live music starts at 4 p.m. on the stage near the pool. The ProBono Trombone Band performs from 4 to 5 p.m., followed by the Coal Canyon Band from 5:45 to 9:45 p.m.
The fireworks go off at 9:45 p.m.
For further details, visit “Village of Plain City” on Facebook or www.plain-city.com.