London and Plain City ready for patriotic celebrations

(Posted July 2, 2018)

London is holding Independence Day festivities on July 3-4. Plain City’s activities are set for July 4. See below for details.


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.

London’s Patriotic Celebration committee continues to raise funds to cover the cost of the fireworks. Donations can be made online via the “London Ohio Patriotic Celebration” page on Facebook (look for the gofundme link), by mail (P.O. Box 367, London OH 43140), or at Wilson Printing & Graphics (158 S. Main St., London).

Prior to the fireworks display, the London City Schools Athletic Boosters will host their annual Raider Nation Fun Fest from 6 to 9 p.m. on the football field at the high school. The event features bounce houses and children’s games. Wristbands are $10. The Music Boosters will sell concessions.

London’s Independence Day parade is scheduled for July 4. Madison County Sheriff’s Deputy Charles “Chuck” Herrnstein, who recently completed his 50th year of service in law enforcement, is the grand marshal.

Parade line-up starts at 10 a.m. on Park Avenue, from North Main Street to Walnut Street, and in the Park Avenue Medical Center parking lot.

The parade steps off at 11 from Park Avenue, then heads south on Main Street, east on East First Street, and ends at Walnut Street.

Those interested in being in the parade must submit a registration form and announcer sheet. Stop by the city administration office at 6 E. Second St. for forms or contact Mayor Patrick Closser at (614) 357-5567.

Plain City

The village of Plain City is hosting an afternoon and evening of food, games, music and fireworks on July 4 at Pastime Park.

The annual parade lines up at 2 p.m. and steps off at 3. With this year marking the village’s 200th anniversary, the Plain City Historical Society has been named the parade grand marshal. For a parade entry form, visit “2018 Plain City 4th of July Parade” on Facebook or send email to

Miller’s Ice Cream, Hills Concessions, Kona Ice, Shelly Dodd, the Jonathan Alder Music Boosters and other food vendors will serve lunch and dinner. Volleyball, corn hole, and bounce houses are planned, too.

Shucking Bubba Deluxe, a six-piece band out of Columbus, will play old school hip-hop, funk and alternative rock from 6 to 9:45 p.m., after which the fireworks will go off.

For additional details and announcements, visit “Plain City Parks and Recreation” on Facebook.

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