(Posted June 25, 2021)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Communities around Madison County are offering up everything from parades and fireworks to rides, games, and food to celebrate the Independence Day holiday.
• West Jefferson
The July 4th Streetfest takes place July 2-4 on South Center and Pearl streets in downtown West Jefferson. Rides, food, entertainment, a parade, and fireworks are planned.
The schedule is as follows:
5-11 p.m.–Rides and concessions
7 p.m.–The Alexander band performs
10 a.m.–Parade lineup
11 a.m.–Parade steps off
1-11 p.m.–Rides and concessions
7 p.m.–The Element band performs
2-11 p.m.–Rides and concessions
6:30 p.m.–Southern Rock band performs
9 p.m.–Drawing for a freestanding swing
10 p.m.–Fireworks (rain date July 5)
Anyone who would like to participate in the parade can pick up entry forms at the West Jefferson village water department or Mike’s Pizza. For details, contact Bob Harper III at (614) 203-8830.
The Streetfest committee is selling raffle tickets for a freestanding, wooden swing. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at Mike’s Pizza, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7005, or West Jefferson Hardware.
The fireworks will be launched from Hampton Cemetery and can be viewed from Garrette Park.
The committee welcomes donations to help offset expenses associated with putting on the Streetfest. Checks can be made out to “West Jefferson July 4th Streetfest Inc.” and mailed to 880 Crescent Dr., West Jefferson OH 43162.
For general information about the festival, call Bob Harper at (614) 879-8840.
London’s patriotic celebration takes place on July 3 and includes a parade and fireworks.
The parade lines up at 10 a.m. and steps off at 11. The route runs south on Main Street from Park Avenue to East First Street. Anyone is welcome to participate. Links to the parade application can be found on the city’s website, www.londonohio.gov, and social media pages. Applications and announcer sheets can be mailed or dropped off at the mayor’s office, 20 S. Walnut St., Suite 100. For details, contact Mayor Patrick Closser at (614) 357-5567.
Steve Stivers is the parade grand marshal. Earlier this year, Stivers stepped down as the U.S. representative for Ohio’s 15th District to become president and CEO of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.
The fireworks are set to go off at 10 p.m. at London High School. Viewers can listen to patriotic music while watching the display by tuning into Ready FM 105.1. The home stands at the high school stadium will be open for seating. The stadium restrooms also will be open.
• Mount Sterling
The Mount Sterling Chamber of Commerce is hosting a parade on July 4. Lineup starts at 9 a.m. at the Mount Sterling Community Center, 164 E. Main St. The parade steps off at 10. The route runs from Center Street, across John Street, right on East Columbus St., right on South London Street, through the business area, right on Houston, and right on High before ending at the main entrance to Veterans Field.
For more information or to register to participate in the parade, contact Tom Corbin at (614) 530-3132.
• Plain City
Plain City’s Independence Day festivities are taking place at Pastime Park. Food, games, and bounce houses start at noon.
The parade is set for 3 p.m. with lineup at 2 p.m. at the north entrance to the park. The route runs south on Chillicothe Street, right on Main Street, and right on Park Street. Awards will go to the most patriotic, best youth, best float, and best animal entries. Visit plain-city.com for an application. Contact Linda Granger, Plain City parks and recreation director, for details at email@example.com.
Perry Yoder, former owner of Yoder’s True Value Hardware, is the parade grand marshal.
The evening features live music and fireworks. The Plain City Community Singers, a new group, will sing an assortment of patriotic songs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Don’t Tell Mom, a family band that plays music from the past five decades, takes the stage from 7:30 to 9:45.
The fireworks go off at 9:45.