July 4 falls on a Monday this year, but fireworks can be seen tonight in Delaware County.
Here’s a list of selected events in Delaware and Franklin counties:
The Olentangy Summer Bash takes place starting at 6 p.m. today in Olentangy Braves stadium, 675 Lewis Center Road. Admission is free, said the event’s Facebook page. At 10 p.m., the fireworks will begin with a soundtrack on Mix 107.9 FM.
The website celebratecommunity.tv said the Orange Township parade is at 10 a.m. Monday. It begins at Oak Creek Shopping Center and ends at Orange Middle School.
The Delaware County Farm Bureau said the Fourth of July Parade is at 3 p.m. Monday in downtown Delaware. The route goes from the fairgrounds through downtown to Selby Field.
The Central Ohio Symphony’s 31st annual Fourth of July concert is at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Phillips Glen, behind Ohio Wesleyan University’s Gray Chapel. The concert will include local singer Isis Attia; the contemporary work “American Frontier”; the Armed Forces Salute; film music from Star Trek and Pirates of the Caribbean; and the 1812 Overture. Jaime Morales-Matos will conduct the symphony. Bring your chairs for a free show, or buy a chair for $6.
An estimated 25,000 people will watch the city’s fireworks display downtown following the concert at 10 p.m. Monday. Public viewing spots include OWU athletic fields along Henry Street. To help support the cost of the $25,000 fireworks, tax-deductible contributions can be made to the City of Delaware Community Fund, c/o Delaware County Foundation, 3954 N. Hampton Drive, Powell.
The city said there will be street closures, including: Pennsylvania Avenue east from the fairgrounds; Sandusky Street south through the downtown to Wilmer and Henry streets, 3 to 4 p.m.; Henry Street between Wilmer and William streets as the parade concludes, 4 to 4:30 p.m.
The bikeway bridge over U.S. 23 will be open before and after the fireworks show; the bridge will be closed during the show and will not be available as a viewing spot.
Phillips Hall will be open for handicap parking for Central Ohio Symphony concert-goers; and lots at the Schimmel/Conrades Science Center, Meek Aquatics and Recreation Center, and Margaret Sagan softball field will be closed for fireworks preparation and viewing.
Food vendors will be set up on Hayes Street. Portable toilets will be available on Hayes, outside the Meek Center, and outside Margaret Sagan softball field. Selby Field restrooms will be open until 10 pm.
City offices will be closed Monday. Residential refuse, recycling and yard waste crews will operate on the “next day” collection schedule for the week, beginning Tuesday, July 5, and continue through Saturday, July 9, to complete the week’s collections. All accounts, commercial and residential, utilizing dumpsters for collections will remain on the normal weekly collection schedule for the week.
The fun starts at 8 a.m. Monday, with the annual Sherm Sheldon Fishing Derby at the Dublin Recreation Center. There will be a balloon “Inflation Celebration” at 9 a.m. in Metro Center; the Independence Day parade starts at 11 a.m. in Metro Center and goes through the historic district. A canine Frisbee contest will be held at 5 p.m. outside Dublin Coffman High School Stadium, 6780 Coffman Road.
Musical acts Joan Jett and KC & the Sunshine Band will perform at 8 p.m. in the stadium. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Seating is first-come first-served. Admission is free, although wristbands may be necessary. The fireworks show starts at 9:50 p.m.
For more information, visit www.dublinohiousa.gov
There will be a parade at 10 a.m. Monday, with a chicken barbecue during the day and fireworks at dusk, weather permitting.
The fireworks are at dusk on Monday at Big Walnut High School; but there will also be an Arts and Crafts Fair at the Village Square from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today; a parade at 10 a.m. today that starts and ends at Big Walnut High School; and a Picnic on the Square at 6 p.m. Sunday.
The Fourth of July parade starts at 1 p.m. Monday, with a different route due to the construction on South State Street. The parade starts from St. Paul’s Church and goes through uptown Westerville and ends at Electric Avenue. Parade viewers can donate canned and boxed food for the Westerville Area Resource Ministry along the route.
At Westerville South High School, the Westerville Symphony will perform at 3:30 p.m. McGuffey Lane will follow at 8 p.m.; and fireworks will begin at dusk, simulcast on 104.9 FM.
For more information, visit www.westervillerotary.com
Gary Budzak may be reached at 740-413-0904 or on Twitter @GaryBudzak.
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