July Fourth schedules announced
July 3-4 London’s fireworks will take place at London High School on July 3. Family-friendly activities and music, courtesy of London Parks & Recreation, are set for 5 to 9 p.m. The fireworks go off at dusk. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the show. For more information, contact Melissa Noble at Wilson Printing & Graphics, (740) 852-5934.
The Downtown London Association and London Bicentennial Committee are putting on a parade on July 4. Lineup is at 10 a.m. on Park Avenue between North Main Street and Hawthorne Avenue; the parade steps off at 11. To enter the parade, pick up an application at the London mayor’s office on East Second Street or download one from visitlondonoh.org under the “Events” page. Entry forms are due by June 29. For more information, call Patrick Closser at (740) 506-1028.
After the parade, a brief dedication ceremony will take place at Bicentennial Park at 1 p.m. Brick pavers purchased and customized by area residents and companies are in place. The time capsule dedication honoring the 200th birthdays of London and Madison County has been moved to Nov. 11. The final deadline for individuals to submit items for the time capsule is Sept. 15.
June 30 The Mount Sterling Community Center, 164 E. Main St., will host “Let Freedom Ring,” its sixth annual patriotic celebration, on June 30 at Veterans Field.
Advance registration forms for the Little Miss and Mr. Firecracker Contest, parade and car show are available at the Community Center, Mount Sterling Library, Sterling Pharmacy, Milton Bank and Chase Bank. For more information, call (740) 869-2453.
Noon—Opening ceremony and tribute to veterans 1-2:30 p.m.—Rock-n-Roll Trivia at the Community Center, sponsored by the Timmons brothers and Mount Sterling Library 2:30-3:30 p.m.—Little Miss and Mr. Firecracker Contest. Ages 4-6. Entrants can register in advance or that day between 1 to 2:15 p.m. Winners will be announced at 3:30. 3 p.m.—Parade lineup at Veterans Field 4 p.m.—Parade begins 5:30-6:30 p.m.—Magic and illusions by Terry Schurch 3-8 p.m.—Car show. Winners announced at 8. 7-9 p.m.—Music and dancing with D.J. K.B. Towler 9:45 p.m. (approximately)—Laser light show. Bring lawn chairs or blankets.
July 2-4 The West Jefferson July Fourth Streetfest will take place on South Center and Pearl streets, behind the banks. For more information, call Bob Harper at (614) 879-8840.
Monday, July 2 at 5 p.m.—Opening ceremonies 5-11 p.m.—Rides, food, clowns and face painting 7 p.m.—Southern Trio Plus One band
Tuesday, July 3 from 5-11 p.m.—Rides, food, clowns and face painting 5 p.m.—Music 4 For Christ 7 p.m.—Posse band
Wednesday, July 4 10 a.m.—Parade forms 11 a.m.—Parade steps off Noon—Music by Union Highway Noon-11 p.m.—Rides, food, clowns and face painting 4 p.m.—Cloggers 6:30 p.m.—The Alexander Band 8 p.m.—$1,000 drawing 10 p.m.—Fireworks (rain date July 7) Tickets for the $1,000 drawing are $5 each and available at West Jefferson VFW, Mustard Seed Café, West Jeff Hardware, Mike’s Pizza and at the Streetfest. The prizes are $500, $350 and $150.
Plain City’s celebration will take place on July 4 at Pastime Park. The parade will line up at 3 p.m. and step off at 3:30.
The Junior Mr. and Miss Plain City Pageant starts at 4:30 and is open to boys and girls ages 2 to 18. A registration meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. June 28 at the park’s youth building. For pageant details, call Holly Stockham at (740) 857-1417.
Country rockers Billy Starrett & the Hired Guns will perform live music. Local baton groups and Jordan Stock also will perform. The fireworks will go off at dusk (approximately 9:45 p.m.).
For more information, to volunteer, or to enter the parade, contact Kim Yoder at (614) 348-9879.