Two-hundred and forty-six years ago on July 4, 1776, the United States declared its independence from Great Britain, a date celebrated with much fanfare across Madison County in 2017.
The five-day celebration faced wild weather, from rain, wind and a humid heat. Despite that, from Plain City to Mount Sterling, Madison Countians celebrated their country’s birthday.
On Saturday, Mount Sterling’s Community Days Festival continued with festivities across town. A street market organized by the village’s Market Crew business association featured about a dozen vendors selling all sort of crafts and home goods. The Dairy Freeze hosted a car show, with about 40 or more cars from Volkswagen’s to hot rods featured.
At Veterans Park, rides, food and fun went on all day, with highlights including the Timmons Brothers Rock ‘n’ Roll Trivia show, an event they host for free only in Mount Sterling during the festival.
West Jefferson kicked off their celebration Sunday with it’s annual Streetfest, which ran from July 2 to July 4. Music, rides and more were run along South Center and Pearl streets. The village ended festivities Tuesday with a parade and fireworks.
London started Monday night with the Raider Nation Fireworks Fun Fest at London High School’s Bowlus Field. The county’s youth were invited to participate in games, sports and a bounce house, all organized by the high school’s Athletic Boosters association. The evening was capped off with a dazzling fireworks display later that evening, organized by London Patriotic Celebration Committee.
London followed up their celebrations on Tuesday with an eventful parade of their own, which according to London Mayor Patrick Closser was the largest he’s seen.
Closser was the master of ceremonies announcing the participants as they went along.
“Before the parade gets down here, I want to thank all the men and women of the armed forces for their service,” he said. “Without these brave people we would not be able to celebrate our independence and enjoy our freedom.”
Plain City also held their celebration on Tuesday, with a parade on Chillicothe Street and a festival at Pastime Park. They also hosted their own fireworks display at 9:45 p.m. that evening.
Maximilian Kwiatkowski can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617 or on Twitter @MSFKwiat. Reach Mallory Powell at 740-852-1616, ext. 1616.