Fireworks, concerts and food for July 4 at Ariel-Foundation Park
MOUNT VERNON — Ariel-Foundation Park will host Mount Vernon’s fireworks on Thursday, July 4. The fireworks, expected to start around 10 p.m., will be preceded by concerts, including the Mount Vernon Community Band at 3 p.m. at the First-Knox Pavilion, Central Ohio Brass Band at 5 p.m. and TUSK: The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute, at 7:30 p.m. at the Schnormeier Event Center.
The Mount Vernon Community Band concert at 3 p.m. will include swing, folk, American and patriotic selections. The Central Ohio Brass Band will join them for The Stars and Stripes finale.
The Central Ohio Brass Band will perform at 5 p.m. in the Schnormeier Event Center. Formed in 1989, COBB is a nonprofit organization whose members represent a diverse cross section of the central Ohio community and a multitude of careers.
Tusk, taking the stage at 7:30, is the number one tribute to Fleetwood Mac in the world. The five seasoned, well-respected musicians comprising Tusk cover all the great hits of Fleetwood Mac.
A majority of parking will be available at The Lakes, entering from Madison Avenue; The Meadows, off Pittsburgh Avenue; near the Clock House off Pittsburgh Avenue; and in the parking area off Harcourt Road. All parking in front of Schnormeier Event Center will be designated handicapped-only. Roads leading into the park from Columbus Road will be open to pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
Additional parking areas within walking distance of the park include downtown lots and downtown street parking, the CA&C Depot on South Main Street and Memorial Park. Knox Area Transit will run three shuttles to and from Mount Vernon High School parking lots (not stadium) from 6-8 p.m. and after the event from 10:30-11:30 p.m.
Food service will begin at 3 p.m. and food vendors will be stationed near the restrooms by The Lakes and directly in front of Schnormeier Event Center. Beer and wine will also be available.
Super Q 93.7 FM will simulcast the music to the fireworks display. No outside coolers or beverages are permitted in the event center. Smoking and pets are also prohibited inside the event center. Event goers can bring their own chairs or use the park’s. Tables of eight can be reserved by calling 740-501-9293.
Those interested in spending the day on the water or watching the fireworks on the lakes are encouraged to bring kayaks and canoes, outfitted with appropriate life jackets. Veterans, first responders or active servicemembers are encouraged to borrow kayaks or canoes for free from the Paddle for Heroes organization who will be stationed near the new ADA launch on the central lake during the event. You must R.S.V.P. with Joe Butts by calling or texting 740-258-2127 as the fleet is limited. Fishing is also encouraged throughout the day. Swimming is prohibited. The Clock House Museum will be open from 2-8 p.m. and park visitors may climb Rastin Observation Tower until 8 p.m.
In order to secure the area for the fireworks presentation, the road through The Woods will be closed beginning at 3 p.m. The main park road in front of the Event Center will also be closed at 3 p.m. allowing pedestrian and handicapped parking traffic only. Pittsburgh Avenue will be closed from the Clock House parking lot to 6th Avenue starting at 6 p.m.
For more information about July 4 activities, including an activity and parking map, or Ariel-Foundation Park, please visit www.arielfoundationpark.org or follow the park on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
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Celebrate July 4 at Community Park in Fredericktown
FREDERICKTOWN — Fredericktown will hold their annual Fourth of July celebration sponsored by the Fredericktown Recreation District at Community Park, located on Ohio 95 East, July 4.
The Fredericktown Lions Club will be serving their famous brats and fries. Thrall Lodge along with other local organizations will be offering different food selections.
Community Park will also be host to a softball tournament during the day. Sockman Lake will open at noon for a day of free swimming for all.
The Fredericktown Volunteer Fire Department will offer bingo in the park’s enclosed shelter house and the Fredericktown Lion’s Club will sponsor kids games at 3 p.m. near the lake area.
As the evening begins to wind down, live music by the popular band “Southbound” will begin at 7:30 p.m.
The grand finale of the day-long celebration will be the fireworks display beginning at dusk. In case of inclement weather, the rain date for the fireworks display is July 5.
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Picnic, parade scheduled for Fourth of July In Gambier
GAMBIER — The Gambier July 4 celebration, which includes the annual parade and picnic, will be held back uptown.
The Citizen of the Year and Gambier Poet Laureate will be named before the festivities begin. The Citizen of the Year award goes to an outstanding member of the Gambier Community.
The majority of the past honorees have come from residents’ suggestions, and are chosen from residents’ nominations.
The event will start with the naming of the Citizen and Poet Laureate at 10:45 a.m.