The Blarney Brothers are inviting about 20,000 people to stick around Historic Dublin after the annual Independence Day parade.

The Blarney Brothers are inviting about 20,000 people to stick around Historic Dublin after the annual Independence Day parade.

The parade-goers are invited to Blarney in the Alley, a Fourth of July celebration that raises money for local charities.

Blarney Brothers Bill Jacob and Richard Taylor, whose businesses share a building at 53 N. High St., established the event last year.

"We began to realize what a nice location we have and both of us are very involved in the community, and we wanted to give back," Taylor said.

Their Blarney House Charities donated proceeds from the inaugural Blarney in the Alley to the Ohio Miracle League, which gives disabled children a chance to play baseball.

"We gave a $750 check to Miracle League," Taylor said. "We also gave some money to the Boy Scouts of Dublin for helping out (with Blarney in the Alley) and the Coffman (High School) wrestlers who helped with the dunk tank."

Miracle League will again benefit from this year's event, which will be twice as large as last year's Blarney in the Alley, covering Darby Alley from Bridge Street to the library.

"We doubled the size," Taylor said. "People can walk off the parade route and to Blarney in the Alley. What our goal is, is to have as many local businesses and organizations involved as possible so we can promote the downtown area. We can give people who don't get to spend time in (Historic Dublin) a chance to see the businesses."

About 40 booths are expected, ranging from jewelry and food to pottery and a psychic.

"All vendors, if they aren't organizations that do stuff for kids, will do stuff that appeals to kids," Taylor said. "We'll have Going Green landscapers and they will be selling potted plants and flowers, but they'll also have plants there for kids to pot."

There will be about five food vendors to choose from, and last year's popular dunk tank is being brought back.

According to Taylor, Blarney in the Alley is coming together easier this year.

"Last year we spent a lot of time explaining to people this event that hasn't happened yet," he said. "This year the response is much better. We have people calling to participate."

Taylor is hoping families who watch the Independence Day parade will hang around Historic Dublin and attend Blarney in the Alley.

"It's a family-friendly street festival. We've got a parade down here with about 16,000 to 20,000 people. We thought it would be nice if there was something to do downtown," he said. "When the parade ends at noon people can walk over here and get a hamburger or a hot dog and some ice cream and spend a couple hours here having fun."

Blarney in the Alley also gives people something to do while traffic works its way out of town, he said.

"There is gridlock traffic after the parade," Taylor said. "People who came here for a while didn't have to fight traffic when they left."

The Independence Day parade begins at 11 a.m. and goes through Historic Dublin.

Gates open at 4:30 p.m. for the city's evening entertainment at the Coffman High School stadium, 6780 Coffman Road. The concert featuring Boyz II Men and The Four Tops runs from 5:15 to 9:45 p.m. The festivities end with fireworks, which start at 9:50 p.m.