This year's Dublin Independence Day parade will mix history with patriotism.

This year's Dublin Independence Day parade will mix history with patriotism.

With the city celebrating its bicentennial, all 75 entries in the annual Independence Day parade were required to incorporate the city's history for the "Dublin through the Decades" theme.

"We really had a tight process this time because we wanted everyone to do something not just patriotic, but (keeping with the theme) 'Dublin through the Decades,'" community events coordinator Mary Jo DiSalvo said, adding that the table decorating contest at the evening concert also will follow the theme.

The Dublin Cornet Band will perform in its first parade since the resurrection of the group that originally was established in 1878. DiSalvo said the group of 12 musicians will ride in a "historic wagon."

"We're also having a group of Dublin Girl Scouts promoting Heritage Day in October," she said. "Another really cool thing is we're going to have a 25-foot Liberty Bell. That's a new addition."
The entry of a calliope will hearken back to older times.

"It produces sound by sending compressed gas or air through the whistles," DiSalvo said. The parade lineup includes the Honor Flight of Columbus, Freddy the Firecracker and 7-foot red, white and blue beach balls, DiSalvo said.

Children ages 6 to 13 can decorate their bicycles and join the parade as part of the bike brigade, which is limited to 60 entries.

The parade, which steps off from Metro Center at 11 a.m. and winds through the historic district, won't be the only way to celebrate Independence Day in Dublin.

The 25th annual Sherm Sheldon fishing derby will kick off the day with fishing from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Dublin Community Recreation Center.

Blarney in the Alley will offer food, games and entertainment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Darby Alley between Bridge and North streets in Historic Dublin.

Gates for the evening concert and children's area open at Coffman High School, 6780 Coffman Road, at 4:30 p.m. The children's area will include inflatables, crafts, face painting and more.

Evening festivities start with the annual canine disc competition at 5 p.m. and musical entertainment with the John Schwab Band. The Dublin Cornet Band also will perform before Kenny Loggins takes the stage at 8:10 p.m.

DiSalvo said tables for the concert are sold out and the free seats in the bleachers are expected to be full.

"I think Kenny Loggins has mass appeal but he also has those three movie soundtracks we all know," she said.

Fireworks will round out the day at 9:50 p.m. DiSalvo said they will be simulcast on Sunny 95.

"I love this day starting with the fishing derby all through the fireworks," she said. "I may be biased, but everyone is so happy to be there. It's a tradition."