Dublin will celebrate Independence Day with traditions next week.

Dublin will celebrate Independence Day with traditions next week.

The annual Fourth of July celebration, whose theme is "Star-spangled Soul," will include a parade, an evening concert and fireworks.

Scheduled activities are as follows:

8 a.m.: The 26th annual Sherm Sheldon Fishing Derby, Dublin Community Recreation Center, 5600 Post Road.

11 a.m.: Independence Day parade, starting at Metro Center.

4:30 p.m.: Gates open for the evening celebration at Coffman High School stadium, 6789 Coffman Road.

5 p.m.: Skyhoundz Hyperflite Canine Frisbee Disc Championship at Coffman High School stadium.

5 p.m.: Opening bands at Coffman High School stadium.

8:15-9:45 p.m.: Smokey Robinson performs at Coffman High School stadium.

9:50 p.m.: Fireworks.

The parade that begins at Metro Center heads east on Bridge Street into Historic Dublin and south on High Street to end at Waterford Drive. It will include about 100 units, said Mary Jo DiSalvo, events administrator.

A few balloons are included in that count, and parade-goers will be able to see how they're put into working order.

"The Inflation Celebration started at the St. Patrick's Day parade. It was a little cooler, but we still had a few people come to the Crowne Plaza parking lot early to see how we lay out all the balloons and blow them up," DiSalvo said.

Independence Day parade balloons Freddy the firecracker, stars and a giant guitar will be inflated at about 9 a.m. in the parking lot of the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 600 Metro Place North.

DiSalvo said the public is invited to watch the process.

The parade also will feature this year's grand marshal, Jeff Noble, who will be escorted by a Boy Scout troop.

The parade will be led by Dublin police officer Chuck Rudy, rather than the police chief. DiSalvo said Chief Heinz von Eckartsberg chose Rudy to lead the parade because of his service to the community and country.

Rudy returned to the Dublin Police Department after a deployment to Afghanistan with the Ohio Air National Guard. As part of the police department's community-education unit, Rudy was a resource officer at Grizzell Middle School.

Children may participate in the parade by decorating their bikes and being part of the bicycle brigade.

"It's fun for kids and a blast from the past when everyone came out for a parade and decorated what they could," DiSalvo said. "It's a nice, healthy way to take part in the parade."

Volunteers will hand out something to help people celebrate the patriotic parade.

"We will have a group of people before the parade handing out those little flags so people can wave them," DiSalvo said. "We would love for people to dress up in red, white and blue, and, of course, the theme is 'Star-spangled Soul.'"

The Concert Band of Dublin will start the free evening entertainment at the Coffman High School stadium, followed by the Sharp Circle Band. Motown singer Smokey Robinson will take the stage at 8:15 p.m., and the celebration will end with fireworks.

"We're expecting them to be as great as they always are," DiSalvo said. "We still get lots and lots of comments from people about how they think our fireworks are better than anyone else's."

For information about Independence Day events, go to Dublin.oh.us/events/independence.