Dublin Villager

July 4 celebration

Baby, what a big surprise: Chicago coming to Dublin

The band Chicago will headline Dublin's Independence Day Celebration July 4, in the Dublin Coffman High School stadium.

Hailed as one of the most important bands in music since the dawn of the rock 'n' roll era, Chicago is the first American band to chart Top 40 albums in five consecutive decades.

Considered one of the longest running and most successful pop/rock 'n' roll groups in history, they are the highest charting American band in Billboard Magazine's List of Top 100 Artists of All Time.

Formed in 1967 in Chicago, the "legendary rock band with horns" released their first album "Chicago Transit Authority" in 1969.

Since then, they have had record sales top the 100,000,000 mark, and boast 21 Top 10 singles, five consecutive No. 1 albums, 11 No. 1 singles and five Gold singles.

Twenty-five of their 34 albums have been certified platinum, and the band has a total of 47 gold and platinum awards.

The band is now in its 46th consecutive year of touring, without missing a single concert date.

Dublin residents can purchase reserved on-field tables starting at 7:30 a.m. May 1 in the Dublin Community Recreation Center.

Reserved tables for 10 people on the field are available for $100. Proof of city of Dublin residency is required and there is a limit of two tables per household.

If tables are still available, they will go on sale to the general public May 31. Free seating is available in the bleachers at the stadium on a first-come, first-served basis. No tickets are required.

Those who would like to reserve a table without waiting in line May 1, can do so through the Patriotic Table Partner Program. It provides the table of your choice for $1,000.

To become a Patriotic Table Partner, a parade partner or event sponsor, contact Mary Jo DiSalvo at mdisalvo@dublin.oh.us or by calling 614- 410-4507.

Independence Day

The 2013 Independence Day Celebration theme is "Color My World ... Red, White and Blue."

The event is set for July 4 in the Dublin Coffman High School Stadium.

The Celebration at the stadium begins at 5 p.m., followed by a fantastic display of fireworks and the Grand Finale at 9:50 p.m.

For more information, call the Dublin Events Administration office at 614-410-4545; or visit the website dublinohiousa.gov. To volunteer, call 614-410-4406.