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Independence Day

Celebration runs gamut from fishing to fireworks

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Dublin will work toward becoming a tradition on the day of one of the country's longest traditions.

A fishing derby, parade, music and fireworks are slated for Independence Day in Dublin and organizers said the festivities are becoming a tradition for some.

"This is a continuity event," Dublin Events Administrator Mary Jo DiSalvo said.

"People return year after year," she said.

"We have a tradition established. We don't go for new, we go for tradition and we've got it in spades. There's a lot of community engagement."

The first opportunity for people to get involved on Independence Day is the Sherm Sheldon Fishing Derby that starts at 8 a.m. at the pond at the Dublin Community Recreation Center, 5600 Post Road.

Children try to catch the biggest fish in the catch-and-release event.

"They stock the pond periodically, so I've seen everything from a tiny bluegill to a more than 12-inch fish," DiSalvo said.

"Who knows what they'll pull out of there. That's what makes it fun."

The Independence Day Parade, themed "Color My World ... Red, White and Blue," will step off from Metro Center at 11 a.m. and wind its way through Historic Dublin along Bridge and South High Street.

The Dublin Wind Symphony will warm up parade viewers with a performance on the Dublin Community Church grounds at 10 a.m.

The 100-unit parade will be lead by three red, white and blue star balloons, said Events Administrator Trish Lackey.

"It's kind of a welcome to the Independence Day parade," she said.

The parade will feature some of the usual suspects, including three equestrian groups and the bike brigade which allows children to be in the parade on decorated bicycles.

"We're pushing the bike brigade because it is the one parade we have that kids can get more engaged in," Lackey said.

The Dublin Republican Club is planning an Uncle Sam float for the parade that will be towed by a 1916 Mack truck.

The Freddy the Firecracker balloon will also be in the parade, which is presented annually thanks to sponsors such as Key Bank, Tansky and Premier Allergy, DiSalvo said.

"We don't want to overlook the fact that without these partners we could not put on these events," she said.

"These are community events. We want to keep families at home and have them celebrate here. It's such an Americana-type day from fishing to fireworks."

The gates for the evening celebration in the Dublin Coffman High School stadium, 6780 Coffman Road, open at 4:30 p.m. after the Skyhoundz Canine Frisbee Disc Championship at 4 p.m.

On-field tables are sold out, but free bleacher seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

"It sold out faster than you can say Independence Day," DiSalvo said of on-field tables.

"But, people can still come and sit in the bleachers and in the grass around the stadium," she said.

"We're not being exclusive. We want them to come and have a wonderful evening."

Those with on-field tables will compete for top honors in the table-decorating contest and grand marshals Mike and Chris Close will do the judging.

The Emerald City Swing Orchestra will kick off musical performances at 5 p.m. followed by Josh Krajcik, the central Ohio resident who was runner up the inaugural year of the X Factor.

"We always thought about having our own 'Dublin Idol' thing, but haven't done it," DiSalvo said, "but we thought about American Idol and reached out that way to Josh."

Chicago will take the stage at 8 p.m., with fireworks wrapping up the evening at 9:50 p.m.

Pets, fireworks, alcohol, open flames and smoking are prohibited in the stadium for the evening celebration.

The ThisWeek Dublin Villager is a sponsor of the annual Dublin Independence Day Celebration as well as other Dublin community events.

For more information, look online at dublinohiousa.gov/ independence-day-celebration/.

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