Singing at Dublin's Independence Day concert has been on the mind of Lauren Foley for a long time.
The 2013 Dublin Scioto High School graduate was chosen to sing the national anthem and kick off evening Independence Day festivities in the Dublin Coffman High School stadium.
"My dad and I have been talking about it since we found out a graduating senior is chosen to sing," Foley said.
"I was pretty young when I moved here so we've been talking about it for a long time," she said.
Foley auditioned and when she later received a letter from Dublin, her father was just as happy.
"My dad woke me up with a letter in my face," she said.
"I'm not a morning person, but I was excited."
Singing has long been a part of Foley's life. The Scioto graduate first got involved with musical theater in the fourth grade when she was a part the Dr. Seuss musical, Seussical.
"I got back into theater my freshman year," Foley said.
"I was Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. My sophomore year I was Tracy in Hairspray," she said.
"My junior year I was Paulette in Legally Blonde and my senior year I was Rosemary in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."
The Fourth of July won't be Foley's first performance of the national anthem. Her first time was at age 9 and since then, she's sung the anthem at various places.
"I did some Scioto (High School) games, but I did for about six years the national anthem for the American Diabetes Association walk each year," Foley said.
With some experience under her belt, Foley has a preparation ritual in place.
"Most of the time I just practice for at least 30 minutes every day and probably the day before I start drinking a lot of water," she said. "I think it's a little bit easier now that I've been doing it for a long time."
But it doesn't mean Foley won't experience a little stage fright.
"I'm not nervous yet, but I definitely will be," she told the Dublin Villager last week.
With high school finished, Foley plans to keep music a part of her life.
"I decided to take a year off, but I will be going to a two-year musical theater school in Dallas," Foley said. "I'm really excited."
The gates for the evening festivities open at 4:30 p.m. and the Emerald City Swing Orchestra will play at 5 p.m., followed by X Factor runner up Josh Krajcik at 6:30 p.m. Chicago will take the stage at 8 p.m. with fireworks scheduled to close out the evening at 9:50 p.m.
For more information, look online at dublinohiousa.gov/ independence-day-celebration/.