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Independence Day Celebration

Tradition common theme in holiday events schedule

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Dublin will celebrate the stars and stripes with its traditional parade, music and more.

The events lineup for the annual Independence Day Celebration in Dublin starts at 8 a.m. with the Sherm Sheldon Fishing Derby and activities continue with the traditional parade, free concert and fireworks.

 

Fishing derby

The Sherm Sheldon Fishing Derby is a longtime Dublin tradition.

The event, in its 29th year, draws children for a friendly fishing competition to the pond outside the Dublin Community Recreation Center.

"They just stocked the pond so there are a lot of fish to be had," said Mary Jo DiSalvo, a Dublin events administrator.

"We want people to come fishing."

 

Inflation Celebration

Events continue at 9 a.m. at Graeter's of Dublin, 6255 Frantz Road, with the Inflation Celebration where people can watch parade balloons being inflated.

"We had this for St. Patrick's Day (at Graeter's) and there were more people than ever," DiSalvo said, adding she expects a bigger crowd for the Fourth of July.

A balloon sculptor and circus calliope will also be on hand at the Inflation Celebration to provide a festive environment.

 

The parade

Dublin's Independence Day Parade steps off from Metro Center at 11 a.m., going through Historic Dublin via Bridge and South High streets.

"At this date we have more than 70 units registered to be in the parade," DiSalvo said last week.

"We have a cowgirl equestrian team and Uncle Sam's crazy cart."

Grand Marshal Jan Rozanski will ride in the parade with his family while former grand marshals will be on board another float.

Children can participate in the parade by decorating their bikes and riding with the bike brigade, DiSalvo said.

This year, organizers will focus on keeping the parade flowing with a traffic light.

"For the first time we're using a portable traffic light to keep gaps in the parade to a minimum," DiSalvo said.

The light will be near the Sunoco on Bridge Street and regulate the speed of units to keep everything moving.

"We'll start with one central location for the day," said Trish Lackey, events administrator.

"It's a pilot program and if that works well we'll add a few more for St. Patrick's Day."

 

Evening concert

Festivities continue in the evening in the Coffman High School stadium, 6780 Coffman Road.

Gates open at 4:30 p.m. with the Skyhoundz Hyperflite Canine Frisbee Disc Championship set for 5 p.m.

The Emerald City Swing Orchestra will provide music at 5 p.m., followed by rock and soul band, the Floorwalkers, at 6:15 p.m.

Scioto graduate Leah Phillip will sing the National Anthem at the concert and headliners, Earth, Wind and Fire will take the stage at 8 p.m.

"Tables sold out for the second year in a row," DiSalvo said.

"People can set up in the grass around the stadium or sit in the bleachers," she said.

"We'll have lots of food vendors on hand."

Entrance into the evening concert is free, although all on-field tables sold out the day they went on sale in May.

Bleacher seats and seating on the grass around the stadium are open and free.

Fireworks round out the day at 9:50 p.m.

"People tell us this fireworks show rivals any show they've been to anywhere," DiSalvo said.

With tables sold out and the holiday falling on a Friday, DiSalvo said the city is planning for an extra-large crowd for the Independence Day Celebration.

"We want Dublin to come to its own community parade and evening celebration," she said.

"It's a good feeling when people have a reason to stay home."

The ThisWeek Dublin Villager is a sponsor of the annual Independence Day Celebration and other Dublin special events.

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