With large crowds expected for Dublin's Independence Day celebration, the city will take steps to make sure everyone has a safe holiday.
Independence Day festivities will begin at 8 a.m. Friday, July 4, with the Sherm Sheldon Fishing Derby at the Dublin Community Recreation Center pond, followed by the parade at 11 a.m.
Parade-goers can get an early start at 9 a.m. by watching parade balloons be readied at the Inflation Celebration in Graeter's parking lot at 6255 Frantz Road.
The 11 a.m. parade will cause restricted access to traffic on Bridge Street, Frantz Road, Metro Place North and South, South High Street and Monterey Drive between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Evening events will begin at the Dublin Coffman High School stadium at 4:30 p.m. with the Skyhoundz Hyerflite Canine Frisbee Disc Championship and a performance from the Emerald City Swing Orchestra at 5 p.m.
The Floorwalkers will take the stage at 6:15 p.m. followed by headliners Earth, Wind & Fire at 8 p.m.
Fireworks will cap off the night at 9:50 p.m.
On-field tables for the evening festivities are sold out, but free seating is available in the bleachers on a first-come, first-served basis.
If the stadium capacity is reached, anyone who leaves will not be guaranteed re-entry into the stadium, information from the city said.
In order to ensure the safety of everyone alcohol, pets, weapons and fireworks, including sparklers, are prohibited in the stadium event organizers said.
Bags will be checked for prohibited items upon entry into the stadium, according to information from the city.
Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be permitted.
Parking for activities at the stadium will be available at Coffman High School, the Dublin Community Recreation Center, Dublin School Administration Building, Dublin Municipal Building, Coffman Park and the east portion of the Verizon Wireless and Cardinal Health parking lots.
A bike parking area will also be available outside the stadium.
Dublin Police are warn residents against the use of personal fireworks for the holiday. Use and sale of fireworks in the city is illegal.
For more information about Dublin's Independence Day celebration, look online at dublinohiousa.gov/independence-day-celebration.
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