Fireworks will be at full strength for this year's Blast at Beulah.

Fireworks will be at full strength for this year's Blast at Beulah.

The annual Grove City Independence Day celebration, which is scheduled for Saturday, July 2, again will feature $30,000 worth of fireworks. That's the same budget the festival has had for the last two years, recreation superintendent Ed Merritt said.

The gates open at 5:30 p.m. at Beulah Park, 3811 Southwest Blvd., for the event.

"We are having Wally and the Beavs perform and we're having children's activities, including face painting from 6 to 9:15 p.m.," Merritt said. "We're trying to accommodate and have something for everyone."

TWIG 184, the fundraising arm of Nationwide Children's Hospital, will run the face-painting station in the paddock area of Beulah Park in exchange for donations.

Those attending should bring a lawn chair. They can bring a picnic or purchase food and beverages at the site. Blast at Beulah is an alcohol-free event; coolers are subject to searches and tailgating is not permitted. Pets, other than service dogs, are not permitted in the venue. Fireworks also are prohibited.

Food vendors expected to attend include Donatos, Flyers Pizza and Subs, Chik-fil-A, a roasted-corn vendor, Good Humor and possibly the local Kiwanis Club, which might sell popcorn. In addition, vendors will sell "glow sticks and novelty items for the little ones," Merritt said.

Music by Wally and the Beavs will begin at 7 p.m. and continue until 8 p.m., when a salute to veterans will begin, including the playing of the national anthem. The ceremony to honor active and retired military personnel will include VIP seating for those special guests. Handicap parking and assistance for the mobility impaired will be available.

Wally and the Beavs will play a second set until 9:55 p.m., when Mayor Richard "Ike" Stage and "Miss Lisa" from 95.5 WHOK-FM will count down to the start of the fireworks.

The fireworks show will last between 15 and 20 minutes and will be simulcast on radio station Wink 107.1.

"The thing that always amazes me is our display is pretty neat," Merritt said. "If you're at the event in Beulah Park, you're right underneath the fireworks and it's really amazing."

While the event itself is free, parking in the Beulah Park lot costs $5. Those parking elsewhere may use the Park Street entrance.

Merritt expects 8,000 to 12,000 guests at Beulah Park, depending on the weather. In case of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled for Sunday, July 3.

"Last year was sort of a light rain that came towards the end, but we're going to try just about everything to (set the fireworks) off," Merritt said.

For more information, visit www.grovecityohio.gov or call (614) 277-3050.

Weather-related cancellation information will be available at the Grove City website or (614) 277-3060 on the day of the event.