Hilliard Northwest News

Fourth of July events include fireworks, parade


Hilliard will celebrate Independence Day July 3-4 with its annual parade and activities at Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park, 3800 Veterans Memorial Drive.

The schedule for Wednesday, July 3, includes amusement rides, children's games, food vendors and other entertainment from 5 to 10 p.m. at the municipal park.

On July 4, the city's parade will step off at 10 a.m. from the Franklin County Fairgrounds onto Main Street.

The route will continue onto Norwich Street, Cemetery Road and Scioto Darby Road.

The parade route ends just west of Veterans Memorial Drive in the parking lot of Hilliard Memorial Middle School, 5600 Scioto Darby Road.

All parade entries must register in advance to cclark@destinationhilliard.com or during the assembly of the procession at the fairgrounds.

Destination Hilliard Executive Director Christy Clark said the purpose is to eliminate large gaps in the parade procession.

Theresa Montgomery, a former Norwich Township clerk and a Hilliard High School Class of 1949 graduate, will be the grand marshal. The township is celebrating its bicentennial this year.

She will ride near the front of the parade in a red Ford Mustang convertible.

Montgomery was the township's elected clerk from 1970 until 1998, when she retired at the age of 67.

Her family also has a history of serving Norwich Township. Montgomery's mother, Thelma Alder, was the clerk from 1947 to 1970; her father, Clay, and paternal grandfather, Arch, also were NorwichTownship clerks.

After the parade, the festivities will resume at noon at Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park and continue through the afternoon and evening.

"We are looking forward to another great evening celebrating another (Fourth of July)," said Steve Mazer, Hilliard Recreation and Parks director.

Entertainment will include Parrots of the Caribbean, a Jimmy Buffet tribute band, from 6:30 to about 9:45 p.m., the anticipated start time for the fireworks display.

No alcohol is permitted in Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park.

Free parking will be available at school parking lots and the Hilliard Ohio Soccer Association complex.

The celebration July 4 will cause restricted access to the municipal park and surrounding streets.

Veterans Memorial Drive will close at 4 p.m.

At 9:15 p.m., Scioto Darby Road will close at Main Street to westbound traffic.

At 9:45 p.m., eastbound traffic on Scioto Darby Road will be halted at Cosgray Road and redirected north.

Northbound traffic on Leppert Road from Scioto Darby Road also will not be permitted after 9:45 p.m.

At the conclusion of the fireworks, all traffic leaving the municipal park's western exit will be directed west on Scioto Darby Road.