If residents want to drive a classic car or showcase a Little League baseball team in Hilliard's Fourth of July parade, they will have to do some paperwork.
For the first time this year, individuals or groups participating in the parade will be required to have a permit.
"We always encouraged it but it wasn't an absolute requirement until this year," said Christy Clark, executive director of Destination Hilliard.
Clark will assist with the Fourth of July parade, scheduled to step off at 10 a.m. Friday, July 4, from the Franklin County Fairgrounds.
The parade entries must be submitted to Destination Hilliard, 5274 Norwich St., by 5 p.m. July 1. Permit applications are available at hilliardohio.gov.
The parade route will proceed southwest from the fairgrounds onto Main Street, southeast on Norwich Street, west on Cemetery Road and northwest on Scioto Darby Road. It will conclude in the parking lots of the school buildings east of Leppert Road.
The theme of the parade will be "Stars and Stripes Forever," as selected by LaVonna Haight, who recently graduated from Hilliard Station Sixth Grade School.
A contest was held among district sixth-grade students to choose a theme and the committee selected Haight's entry, Clark said.
The grand marshal of the parade will be Chuck Buck, a former member of the Hilliard school board, a current Norwich Township trustee and owner of Buck and Sons Landscape Service.
The city's Independence Day celebration will begin one day earlier at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 3, at Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park, 3800 Veterans Memorial Drive.
Amusement rides, carnival games and concessions will open at 5 p.m.
Both east and west entrances to Municipal Park from Veterans Memorial Drive will close to vehicles at that time, said Hilliard Recreation and Parks Director Steve Mazer.
Unlimited ride wristbands may be purchased for $15 to ride from 5 to 10 p.m. July 3.
The midway will reopen at noon Friday, July 4.
Unlimited ride wristbands may be purchased for $10 to ride from noon to 5 p.m. or 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., or for $20 to ride from noon to 10 p.m.
McGuffey Lane will perform a concert at 6:30 p.m. at the amphitheater at Municipal Park and will continue until the start of the fireworks display.
Fireworks are scheduled to launch at 9:45 p.m., Mazer said.
In the event of poor weather, the show's rain date is 9:45 p.m. Saturday, July 5.
"It's a great family event and it's very well attended in past years," Mazer said. "We have great food and entertainment and a little something for everyone, we think."