Heath's 12th annual Star Spangled Celebration on July 5 will feature the good ol' red, white and, er, Blue Jackets.

Heath's 12th annual Star Spangled Celebration on July 5 will feature the good ol' red, white and, er, Blue Jackets.

What's new is the Columbus Crew.

The Independence Day celebration at Geller Park will include appearances by Columbus Crew and Columbus Blue Jackets players and staff, as well as the Brass Band of Columbus, local singer Shawna Corder and barbershop-quartet Spare Change.

Heath Mayor Richard Waugh said he gets excited for the event each year.

"You can never downplay the fireworks, but the new additions of the Crew and the Brass Band of Columbus should be good additions to the celebration activities," he said.

Deb Groff, who co-chairs the event with her husband, John, said she thinks everything came together well for this year's celebration, which will begin at 5 p.m.

"The hardest thing is, we try to come up with different activities for the different age groups," she said. "Usually, it's our biggest challenge, and this year, I think we did a pretty good job trying to please everyone."

Groff said she is particularly excited to have the Columbus Crew this year because they are in second place in Major League Soccer's Eastern division.

"Soccer is really big in this community, and to be able to pull a team like that to our event is great," she said. "I contacted them in March or April, and they were excited about it."

The Blue Jackets, who have attended the Star Spangled Celebration for about five years, usually set up a street-hockey game with children in a nearby lot and teach them how to play, Groff said.

Waugh said one of his favorite things about the celebration is that it is entirely community-supported.

"It's more of a community celebration rather than a fundraising venture," he said.

This year, nearly 25 vendors will set up booths in the park, at the end of Cynthia Street, to offer food, drinks and souvenirs. All of the vendors are either local businesses or community groups, he said.

Groff said groups such as 4-H, Girl Scouts, high school cheerleaders and the local Kiwanis Club participate.

Goff said the Star Spangled Celebration is close to her heart.

"I had been a lifelong resident of Heath, and as a child, we would always go to the various fireworks displays," she said. "When we came back to the area, I noticed there were fireworks displays everywhere except the city of Heath."

For Groff, the joy comes from the event being community-sponsored. All funding comes from local businesses and people.

"Anyone that is on the committee is a volunteer," she said. "The really neat thing is that it is all nonprofit or volunteer. That says quite a bit about the community and how much they support the event."