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City to celebrate the Fourth on July 5

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Pataskala's first fireworks display in several years has turned into a community celebration that will begin in the early afternoon Saturday, July 5, and conclude with a bang that evening.

Mayor Mike Compton said the event will be in Thomas J. Evans Foundation Park, 10255 Mcintosh Road.

The celebration will begin at 1 p.m. with a car show open to all vehicles. Concessions will be available.

Randy and Michelle Ball, a local couple, will perform from 6 to 8 p.m., Compton said.

The fireworks display will begin at dusk. It, too, will be in Foundation Park.

The fireworks will be funded by donations from local residents and organizations.

Compton said city crews were working last week to separate the fireworks zone from the rest of the park.

"There won't be a bad place in that park to watch fireworks, that's for sure," Compton said.

Compton said the rain date would be Sunday, July 6.

In May, the Pataskala Recreation Association announced it would give the city $7,500 for the Fourth of July celebration.

The PRA agreed to use revenue from the concession stands in Pataskala Municipal Park and the Thomas J. Evans Foundation Park the nonprofit group started operating in fall 2014.

PRA organizers Andy and Ann Walther said they would supplement the funds up to $7,500 if the concessions did not raise the entire amount.

Since then, Compton said, local businesses and organizations have come out in support of the celebration, which should keep it going for several more years.

"The PRA gave us seed money and a lot of people stepped up to the plate and made some commitments to next year and the years beyond," Compton said.

As of June 26, Compton said, donations were still coming in.

He said funds being donated beyond this year's cost, estimated at $7,500, would be used for next year's event.

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