New Albany News

5K race kicks off daylong celebration July 4


The Fourth of July celebration in New Albany will begin at 8 a.m. Thursday, July 4, with the New Albany Independence Day Walk and Run, continue with the annual parade and culminate with a fireworks display.

The 5K course for runners, walkers and children in strollers begins on Market Street.

Registration opens at 6:45 a.m.

Proceeds will benefit the New Albany Symphony Orchestra and LifeCare Alliance of Columbus

The symphony is a nonprofit group of professional, community and student musicians. It is supported through grants, fundraisers and donations.

LifeCare Alliance of Columbus provides meals, medical assistance and other services to senior citizens and "medically challenged adults," according to the organization's website.

The race will conclude on Market Street just before the Fourth of July parade begins at 10 a.m.

The parade and evening part of the July 4 celebration are organized by the nonprofit New Albany Community Events Board.

Hans Schell, vice president of the community events board, said the parade will run from New Albany Middle School east on Dublin-Granville Road, south on Johnstown Road, west on Market Street and back to the middle school on Dublin-Granville Road.

The parade will honor "hometown heroes," Schell said.

"Our grand marshals are our first-responders, the New Albany Police Department, Plain Township Fire Department and local dispatchers," Schell said.

The grand marshals will walk in the parade with several local mascots, including Brutus Buckeye, tractors and several floats.

Schell said the parade will conclude by 11 a.m.

No afternoon events are scheduled, but the Ealy House, 6359 Dublin-Granville Road, will be open from 1 to 3 p.m.

The mid-19th-century home was restored by the New Albany-Plain Township Historical Society. Parking is available at the New Albany Church of the Resurrection, 6300 E. Dublin-Granville Road.

The Independence Day celebration will resume at 6 p.m. on the New Albany High School green, 7600 Fodor Road.

Rob Yanok, president of the community events board, said rides will be set up in the high school parking lot.

Schell said this year, vendors are providing a rock climbing wall, a train ride for younger children and bounce houses.

On the lawn, Bellacino's Pizza and Grinders, Holy Smoke Barbecue and Dan's Deli will serve food.

Schell said desserts will include kettle corn, cupcakes or shaved ice cones.

Live music will be provided by The Street Players, beginning at 7 p.m.

The fireworks are expected to begin after dark, around 9:30 p.m.

Fireworks are launched from Swickard Woods parks, Schell said.

Yanok said parking is available in school lots or at the New Albany Church of the Resurrection.

The New Albany Community Events board receives donations and grants to support the Fourth of July celebration and two other annual events.

This year, the board received a $38,000 grant from the city of New Albany. The other major sponsor for the Fourth of July celebration is Mount Carmel Health Systems.

The city of New Albany pays for the fireworks.

The city budgeted $24,950.for fireworks this year, said Finance Director Chad Fuller.