Music, food, rides, games and fireworks -- oh, and a parade, you can't forget about the parade.

Music, food, rides, games and fireworks -- oh, and a parade, you can't forget about the parade.

Pickerington's Fourth of July festivities will just about have it all as area residents and visitors celebrate the nation's birthday.

"We're looking forward to another July Fourth celebration this year with a lot of returning favorites as in years past," said Rebecca Medinger, Pickerington Parks and Recreation Director.

"There are things for the whole family to enjoy throughout the event," Medinger said.

The Friday, July 4 party will kick off at 4 p.m. in Pickerington's Victory Park, located across from City Hall on Lockville Road.

At that time, there will be inflatable amusements, children's amusement rides and food.

At 6 p.m. the annual Fourth of July parade will step off from Pickerington High School Central, 300 Opportunity Way. The parade will travel north on Lockville Road, east on Columbus Street and south on Hill Road. It will conclude at Ridgeview Jr. High School.

The 2014 Pickerington 4th of July Parade Grand Marshal is the entire Pickerington Youth Athletic Association, which was chosen by Pickerington Mayor Lee Gray for its dedication to the community's youth.

"Sometimes people don't understand that (PYAA) provides all of our youth sports, and it does it all through volunteers and donations," Gray said.

"We're trying to acknowledge all those people who have put in all that time all through the years, they have really benefitted the Pickerington community," he said.

Opening ceremonies will start at 7:30 p.m. followed by a concert at 8 p.m. by Hotel California, a nationally-acclaimed Eagles tribute band that plays festivals throughout the country.

Fireworks commence at 10 p.m. The fireworks display is again made possible through the joint financial efforts of the city of Pickerington and Violet Township.

Hotel California will then re-take the main stage in Victory Park at 10:30 p.m. for a post-fireworks show.

At 11 p.m. the festival will close.

Admission to the Pickerington Fourth of July celebration is free and visitors are invited to bring their own blankets and lawn chairs.

For more information about Pickerington's Fourth of July festivities, call the Pickerington Parks and Recreation Department at (614) 833-2211.