The city's Fourth of July celebration kicks off this Saturday afternoon with a the parade down East Main Street followed by a fireworks display at Civic Park that night.

The city's Fourth of July celebration kicks off this Saturday afternoon with a the parade down East Main Street followed by a fireworks display at Civic Park that night.

Festivities begin with the 2 p.m. parade, sponsored by the Reynoldsburg Community Association. The route runs from Rosehill Road to Main Street, then east to Haft Drive, then onto Davidson Drive and into Huber Park.

Police will begin rerouting traffic at 1:50 p.m. Rosehill Road south of Main Street and down to East Livingston Avenue will be closed at 1 p.m. so participants can gather there before the parade starts.

RCA vice president Mary Hudson said judging for the decorated bike contest will take place this year in the east side parking lot of the Truro Township fire station at 6900 E. Main St.

Hudson said contest entries should be there at around 1:15 p.m. to be judged. First-, second- and third-place winners will then lead the July 4 parade.

The parade grand marshal is Jean Martin, owner of Ohio Select. Martin is a longtime Reynoldsburg resident and supporter of the community, Hudson said.

Parade chairman and RCA treasurer Anna Clendenen said 55 entries have been received for the parade. Although the deadline was June 21, she said they usually receive a few late entries, as well.

In addition the decorated bike contest, she said there prizes will be awarded for best float, best color guard unit and best business entry.

Clendenen suggests parents bring a bag for their children because some parade participants will be handing out free goodies.

"There will be a lot of people passing out candy and businesses that will be passing out coupons and flyers and Tootsie Rolls and all kinds of stuff," Clendenen said. "This is a community affair. It's not only a fun time for the kids but also adults, and last but not least, it's a patriotism event. It's the Fourth of July, the birth of our nation."

The fireworks display is scheduled to at approximately 9:45 p.m., or at dusk, in Civic Park, 6800 Daugherty Drive.

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