Reynoldsburg's Independence Day celebration will span two days this year.

Reynoldsburg's Independence Day celebration will span two days this year.

The fireworks display is scheduled July 3 instead of July 4, said Mary Hudson of the Reynoldsburg Visitors Bureau.

The Fourth of July parade and the Mount Carmel Firecracker 5K Run/Walk will be morning events July 4.

Reynoldsburg City Council decided in February to change the date of the city's fireworks display, which had traditionally been held July 4, to 9:45 p.m. July 3 at Civic Park, 6801 Daugherty Drive.

Food vendors, bounce houses, carnival games and musical entertainment will begin at 6:30 p.m. July 3, with the fireworks at 9:45 p.m. In the event of rain, the fireworks only will be held at the same time Friday, July 5.

Hudson said the Mount Carmel Firecracker 5K Run/Walk is new to this year's Independence Day festivities.

"The race begins at 9 a.m. and our annual Fourth of July parade begins at 10 a.m. at East Main and Rosehill Road," she said. "The race is new for July 4. Traditionally, the Mount Carmel Fitness Challenge was originally on Labor Day weekend. Now that it is moving to July 4, it's called the Firecracker 5K."

The 5K race is begins 9 a.m. July 4 in front of the Reynoldsburg Senior Center, 1520 Davidson Drive, and covers a 3.1-mile course.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. that morning, but participants may register at The fee is $20 before June 15, $25 thereafter.

The annual Guns and Hoses competition between teams from the police and fire departments will return, but it won't be a softball game this year.

"The Guns and Hoses competition used to be a softball game, but the departments decided to send people to run during the 5K, so they will be running in the race for bragging rights," Hudson said. "A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Reynoldsburg DARE program."

Hudson said everyone who registers for the race gets a T-shirt; plaques will be given to the top three runners overall and top three in each category.

She said the runners will finish on East Main Street at about the time the Fourth of July parade begins at 10 a.m. at East Main Street and Rosehill Road.

"We are also once again having the kids' decorated bike contest that will be part of the parade," Hudson said. "They will meet at 9:15 a.m. at CS Bank for judging of their bikes and then lead off the parade.

"The parade route goes east on Main Street, trends south onto Haft and ends in Huber Park," she said. "This is the only parade in town, so we get scout groups and teams, along with local businesses, all working on floats."

She said the Reynoldsburg Community Association sponsors the parade.

RCA President Chuck Cochran said this year's grand marshal will be a group: the Reynoldsburg Lions Club.

"They are a wonderful community group and have actually been the parade marshals each year to help the floats get off," he said. "They are longtime partners and always seem to be there for our citizens, so this was our way to give back a little."

Hudson said holding events in the morning could help participants and spectators.

"Changing the time to the morning means we may get more people early in the morning for the race and the parade, when it's cool outside," she said.

She said signs will be up in the city that morning announcing lane closures for the 5K race and the parade.

"The parade basically closes East Main Street between Rosehill Road and Lancaster Avenue for about 45 minutes," she said.

Hudson said people who want to enter a float in the parade need to obtain an application by visiting the Reynoldsburg Community Association website,