The Fourth of July in Westerville will include the annual Rotary run, parade and fireworks, but this year, the city will add educational events about the Civil War to the lineup.

The Fourth of July in Westerville will include the annual Rotary run, parade and fireworks, but this year, the city will add educational events about the Civil War to the lineup.

The Ohio Historical Society's vintage baseball team, the Ohio Village Muffins, will play a game against a local team, following Civil War-era rules, at 4 p.m. July 2 at the Westerville Sports Complex, 325 N. Cleveland Ave.

The Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau will host History Exhumed! from 1 to 5:30 p.m. July 3 at Heritage Park. The event, part of the city's commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, will include live entertainment, concessions, old-fashioned games for kids and information on Civil War history.

The Eagle River Trio will perform songs from the Civil War era on the porch of Everal Barn. Children can participate in candle-making and games of skill that were played by children in the 1860s.

There also will be displays and presentations about Westerville's role in the Underground Railroad and on how Westerville's Hanby family spent the war years.

Civil War re-enactors will show ladies' clothing and talk about how women helped the war effort when their husbands went off to fight.

At 1 p.m., former Westerville City Schools history teacher Steve Frazier will showcase medical instruments and talk about Civil War medicine in a surgeon's tent.

At 2 p.m., Ohio Chautauqua performer Dianne Moran will present a free youth program on the "Civil War Diaries," reading excerpts from the Civil War diaries of rural and city dwellers. Moran also will display reproductions of Civil War items, and two volunteers will be dressed in period clothing. After the program, Ohio Chautauqua performer Richard Johnson, who portrays President Abraham Lincoln, will present the adult program, "Your Favorite Lincoln Stories and Mine."

At 4:30 p.m., the Westerville Concert Band will perform a collection of Civil War songs, including selections by Westerville resident Benjamin Hanby.

On both July 3 and July 4, there will be Ohio Chautauqua presentations on the Civil War at 7:30 p.m. at the Westerville Sports Complex. These will be preceded by musical performances at 6:30 p.m.

On July 4, the Westerville Symphony will perform after the close of the Ohio Chautauqua program.

The fireworks show will begin at 10 p.m., with the fireworks being launched from Park Meadow Road. The city recommends viewing the fireworks from the Westerville Sports Complex or Heritage Park.

The annual Rotary Fourth of July 5K run will start at 8 a.m. at Hoff Woods Park, 556 McCorkle Blvd. The cost to register is $30. A kids' fun run will be at 9:15 a.m., with a registration fee of $15. All of the money raised through the race will benefit the Rotary Club of Westerville. For information about the race or to register, visit www.westervillerotary.com.

Westerville's annual Independence Day parade will start at 1 p.m. The parade will move north on Brooksedge Drive to Schrock Road, east to South State Street and north along South State Street.