Grove City's observance of Memorial Day will again include a traditional parade and a concert honoring America's fallen heroes.
The Memorial Day parade will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, May 28, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 3730 Broadway.
The procession will travel south on Broadway to the Grove City Cemetery on Grove City Road, where a service will be held.
American Legion Paschall Post 164 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8198 will host the parade.
"The parade and memorial service is a traditional solemn event that our community embraces and has become an important way for our citizens to pay their respects and give their thanks to our service people who have given their lives for our nation," Mayor Ike Stage said.
The weekend of activities will kick off with the Grove City Community Winds "Salute to America's Finest" concert from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 25, in the George Edge Music Park at Park Street and Broadway in the Town Center.
The performance will be the first in the city's annual 2018 Summer Sizzle Concert Series.
"We'll have Park Street closed off for the Community Winds concert, and it will be a wonderful way for people to remember and honor our troops who have sacrificed," recreation supervisor Kelly Sutherland said.
"The Memorial Day weekend and the start to our concert series really kicks the summer season into gear," Sutherland said.
Each Summer Sizzle concert begins at 7 p.m. and includes children's activities.
Most are held at the music park, but the July 6 concert will be held in the gazebo at Gantz Park, 2255 Home Road.
"We'll be having an open house at Gantz Park that evening and the Gardens at Gantz volunteers will be on hand, with the farmhouse and barn open to visitors and tours of the garden," Sutherland said.
The July 6 concert will feature the Central Ohio Brass Band.
The event is being held as part of the city's observance of National Parks and Recreation Month, she said.
Additional concerts planned as part of special events are the Tom Daugherty Orchestra performing patriotic songs June 15 during Grove City's presentation of Ohio Flags of Honor and RockHouse as part of the annual homecoming celebration from 7 to 10 p.m. July 27 in the Town Center.
The June 1 concert will feature Endless Recess, a band specializing in children's music.
"We're partnering with Southwest Public Libraries that night to kick off their summer reading program," Sutherland said. "We'll have a lot of crafts and other fun activities along with the music."
Other Summer Sizzle concerts will include:
* The Conspiracy Band, June 8
* Agent 99, June 22
* Rezes-Hall Band, June 29
* Whiskey Would, July 13
* Robin Lacy and DeZydeco, July 20
* The Usual Suspects, Aug. 3
* The Moonbats, Aug. 10
* The Russell Blue Band, Aug. 17.
Fryer Flicks on the Hill, the city's free, family-friendly outdoor movie series, will be held at 9 p.m. Thursdays at Fryer Park, 3899 Orders Road, beginning June 7 and running through July 26. The June 7 feature will be "Despicable Me 3."
The movies are shown on a large inflatable screen at the park's sledding hill.
Fryer Park is also the site for the city's new Splash Pad, an interactive water play structure that is a joint project between the city and the Grove City YMCA.
"Splash pads are really becoming popular these days and we think this is a great addition to our playground at Fryer Park," said Kim Conrad, parks and recreation director.
The splash pad features include a rocket slide and water sprays that youngsters can manipulate and aim toward their friends.
"Discovery Park, our playground at Fryer Park, has a space theme, and we've kept that theme with the splash pad, with elements like the rocket slide," Conrad said.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the splash pad was held May 19.
The splash pad will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Labor Day on days when school is not in session.