All eyes will turn skyward for the city of Delaware's annual fireworks display July 4.
The half-hour fireworks show will follow the Central Ohio Symphony's traditional outdoor concert on the Ohio Wesleyan University campus, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The July Fourth parade will begin at 3 p.m.
The city sets a $25,000 fundraising goal each year for fireworks and uses city funds to pay for public safety and traffic control. Ohio Wesleyan supports the events with public-safety services and logistical help.
Byers Auto Group, Meijer and OhioHealth again are the main sponsors of the fireworks show. Each renewed pledges: Byers as the presenting sponsor, Meijer as the grand finale sponsor and OhioHealth as the community spirit sponsor.
Also supporting the show with donations this year are JEGS Automotive, the Delaware Fraternal Order of Eagles, American Structurepoint, CT Consultants, Scioto Energy, PPG and First Commonwealth Bank.
"Our community is truly blessed to have partners like this who step forward to ensure this annual tradition," Mayor Carolyn Kay Riggle said. "I hope everyone will take time to thank the sponsors for their generosity."
As in past years, fireworks viewing will be available on the Ohio Wesleyan athletic fields and parking lots along Henry Street, between Wilmer Street and Olentangy Avenue.
The July Fourth parade this year is being coordinated by Delaware residents Erik Boeriu and Corie Thompson.
Thompson last week said 100 parade entries are expected.
"We accept same-day registration at the fairgrounds. We already have about 20 entries," she said.
"Most people do not know this is not a city-funded parade," Thompson said. "Erik and I volunteer our time to make sure the parade happens -- collecting registration, donations and planning."
She added three fundraisers were hosted at Opa Grill and Tavern.
Parade entrants are invited to bring toiletries to donate to People in Need at registration.
The parade will leave the county fairgrounds at 3 p.m., heading down Pennsylvania Avenue and turning south on Sandusky Street. It will turn left at Hardware Exchange and end at Selby Stadium on Henry Street.
The Central Ohio Symphony concert will be held behind OWU's Gray Chapel.
The evening's program will feature music by American composers, including the popular "Armed Forces Salute" in recognition of veterans and active service personnel, and Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture," replete with cannon blasts.
Lawn seating is free. The symphony also provides limited general-admission chair seating in front of the stage for $6, or online for $6.50, at centralohiosymphony.org.
Tickets are available at the symphony office, 24 E. Winter St., as well as at the concert.
The lead sponsors for this year's concert are Willow Brook Christian Communities, Zangmeister Cancer Center and Mount Carmel, with additional support from the city and the Ohio Arts Council. OWU will provide in-kind support.
The symphony accepts donations in any amount for the concert.
Donations may be made at the symphony's website or by calling 740-362-1799.