Clintonville's longstanding tradition of putting a neighborhood stamp on Independence Day will continue, with a few new wrinkles added to this year's July Fourth festivities.
"We've got some good sponsors in, some new stuff, some old stuff," said Addie Davis-Holsinger, a member of the Clintonville July Fourth Celebration committee.
"It takes the 'Ville to pull this off," added Pat Kearns-Davis, another member of the organization.
The annual breakfast in the main shelter house at Whetstone Park will be a little different this time, said to Davis-Holsinger. For one thing, it will start at 8 a.m. instead of 7:30. Rather than the usual pancakes, the committee member said, breakfast will be served buffet-style, with bacon, eggs and sausage on the menu, along with pastries donated by Lucky's Market and coffee from Crimson Cup. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children 7 and younger.
The Clintonville 4 on the 4th run and walk gets underway at 8 a.m., starting and ending at Whetstone High School. To register, visit tinyurl.com/cville4on4th.
The flag-raising ceremony, sponsored by the Flag Lady's Flag Store, will take place behind the main shelter house at 9 a.m.
The pet parade, sponsored by Knapp Veterinary Hospital, returns at 9:45 a.m., with the children's bike-decorating contest set for 10 a.m.
Davis-Holsinger said Johnny Velo Bikes is donating a children's bike to be presented to the winner.
The fishing derby, open to those 16 and under, runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Whetstone pond.
No bait or poles are required, and awards will be given for the biggest catches.
Concession stands will open in the park starting at 3 p.m.
Fireworks, provided by Melrose Pyrotechnics Inc., are scheduled for 10 p.m.
The fundraising goal for the event is $65,000, and Davis-Holsinger said June 22 that, with money received and sponsorship commitments, the goal is about two-thirds met.
"We really need the community to come out and support by sending donations, coming to the breakfast, signing up for the race or buying our Clintonville July Fourth T-shirts," she said.
Donations can be made at clintonvillejulyfourth.com. The T-shirts cost $20 and can be purchased by sending a message at the Clintonville July Fourth Celebration's Facebook page.
Davis-Holsinger said many people have asked about where the money goes. She said while the fireworks take up some of the cash, more than half the budget is to provide police, fire and EMS workers during the event, as well as to add safety measures such as fencing and to buy insurance. Permits and portable toilets also cost money, she said. She said "frills" such as the fishing derby and DJ are covered through sponsorships.
Davis-Holsinger said committee members will be keeping the event's Facebook page up to date, particularly with information about the weather.
"Families meet up for breakfast," Kearns-Davis said. "Friends can meet up with friends. Moms, dads and kids plan for it all year.
"People come back and feel united, feel that community vibe that the 'Ville has."