Independence Day in Reynoldsburg is a two-day event.

Festivities begin at 6 p.m. July 3 at Civic Park, 6800 Daugherty Drive, with carnival games, inflatables and food vendors. The annual fireworks display begins at 9:45 p.m.

The following day, the annual Reynoldsburg Fourth of July parade, sponsored by the Reynoldsburg Community Association, begins at 10 a.m. at Rosehill Road and East Main Street.

Kids who want to lead the parade, however, by riding their decorated bicycles need to arrive at 9 a.m. at First Merchants Bank, 6950 E. Main St.

Judging for the best decorated bicycles begins at 9:15 a.m.

Susan and Norm Brusk are the grand marshals for the parade.

"The kids may decorate their bicycles in any way they wish, but people usually follow a July Fourth theme," Susan Brusk said. "We are giving out medals for separate age categories."

She said parade organizers are putting "a big emphasis" on encouraging kids to decorate their bikes this year.

"We have not had enough kids participating in the past, and we think they are a big part of the parade each year," she said.

Between 60 and 70 floats travel in the parade each year, proceeding up East Main from Rosehill Road to Davidson Drive and then down Davidson to Huber Park.

"People on floats are not allowed to throw candy to kids but may have someone walking along and hand candy to children," Susan Brusk said. "That's a safety issue."

As grand marshals, she and her husband will ride in a convertible in the parade. As residents of Reynoldsburg for the past 45 years, they belong to several local organizations. Susan Brusk is a founding member of the Reynoldsburg Community Association, which began in 2007, and a member of Reynoldsburg Festivals Inc.

Norm Brusk is a member of the Reynoldsburg Lions Club and the Reynoldsburg/Pickerington Rotary. He has been the secretary of Central Ohio Crimestoppers for the past eight years.

Both are retired lawyers who operated a practice in Reynoldsburg for more than 23 years. While practicing law, they provided pro bono services to many community groups, including the Lions Club, Livingston House Society, the Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival and the Reynoldsburg Community Association.

"I was very honored and very surprised to be selected," Susan Brusk said.

Her husband was equally surprised.

"It was kind of shocking, actually, but I'm very pleased," he said. "I have to practice my parade wave. And if it doesn't rain, I do have a convertible lined up for us."

Mary Hudson, director of the Reynoldsburg Visitors Bureau, said she was on the committee that reviewed the nominations for grand marshal.

"There is absolutely no doubt that Susan and Norm are very deserving of serving as the grand marshals of this year's Fourth of July parade," she said.

Susan Brusk also was a founding member of the Reynoldsburg String Booster organization, which began in her living room.

The organization continues to serve students in Reynoldsburg schools who are string musicians.

"It is a privilege to congratulate and honor Mr. and Mrs. Brusk for their many years of selfless service to others in the Reynoldsburg area," Hudson said.

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