This year, Dublin will ring in Independence Day with some pop-country twang.
Headlining the July Fourth entertainment lineup will be Sheryl Crow, known for hits such as "All I Wanna Do," "Soak Up the Sun," and "The First Cut is the Deepest."
Crow's singles have appeared on the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Top 40, Adult Contemporary, Mainstream Top 40 and Hot Country Songs charts.
Crow, along with Columbus band Doc Robinson, will perform Wednesday, July 4, in the Coffman High School stadium during Dublin's annual music and fireworks show that marks the end of a day filled with events.
Dublin events administrator Mary Jo DiSalvo said residents have shown overwhelming enthusiasm in response to news of Crow's scheduled performance.
The city sold out the on-field tables for the event in record time, she said.
"People are totally thrilled," she said.
In addition to Doc Robinson and Crow, two Coffman students will lend their voices to the night's entertainment.
Joelle Odoguardi and Casey Belding will perform the national anthem.
"That will be fun to have those two young ladies," DiSalvo said.
Stadium gates will open at 4:30 p.m. The fireworks show is scheduled to launch at 9:50 p.m. A musical soundtrack that is synchronized to the fireworks will be played in the stadium and also broadcast by WSNY radio (94.7 FM).
Everyone 4 years old and older will need a stadium wristband or a reserved-table wristband to be admitted to the stadium.
Dublin event specialist Sara O'Malley said the city is expecting larger crowds than usual because the holiday falls mid-week.
Last year, 17,500 people attended the parade and 32,500 people attended the evening celebration, either inside the stadium or outside on the surrounding grounds, DiSalvo said.
Full day of events
Kicking off the day will be the Sharm Sheldon Fishing Derby at 8 a.m. at the pond at the Dublin Community Recreation Center, 5600 Post Rd.
The large balloons that will be part of the parade will be inflated beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Graeter's Ice Cream, 6255 Frantz Rd.
The parade will step off at 11 a.m. from Metro Center. It will go north on Frantz Road, east on Bridge Street (state Route 161) and south on South High Street. Bridge Street will be closed between Dale Drive and the Frantz Road/Post Road intersection from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
The parade will feature about 100 units and will debut a new balloon.
Regular attendees of the parade might be familiar with a red star in the parade.
The one that will be debuting this year will measure 13 feet by 13 feet and will be outfitted with the city logo, DiSalvo said.
Presiding over the parade will be combat veteran Master Sgt. Sean Clifton, a retired Green Beret who spent more than 22 years in the military.
Clifton's distinguished military career is marked with numerous citations and commendations
The ThisWeek Dublin Villager is a sponsor of the annual Independence Day Celebration as well as the other community celebrations and events in Dublin.
More information about July Fourth events can be found at dublinohiousa.gov.