The Fourth of July in Delaware will be celebrated with a parade, a free outdoor concert and of course fireworks.

Fourth of July in Delaware

The Fourth of July in Delaware will be celebrated with a parade, a free outdoor concert and of course fireworks.

The parade, sponsored by the Optimist Club of Delaware, will leave the Delaware County fairgrounds at 11:30 a.m. and wind its way through the downtown south to Wilmer Street. About 100 units plus marching bands are expected to participate, according to a press release issued by Delaware community affairs coordinator Lee Yoakum.

The Central Ohio Symphony's annual Fourth of July concert will begin at 8 p.m. in front of Ohio Wesleyan University's Phillips Hall. Music director Jaime Morales-Matos will conduct a program of all-American music, including the ever-popular "1812 Overture." The concert will conclude at 10 p.m. and will be followed by fireworks.

Fourth of July parking restrictions and street closures will be in effect for the Henry Street area.

No parking will be permitted on Henry Street from William Street to Olentangy Avenue from 7 a.m. until midnight.

Henry Street will be closed to through traffic from 4 p.m. until midnight from William Street to Wilmer Street. It will be closed to through traffic from 6 p.m. until midnight from Wilmer Street to Olentangy Avenue.

Access will be restricted to and from Henry Street living units after 6 p.m.

The bikeway bridge over U.S. 23 will be open before and after the fireworks show, but it will be closed during the show and will not be available as a viewing spot.

City offices will be closed on Friday, July 3, in observance of Independence Day. Refuse, recycling and yard waste collection will occur as scheduled on that day. For more information, call (740) 203-1810.

"Independents Day"to be celebrated

"Independents Day" will be celebrated July 3 during Main Street Delaware's First Friday event.

The evening will be a celebration of downtown Delaware's independent stores and restaurants. Many stores will be open late.

Fine Art, Food and Wine fundraiser

Visitors will get their first look at some of the custom handbags being created by local artists for auction Aug. 1 at Main Street Delaware's Fine Art, Food and Wine fundraiser.

Tickets to the Fine Art, Food and Wine event, $30 for singles and $50 for couples, will be available during the First Friday.

The fundraiser will be held at Ohio Wesleyan University's Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St.

Children who attend the First Friday event will receive free popsicles and the chance to play free sidewalk games, courtesy of William Street United Methodist Church.

Harmony in the Park music series

The 20th annual Harmony in the Park music series will begin Sunday, July 5, at the Delaware Bicentennial Park and will continue each Sunday evening through Sept. 1.

Each concert begins at 7 p.m. and lasts about an hour. The park is at the corner of Washington Street and Park Avenue.

The series is coordinated by the Ohio Heartland Sweet Adelines, in conjunction with Delaware Parks and Recreation. Local businesses and service organization offer financial support to the concerts, which are free to audience members.

Listeners are urged to bring chairs and blankets, quiet games and the family pet to each program.