Hilliard's 4th of July parade will have a later start than usual and take a slightly different route this year.

Hilliard's 4th of July parade will have a later start than usual and take a slightly different route this year.

The parade will start at 2 p.m. since the 4th falls on a Sunday, said Beth Simon, Recreation Supervisor, Hilliard Recreation and Parks Department. If the holiday was any other day of the week, the parade would begin at 10 a.m.

"There is a new parade route this year with the road work being done," Simon said. The parade departs from the Franklin County Fairgrounds, proceeds west (left) on Main Street, proceeds south (left) on Norwich, east (left) on Cemetery and concludes in the Kroger Plaza.

"Normally when they come down Norwich, they would turn right on Cemetery, and then the parade would go down Scioto Darby and finish up near the (Municipal) park," Simon said.

Hilliard resident Jerry Baum has coordinated the parade for 48 years. "It's a pretty good parade for a small town," he said. He likes to see the growing number of people and kids along the route having a good time.

Baum said the parade has had over 100 entries, including floats, antique cars, marching bands, horses, assorted organizations, and even an Elvis impersonator. You too can join the parade if you call Baum before 1 p.m. Sunday (when they assemble) at 614-937-5330.

Bringing up the rear will be Baum and parade committee members in their golf carts, followed by a police cruiser, "to keep people off our back."

The parade, whose theme is "Bringing the World to Peace," will be held rain or shine.

"We've been rained on, but we've never been rained out," Baum said. "Last year it started raining, but as soon as we stepped out, the good Lord stopped the rain."

Of course, every parade needs a grand marshal, and this year's is Keith McDowell, former Norwich Township Fire Chief.

"I've been in the parade a lot of times, but not in that capacity," McDowell said. "It was quite a surprise and quite a thrill."

McDowell, a lifelong Hilliard resident who worked for the fire department a total of 41 years, was selected grand marshal mainly because of his charitable work, Baum said.

Following the parade and starting at 3 p.m., the Roger A. Rey-nolds Municipal Park will be the site of games, carnival rides and food vendors. The country band Jacked Up will perform starting at 6:15 p.m., along with magician and Cash Explosion host David McCreary. The pool will also be open until 9 p.m. At 7 p.m., parade awards for best float and other categories will be handed out in the amphitheatre.

The fireworks will go off at 9:45 p.m. in the park. "It's going to be pretty comparable to the last couple years," Phil Schroeder, assistant director of recreation and parks said of the fireworks. "It's about a 20-25-minute display, with a big finale at the end. Probably the best place to watch is the amphitheatre hill in the Municipal Park, and that'll be the most crowded area. Pretty much anywhere in the park, you'll get a good view of them."