The New Albany Community Events committee is getting ready for this year's Fourth of July celebration.

The New Albany Community Events committee is getting ready for this year's Fourth of July celebration.

This year's Independence Day Celebration will start with the annual parade at 11 a.m., rolling from New Albany Middle School and progressing through the village center and back to NAMS.

Jodi Boals, NACE vice president and parade co-chair, said the parade is a staple of the community's celebration.

"There are a few new parade entities that are different," she said. "There will be miniature horses in the parade."

She said the New Albany High School marching band and the Buckeye brass band will perform.

Nationwide Children's Hospital also is sponsoring the annual children's bike parade.

"This is my seventh year putting on the parade," Boals said. "I think what I am most excited about is that I am just so grateful, more than excited, that we are able to put this parade on every year."

This year's grand marshal is Glyde Marsh, longtime New Albany resident and village council member.

"In the beginning of the year, we brainstormed, and we through in some names and discussed people that make an impact in New Albany," Boals said. "We look at people that have done stuff that makes them stand out or makes them special, and Dr. Glyde Marsh is one of those people."

NACE president Ron Kendle said evening events would start at 6 p.m. at the New Albany High School commons, off of Fodor Road. He said the event would feature live music, food and activities for children.

Kendle said the Rea-ganomics would perform starting at 7 p.m.

The band focuses on dance and party music from the 1980s.

Bellacinos Pizza and Grinders, Route 62 Barbecue, Roosters and Rusty Bucket plan to have a presence at the event.

"There are more vendors this year," Kendle said. "We are also expecting more people this year."

He said the fireworks would start at 10 p.m. and would be set from Swickard Woods.

The NAHS stadium will be open for residents to watch the fireworks.

Kendle said the entire celebration should be larger than in years past.

"A lot of people are staying around New Albany for vacations, and it has always been a hit," Kendle said. "With the economy the way it is, more people are taking advantage of the free events."

He said the only thing residents would have to pay for would be food, but people could bring picnics.

Boals said she's proud that the community could have such a great free event.

"So many communities have had to cut their Fourth of July parade because of budget problems," she said. "I just like the immortality of our celebration. ... It's just such a wonderful community event that we are able to continue rather than cut."