Pickerington's Fourth of July festivities loom around the corner and city officials have plans in place to again make the nation's birthday party one to remember.

Pickerington's Fourth of July festivities loom around the corner and city officials have plans in place to again make the nation's birthday party one to remember.

A long parade, a sizzling fireworks display, live entertainment, games and food will be on the agenda in the heart of the city's Victory Park.

The free event, sponsored by the Pickerington Parks and Recreation Department, kicks off at 4 p.m. and runs to 11 p.m.

The annual Fourth of July Parade will step off at 6 p.m. from Pickerington High School Central and head north on Lockville Road, east on Columbus Street and south on Hill Road, ending at Ridgeview Junior High School.

Pickerington Mayor Lee Gray said members of the Division I State Champion Pickerington High School North baseball team have been chosen as grand marshals of the parade.

"They didn't have a chance to have a big celebration because school had ended," Gray said of the players.

He applauded the team's resilience and said he hopes people come out to the parade to cheer the team on one more time.

"I don't think anyone thought they were going to win it all," Gray said, "but they did what they had to do.

"It was fun to watch those boys, they played so hard. It says a lot about Pickerington," he said.

Parks and Recreation Director Rebecca Medinger said there will be the usual assortment of food choices in Victory Park, including ice cream, barbecue, funnel cakes, hamburgers, fries, lemonade and snow cones.

Columbus-based Sterling Fundways will provide the rides and games, Medinger said. She added the event is one area residents look forward to each year.

"It's a great event to bring the community together.

"They celebrate the importance of the holiday with family and friends."

The Parrots of the Caribbean, a popular Jimmy Buffet tribute band, will be the musical headliner.

The band will perform on Victory Park's main stage from 8 to 10 p.m. with fireworks following thereafter.

Medinger said the city is still accepting applications for entrants in the parade. Those wishing to participate can obtain an application online at pickerington.net

For those seeking to volunteer for the parade, contact the Pickerington Parks and Recreation Department at 614-833-2211.

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