The volunteers who help keep the longstanding tradition of Clintonville's neighborhood Fourth of July celebration alive have done all they can, aside from crossing their fingers and hoping for good weather.
"Things are going great," said Addie Davis-Holsinger, secretary of the nonprofit Clintonville July Fourth Celebration Inc.
"It's coming along," added G. Scott Smith, president of the board. "We're raising money and putting it together. Hopefully, we're going to have a nice day."
For the sixth year, the Four on the 4th run and walk will be part of the day's festivities at 8 a.m. The 4-mile event, which starts at Whetstone High School, has become its own tradition for participants and the number registering has been growing steadily, Davis-Holsinger said.
The community breakfast in the Whetstone Park shelter house takes place from 7:30 to 11 a.m. July 4. Cost at the door is $10 for adults, $5 for children.
"This year we're going to have a pancake breakfast with pancakes and sausage, so we kind of changed that up a little bit," Davis-Holsinger said.
She said bagels, pastries and fruit also would be served.
The flag-raising ceremony, as ever, will take place at 9 a.m. behind the main shelter.
The schedule for the rest of the day's events, all the way through to the fireworks at 10 p.m., is available at tinyurl.com/clintonville4th.
Again this year, Melrose Pyrotechnics of Kingsbury, Indiana, will set off the fireworks, Smith said.
"It's one of the best there is," he said.
The Clintonville celebration of Independence Day, which was in danger of fading out of existence when the current team of volunteers took over 17 years ago, annually draws 20,000 or more people, Davis-Holsinger said.
"I think it's an amazing accomplishment," Smith said. "We didn't know it was going to be like this, this big. It is very unique for a neighborhood within a city to have a huge event that people come from all over the city to see.
"It's pretty rewarding to know that."
"It's a day to be enjoyed, not a day of hustle and bustle," Davis-Holsinger said. "It's a day people incorporate with their family and friends."