Hilliard’s Fourth of July celebration looks like it could be presented on a larger scale than in past years.

“Freedom Fest,” a new name for the city’s Independence Day event, will feature a “nationally known headlining act,” said Anna Subler, communications administrator for Hilliard, on Friday, May 3.

The act has not been named but will be "a nationally recognized country (music) performer," Hilliard Recreation and Parks director Ed Merritt said.

The city will announce the opening and headlining acts for Freedom Fest on Thursday, June 6, at a “Celebration at the Station” event at Hilliard’s Station Park, 4021 Main St., Subler said.

"Freedom Fest" will be held at Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park, 3800 Veterans Memorial Drive.

Activities already scheduled for July 4 include a parade beginning at 9 a.m., one hour earlier than previous years, starting at the Franklin County Fairgrounds, 4100 Columbia St., and ending at the Hilliard United Methodist Church, 5445 Scioto Darby Road.

Scheduled live music at Municipal Park includes bands from Bradley, Darby and Davidson high schools from 2:45 to 5 p.m.

Threat Level Midnight, a band comprising Hilliard City Schools alumni, will perform from 5:15 to 5:45 p.m.

The headlining artist is scheduled to perform 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. and from 8:15 to 9:45 p..m, leading into the annual fireworks display.



Event schedule

Below is the event schedule for Freedom Fest, which is July 4:

* Pool activities -- noon-6 p.m.

* Live music by student rock bands from Hilliard Bradley, Hilliard Darby and Hilliard Davidson high schools -- 2:45-5 p.m. (main stage)

* Live music by Hilliard alumni band Threat Level Midnight -- 5:15 - 5:45 p.m. (main stage)

* 20 food trucks -- 3-11 p.m.

* Kid Zone featuring SuperGames -- 5-9 p.m.

* Parade awards -- 6-6:15 p.m. (main stage)

* Live music by a nationally known opening act -- 6:15-7:30 p.m. (main stage)

* Live music by a nationally known headlining act -- 8:15-9:45 p.m. (main stage)

* Fireworks -- 9:50 p.m.