Before parade participants can make their way down Main Street, Reynoldsburg will celebrate America's independence with food trucks and fireworks.

Fireworks will be launched Wednesday, July 3, from Civic Park, 6800 Daugherty Drive. The rain date is July 4.

Gates will open at 6 p.m. with live music, inflatables and children's activities and a dozen food trucks and vendors.

Fireworks will be launched at 9:45 p.m. and last about 28 minutes.

"The city celebrates on July 3 because staffing the event on the Fourth of July was very challenging," said Donna Bauman, parks and recreation director.

"By holding our fireworks on July 3, it allows our employees time off with their families and holds our overtime expenses to a minimum."

City Council in April approved Pyrotecnico as the fireworks vendor, and the city will pay $29,500 for the show.

"Pyrotecnico has been launching and coordinating our show for the last 12 years. They will launch over 4,000 shells," Bauman said.

Civic Park will close at 11 p.m. July 2 for firework setup. The park will remain closed until 6 p.m. July 3, Bauman said.

The parade steps off at 10 a.m. July 4 from Rosehill Road, going east along East Main Street before ending at Huber Park on Davidson Drive, said Chuck Cochran, president of the Reynoldsburg Community Association.

About 60 entries are expected, including the Reynoldsburg High School marching band, several athletics teams and parade grand marshal, Mayor Brad McCloud.

A Reynoldsburg High School graduate, McCloud served on city council before running for mayor in 2007. He is not seeking re-election to the post he's held since 2008.

"We wanted to honor him and recognize him for all the dedication he's given to the city," Cochran said.

Before the parade, the RCA will hold a decorating contest. Expanded this year, the contest includes bikes, trikes, strollers and wagons, with individuals and families invited to enter. Cochran said prizes will be awarded to those 12 and younger.

The city's street department will begin closing portions of the route on the morning of the parade, Cochran said.

Also, the holiday will move the weekly trash collection day to July 5.

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