For 2019 Dublin Independence Day Celebration grand marshal Bill Andrews, July Fourth in Dublin is not only a patriotic holiday but also an opportunity to celebrate the community and its members who want to give back what they've been given.
The 67-year-old Dublin resident, founder and president of Andrews Architects Inc., has done his share of giving back.
He served on Dublin's Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee and helped to found Boy Scout Troop 299 -- and served as Scoutmaster.
Andrews is a member of the Dublin AM Rotary Club and president-elect of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce Board of directors.
Dublin, Andrews said, is a welcoming community for volunteerism.
"I think that's the Dublin difference," he said.
Margie Amorose, executive director of the Dublin chamber, said Andrews has contributed to the Dublin community in so many ways that his nomination for Independence Day Celebration grand marshal just seemed obvious.
Amorose said she has known Andrews for more than 35 years and she and former Dublin Mayor Mike Close nominated him for grand-marshal honors.
She described Andrews as a gentleman -- kind and thoughtful -- who carefully considers what the right decision should be.
"That's invaluable in my world," she said.
Andrews and his wife, Cathy, and their two sons, Steve and Brian (now 44 and 41, respectively), moved to the city in the early 1980s.
He said he had been planning to build a solar home and when someone told him to consider Dublin, he took the advice.
He and his wife since have moved out of the solar home; they now live in Muirfield, Andrews said.
Through his volunteering, he was able to leave his mark on July 4 festivities, Andrews said. When he served on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, he said, a box arrived with plastic discs and instructions about how to use them with dogs.
That was how Andrews became a founding organizer of the July 4th canine disc competition, now known as the Skyhoundz Hyperflite Canine Frisbee Disc Championship.
Still, Andrews said, the fireworks and concerts are always a highlight.
This year, he plans to celebrate with friends and family. Both of his sons' families will attend, as well as his twin brother, Bruce, and Bruce's wife, Maureen, and his sister, Becky Welfley.
"It's a big family day," Andrews said.
This year's Independence Day Celebration features performances by Michael McDonald and Chaka Khan in the Dublin Coffman High School stadium.
At 8 a.m. the city will play host to its annual fishing derby at the Dublin Community Recreation Center, 5600 Post Road. At 11 a.m., the parade will step off from at Metro Place North. It will head north on Franz Road, east in Bridge Street (state Route 161) and south on High Street, concluding at South High and Waterford Drive.
Gates at the stadium will open at 4:30 p.m. for the evening celebration. Nashville-based songwriter Devon Gilfillian is scheduled to perform at 5:30 p.m.
Gilfillian performs original material as well as covers of songs such as Bill Withers' "Lean on Me," said Mary Jo DiSalvo, Dublin's event marketing administrator.
Khan will perform at 6:40 p.m., followed by McDonald at 8:25 p.m.
Between the two performances will be a presentation by Dublin City Council members and Andrews.
Fireworks will conclude the event beginning at 9:50 p.m.
Onfield tables with seating for 10 people cost $150. Those purchasing a table will be receive 10 reserved table wristbands, which must be worn by everyone 4 years old and older to permit access to the stadium and the field tables.
Dublin and Dublin City Schools residents can purchase stadium wristbands guaranteeing access to the event for $3 each at the rec center.
Wristbands will be sold during normal operating hours until 9:30 p.m. July 3 or while supplies last. Wristbands will be limited to eight per household. Proof of residency is required.
Unsold stadium wristbands will be available to residents and the general public on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10 a.m. July 4 at Coffman for $5.