The traditional trappings of July Fourth will unite with Delaware's unique touch this week as the city celebrates the holiday.

Delaware will mark Independence Day with a parade and fireworks, flanking a patriotic concert by the Central Ohio Symphony.

The parade will step off at 3 p.m. from the Delaware County Fairgrounds, head east on Pennsylvania Avenue and turn south on Sandusky Street, then move east on Wilmer Street, ending at Ohio Wesleyan University's Selby Stadium on Henry Street.

The Central Ohio Symphony's 34th annual concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Phillips Glen on OWU's main campus.

Fireworks are scheduled for 10 p.m., visible from the Ohio Wesleyan athletic fields and parking lots along Henry Street, between Wilmer Street and Olentangy Avenue.

For the third year, the local group Citizens for the 4th will stage the parade.

One of the organizers, Erik Boeriu, said parade units are invited to register at the fairgrounds' Coliseum Building starting at 1 p.m., when pre-registered units will check in.

It's also not too late for units to register at osuthompson.wixsite.com/july4th, he said.

"We're always looking for local businesses to be in the parade," he said. "We just want people to participate."

Citizens for the 4th is an all-volunteer group, Boeriu said, which covers the cost of insurance, T-shirts for volunteers, water for parade participants and the fee to use the fairgrounds.

"It costs a couple of thousand dollars," he said.

He credited Genti Koci, proprietor of Opa Grill and Tavern, 18 S. Sandusky St., for holding four events to raise money for the parade.

"He's the main reason we can afford to hold the parade, because it costs so much," Boeriu said.

This year will be the Central Ohio Symphony's 34th July Fourth concert, said Warren W. Hyer, symphony executive director.

Conductor Jaime Morales-Matos will direct the orchestra at Phillips Glen outside Phillips Hall on the OWU campus.

For the first time, the Delaware Community Chorus, directed by Joshua Broadbeck, will join the orchestra onstage for a program of patriotic music and tunes from film and Broadway.

"We invited the chorus to sing with us this year to bring some additional interest to the program," Hyer said. "They will sing the Peter Wilhousky arrangement of 'Battle Hymn of the Republic,' which is the one made famous by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

"In addition, they will sing the five service songs during 'Armed Forces Salute,' which we play each year in recognition of veterans and active service personnel."

The chorus also will sing the choral part of the concert's finale, Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture," which, as always, will include theater-cannon blasts.

Delaware Area Career Center Superintendent Mary Beth Freeman will serve as the concert's host.

"We are very pleased to have Mary Beth Freeman host our concert this year, given the enormous positive presence the career center brings to Delaware County students, especially on the eve of opening their impressive new campus this coming school year," Hyer said.

The orchestra will perform works that tie into the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing and the 75th anniversary of D-Day in France during World War II.

"Our musicians and our board and staff always look forward to this event," said Hyer. "This concert is our favorite way to thank the community for the strong support it has always given us."

He said the concert has attracted crowds ranging from 6,000 to 8,000 in recent years.

Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic and chairs or a blanket.

Lawn seating is free. The symphony also provides limited chair seating in front of the stage for $6.

Tickets are available at the symphony office, 24 E. Winter St., and at the concert. Tickets also may be purchased for $6.50 at centralohiosymphony. org.

Delaware leaders said an estimated 30,000 people are expected downtown during the half-hour fireworks display, which will begin immediately following the concert.

Like the parade, the fireworks are funded via community donations; sponsors also help stage the Central Ohio Symphony concert.

"I want to thank all of our wonderful local partners for their generous support and sponsorship, and for once again making this year's fireworks display possible," Mayor Carolyn Kay Riggle said in a press release.

Byers Auto Group, Meijer and OhioHealth are the main sponsors, the city said. Others supporting the show with donations are JEGS Automotive, the Delaware Fraternal Order of Eagles, American Structurepoint, CT Consultants, Scioto Energy, PPG and First Commonwealth Bank.

The City of Delaware Community Fund for fireworks accepts donations at any time, city leaders said. Tax-deductible contributions can be made to the fund, in care of the Delaware County Foundation, 3954 N. Hampton Drive, Powell 43065.

Concert sponsors are Willow Brook Christian Communities, Zangmeister Cancer Center, Mount Carmel Health and the Ohio Arts Council.

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