By Gary Budzak
An estimated 20,000 people are expected to see the City of Delaware’s fireworks show at 10 p.m. on July 4.
The $25,000 cost for the fireworks was funded through donations by the Byers Auto Group, CT Consultants, Delaware County Bank and Trust, Delaware Fraternal Order of Eagles, JEG’s Automotive, Meijer, Ohio Health, Ohio Machine, PPG and Scioto Energy.
“Delaware is fortunate to have so many great companies step up to keep the annual Fourth of July fireworks show one of our most cherished civic traditions,” Mayor Carolyn Kay Riggle said in a statement. “This is a great example of what can happen when we all pull together.”
In Delaware, the day will start with a Fourth of July parade at 11 a.m. The parade is sponsored by the Delaware County Farm Bureau. There will be an Ohio Machine professional lacrosse game versus the champion Chesapeake Bayhawks at 4 p.m., and those who buy tickets can watch the fireworks later from Selby Stadium.
From 6 to 9 p.m., it will be a First Friday, and Main Street Delaware will hold its fourth annual “Chalk it Up!” downtown sidewalk chalk art competition. For more information, visit www.mainstreetdelaware.com.
The Central Ohio Symphony will perform its annual Fourth of July concert at 7:30 p.m. at Ohio Wesleyan University’s Phillips Glen. The concert features the premiere of Declaration, a narrated piece that draws from the Declaration of Independence. For more information, visit www.centralohiosymphony.org.
In addition to the Delaware events, here are some other July 4 highlights in selected communities, according to fireworksinohio.com and other websites:
• The Olentangy Beach Bash will be held at Alum Creek State Park. The Websters will perform from 7 to 9:30 p.m., with fireworks expected to go off at 9:45 p.m.
• In Ostrander, there will be a parade at 10 a.m. and singer Jim Gray will perform standards at the shelter house at 1 and 3 p.m. The fireworks will take place at dusk.
• In Sunbury, there will be a 5K walk/run at 8 a.m.; parade at 10 a.m.; the Antiques/Arts and Crafts Fair at 11 a.m.; entertainment and bounce houses at 6 p.m. at Big Walnut High School; with fireworks at 10 p.m.
• Dublin’s fireworks will take place at 9:50 p.m. at Coffman Football Stadium.
• Westerville’s fireworks will start at 10 p.m. from Alum Creek Park South.
• Worthington’s fireworks will start at 10 p.m. from Thomas Worthington High School.
• Columbus’ annual Red, White and Boom! takes place on July 3 at 10 p.m. near Veterans Memorial.
Gary Budzak may be reached at 740-413-0904 or on Twitter @GaryBudzak.