While the COVID-19 pandemic has forced some cancellations and alterations to the festivities, the plans to celebrate July Fourth with the traditional parade and fireworks. The parade is still contingent on the State of Ohio lifting restrictions on activities of this type; the city will announce a final determination by July 1 through social media and electronic newsletters. But the plan is to go ahead if possible. “We’re tired of not having joy,” said Lynn Tetley.

This year’s parade theme is “We Have 2020 Vision,” and begins at 10 am; those wishing to participate should register at the gazebo at 400 beginning at 9 am before lining up along heading south. Participants can decorate their vehicles or march along. The route will lead west on Avenue, north on Springfield Pike, east on Wentworth Avenue, south on Burns Avenue, then east on to the finish. There will games, awards, and entertainment after the parade.

Naturally, safety is paramount for parade participants and spectators alike. Social distancing and state guidelines should be observed by all, and (unfortunately) candy should not be thrown. Use caution while watching the parade, especially along Springfield Pike.

Rozzi’s Famous will put on their iconic fireworks show starting at 9:45 pm, but this too has been adjusted for the circumstances. The fireworks will still be launched from Oak Park, but the park itself will remain closed to spectators, and there will be no band or festival activities. Instead, residents are encouraged to watch the show from their homes if possible. Those unable to see the show can take advantage of one of several viewing areas in open public spaces: the Village Green; North Park, north of the playground; Spring Valley Bank Parking Lot and the nearby tennis courts; and the turf field. At the field, patrons must enter through the ticket booth starting at 9:15 pm. No food or drinks are permitted, and again, social distance and masks are strongly encouraged.

There will be no parking shuttle provided for any of the viewing areas. Public parking lots and street parking are available by location.

For more information, contact Rachel Leininger, Director of Recreation and Citizen Engagement at 842-1359 or email rleininger@wyomingohio.gov.