Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Happy Birthday, America!

You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness.  You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism. Erma Bombeck

Independence Day in Westerville is a great family-friendly tradition!

This year's schedule starts with a brisk morning run and ends with a bang.

Here's Westerville's Fourth of July activities:

7:00 a.m. Registration for the Westerville Rotary Walk/Run at Alum Creek Park North.

8:00 a.m. Westerville Rotary Walk/Run. For more information, click here.

9:15 a.m. Westerville Rotary Children's Run.

9:25 a.m. Westerville Rotary Walk/Run Awards Presentation

1:00 p.m. start the Rotary Club of Westerville presents the Parade. 

This year's theme: Celebrate the Gift of Freedom.

The parade route starts to the south at Heatherdown and S. State and heads north up State Street through Uptown Westerville ending at St. Paul Catholic Church.

Tips: This is a lengthy parade! (It can run between 2 and 3 hours!) So, you'll want to find a place to watch the parade near refreshments (like the DQ at 84 N. State) or bring a cooler and take steps to beat the heat. People set up chairs along the parade route early in the a.m. on the 4th.

9:00 p.m. Westerville Symphony Concert: Sounds of Freedom at the Sports Complex (N. Cleveland & W. County Line)

10:00 p.m. Fireworks! The launch point is Park Meadow and Schrock near Alum Creek South, but you can watch the fireworks from a distance from lots of places around the city, like N. Cleveland Ave. and W. County Line (where the symphony will perform).

Have a safe, happy Independence Day holiday. Happy Birthday, America!!!!

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