Friday, July 1, 2016

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Westerville's 2016 Independence Day: Friends, Fireworks and Freedom

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]

Happy Birthday America!

Here's what's up in Westerville:

Westerville Rotary presents Friends, Fireworks and Freedom:

First, PARADE ROUTE CHANGE! Just like the old small town USA Pepsi commercial, the parade starts at St. Paul's and heads SOUTH on State Street to Electric Avenue. (A direction change and shortened route due to the construction on S. State.)

8:00 a.m.: Westerville Rotary July 4th Walk-Run. There is a children's run at 9:15 a.m. Early same-day registration @ 6:45 a.m. Alum Creek Park North, 225 W. Main.

More info and links:

This run honors Westerville's Agnes Meyer Driscoll. If you don't know about her, you should. She was a cryptologist and played a crucial role in breaking unbreakable codes, during World War II.

1:00 p.m.: Parade!! The parade route runs south on State Street from St. Paul's to Electric Avenue.

Bring canned and boxed food items for the WARM (Westerville Area Resource Ministry) Community Food Drive, which will be collected along the route. Visit for a list of needed items.

3:00 p.m.: Food, Fun, and Music at Westerville South High School (303 S. Otterbein Ave.)

3:00 -10:00 p.m. Food trucks and carts!
3:30 p.m.: Westerville Symphony
5:00 p.m.: Musician John Reichle
6:15 p.m.: Hurricane Jerry & the Stormfront
8:00 p.m:. McGuffey Lane

The road to success is dotted by many tempting parking spaces. [Will Rogers]

Like the market space, Westerville South is located in a residential neighborhood. Please note posted parking restrictions in the area surrounding Westerville South High School for emergency vehicle and neighborhood access.

Note: Due to construction, the intersection @ E. Walnut and Otterbein Ave. has a lot going on - eastbound E. Walnut is closed east of Otterbein, as is E. Park St.; lanes can be restricted, and northbound Otterbein features a trench-style depression in the road surface just before the intersection.

10:00 p.m. Boy Howdy! Fireworks!!!

Fireworks are launched from Alum Creek Park South near Park Meadow Road and Schrock Road, and can be seen from multiple locations around the City.

The fireworks display will be simulcast with 104.9 The River. For timing updates, follow the City of Westerville Twitter account: @tellwesterville.

Huge shout out to Rotary Club of Westerville! Learn more:

Here is a link to the parade route:

Details from the City of Westerville:

Have a safe, happy Independence Day weekend!

Thanks to Steven White and J-Pops for great Bomb Pop Photograph!

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