MIAMI COUNTY — While social distancing and other precautions against the coronavirus will be in place, cities around Mimai County will offer events for residents to enjoy the Fourth of July as a community.
On June 23, Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted said fireworks displays can proceed, but large gatherings are still prohibited. He encouraged community members to find ways to celebrate the Fourth of July in small groups such as by watching fireworks from their porches, backyards or cars.
Plans in place for this Saturday in the county include
TROY — Troy residents will enjoy a variety of entertainment and events this Independence Day, including a parade, concert at Treasure Island Park, and fireworks scheduled for July 4.
There will be a parade on July 4 starting at 9 a.m. with the theme “Keeping America Safe,” honoring veterans and those who have helped fight the coronavirus, organized by the Miami Valley Veterans Museum and Independence Day Celebration Association.
The route starts at the Hobart Arena parking lot at 9 a.m. and proceeds to Staunton Road, right on to North Market Street. All units will then continue south across the Market Street Bridge, and clockwise around the Public Square allowing viewing sites to be utilized from all four quadrants of the Public Square and allowing social distancing. The parade will then proceed down West Main Street to the Troy-Miami County Public Library and ending at the Hobart Center for County Government. Most participants will then walk or drive back to Hobart Arena.
Special participants will be the 2nd Cavalry Brigade Band and the Troy Christian High School band. Classic automobiles and floats will carry special honorees, with this year being a special tribute to Korean War veterans. A horse drill team, The Right Stuff marchers from St. Paris, plus Mickey, Minnie and Uncle Sam will entertain attendees.
For those not comfortable attending a public event, Indian Nation Television Station has agreed to later air the video of the parade on Channel 5, on Indian Nation Station YouTube, and a link on the Indian Nation Station Facebook. In addition, the Greenville High School Veterans Digital Library team will be on hand to record the parade.
The city of Troy and Troy Area Chamber of Commerce will later in the evening present a concert by Direct Energy at Treasure Island Park, beginning at 8 p.m. This Columbus-based “rock band with horns” re-creates legendary music from the ’70s and ’80s. Concert-goers will enjoy the music of such artists as Chicago, Foreigner, the Eagles, Toto, and Joe Cocker.
Food truck vendors will be on-site before the concert begins.
The annual fireworks display will be held on July 4 starting at approximately 10 p.m. with funding assistance from The Troy Foundation and the Concord Township Trustees towards the cost of the fireworks.
North Market Street will be closed from Water Street to Staunton Road from 9 p.m. until the fireworks are over and the crowd has dispersed at approximately 10:45 p.m. The bike path will be closed east from the Troy Senior Citizens Center and at Rutherford Drive starting at noon July 4 until the fireworks are over.
The Market Street Bridge, both sides and the top of the levee, and the seating area at the North Market Street ball field are all excellent locations to see the fireworks.
• Tipp City
The Tipp City fireworks display will be at 10 p.m. July 4 in Kyle Park on South First Street.
Food trucks will be present beginning at 7 p.m. and organizers recommend that everyone wears face coverings and maintain social distancing by staying at least 6 feet from others.
If you’re sick, organizers ask that you do not attend, and ask that residents follow good hygiene practices.
The Piqua Civic Band will kicks off its season at 3 p.m. July 4 with “American Heritage.” Dr. David Sievers, professor of vocal music at The University of Dayton, will be the band’s guest vocalist for the afternoon.
The concert will be held in Fountain Park’s Hance Pavilion.
The city of Piqua has canceled its annual 4th Fest and postponed its Fourth of July fireworks display until later in the year due to the state of Ohio’s ban on mass gatherings still being in effect and social distancing limitations.
City officials believe this is the right thing to do to abide by the state guidelines during COVID-19 and to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the Piqua community, visitors, and staff members. Other cities that have canceled or postponed include, but are not limited to, Fairborn, Dayton, Centerville, Vandalia, Moraine, Franklin, Kettering, Englewood, Columbus, and Preble County.
The city encourages the community who will gather with family and friends on private property to follow the social distancing guidelines provided by the state of Ohio that can be found at coronavirus.ohio.gov.
The postponed date is still to be determined, and the city of Piqua will make an announcement as soon as arrangements are made and restrictions are lifted.
• West Milton
The West Milton Fourth of July activities have been postponed to Labor Day, Sept. 7. The plans at this time are for a parade, a special activity in the park (to be announced) and evening fireworks.