On Friday, July 4, folks from all over the Big Walnut area will gather in Sunbury for the 2014 Sunbury Independence Day Celebration.
The day begins early, with the 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Flea Market on the Square. There will be a modest $1 flea market admission charge to help pay for community fireworks later in the evening; children under 10 are admitted free of charge.
New this year is the 2014 Big Walnut 5K Freedom Walk/Run. Registration begins at 7 a.m.; the race begins at 8 a.m. For additional information or to preregister online go to the Premier Races website at < premierraces.com/viewevent.asp?eventID=1088 >
At 9 a.m. the 15th Annual Memorial Volleyball Tournament gets underway at Big Walnut High School. The fundraising tournament is held in memory of Cory Lehman and Steve Morgenstern and in honor of Erin Smith.
At 9:30 a.m. children with decorated Bikes & Trikes gather at the southwest corner of Granville and Columbus Streets for judging and then enter the parade as it goes by.
Sunbury’s 10 a.m. Independence Day Parade, The American Journey, this year hosts a group of distinguished Korean War veterans as Grand Marshals; and the parade will feature more than 75 entries.
Just for children age 10 and under there will be a KidZone on the Square. The KidZone will feature free bounce house fun, fun frolics games and more. Adults must accompany children at all times; adults must pay the $1 square admission charge.
Following the parade at approximately 11 a.m. there will be a Football Skills Punt, Pass & Kick Contest at JR Smith Park hosted by members of the Big Walnut Youth Athletic Association. Sign-ups for the 2014 BWYAA football season will be held at the park just prior to the start of competition, and prizes will be awarded.
As always, late in the day activities move to Big Walnut High School for the 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sizzling July Fireworks Spectacular.
Event organizers remind drivers that community celebrations are pedestrian heavy events. They ask everyone to drive carefully to do their part to provide an accident-free Fourth of July.
Event organizers said fireworks sponsors are still needed to help enlarge and extend the fireworks display. For additional information about the Sunbury/Big Walnut Area Fourth of July Celebration, or to become a fireworks sponsor, contact the Sunbury/Big Walnut Area Chamber of Commerce at 740-965-2860.