Independence Day parade this weekend

Fireworks Monday evening

By Lenny C. Lepola -

The village of Sunbury’s three-day weekend Bicentennial Bash and Independence Day celebration is this weekend, and there’s something for everyone.

Sunbury’s traditional Fourth of July parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 2. For parade information, go to the Sunbury/Big Walnut Chamber of Commerce website at

“Bikes & Trikes” participants should gather at the southwest corner of Granville and Columbus streets at 9:30 a.m. for judging and then enter the parade as it goes by. Dress in patriotic gear, decorate a bike or tricycle to match, and all “Bikes & Trikes” participants will receive a ribbon. There will be cash prizes for top winners — $25 for first place, $15 for second and $10 for third.

Members of the Big Walnut Youth Athletic Association will hold their annual “Punt, Pass and Kick” event immediately following the parade at JR Smith Park, and sign up players and cheerleaders for the 2016 BWYAA football season.

Saturday also includes the village’s Antiques, Arts & Crafts Fair on the Square from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

From 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 3, Sunbury’s Ministerial Association presents an “Old Fashioned Community Picnic on the Square.” Old-fashioned games begin at 6:30, with an “Outhouse Race” at 7, and live music at 7:30. Ministers from local fellowships will provide concessions.

Monday, July 4, features the 9 a.m. Freedom 5K Walk/Run, starting and ending on historic Sunbury Square, and the 17th annual Corey Lehman Memorial Volleyball Tournament at Big Walnut High School, also at 9 a.m. More information is available at

As Monday draws to a close, area residents will gather at Big Walnut High School for a community Independence Day party capped by Sunbury’s July 4 fireworks show. The fireworks display begins at about 10 p.m.
Fireworks Monday evening

By Lenny C. Lepola

Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093

Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093