It’s no secret that Upper Arlington knows how to put on an incredible Independence Day celebration. After a modified celebration in 2020, the community’s Fourth of July traditions are back. The parade begins at 9 am, heading south on Northwest Boulevard from Kingsdale down to North Star Road. Doors open for Party in the Park at 5 pm at Northam Park, featuring The Conspiracy Band and culminating in a fireworks display at approximately 10 pm.
As you think ahead to how you and your family will be celebrating Independence Day this year, we urge you to be mindful of COVID-19 health and safety considerations. For family members who are not yet vaccinated, it’s advisable that they wear a face mask when attending the parade or evening festival. Be sure to practice social distancing, keeping to your family/group. And if anyone feels unwell or has an elevated temperature, please stay home.
Planning and staging events like these is no small feat and it all happens thanks to the volunteer efforts of UA Civic Association. This year’s coordinators are:
- Event Chairs Stacy and Brandon McIntire
- Parade Chairs Sam and Sandi Porter
- Float Chairs Michelle and Steve Gdovin
- Judging Chairs Susie and George Pattison
- Fireworks coordinator Bill Hall
- UACA President Brian Noble
When these “Fourth of July” teams first take on the role of Judging Chairs, they are committing to a four-year cycle of increasing responsibilities, ending as Chairs for the entire day. UA is fortunate to have residents willing to undertake the planning and logistics involved in enriching our community in this way.
We also have City employees who are indispensable in the day’s events:
- Police Division—security, traffic
- Fire Division—safety, fireworks, first aid
- Parks & Forestry—assistance with event setup and breakdown
- Public Works—placement of barricades, banners and signage
- Electrical—power and lighting assistance
- Community Affairs—event liaison
As you enjoy what will certainly be a fantastic celebration, please give our City workers and UACA volunteers a word of thanks.