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The annual Independence Day festivities will take place Thursday, July 4.

The annual Independence Day festivities will take place Thursday, July 4.

Fourth of July events slated

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The annual Independence Day celebrations will begin on Thursday, July 4, with a parade through downtown Yellow Springs. The parade will begin at 3 p.m., departing from the Friends Care parking lot, and traveling down Xenia Avenue. Those planning to participate in the parade are asked to line up at Friends Care at 2:15 p.m.

In the evening, the annual fireworks display will begin at Gaunt Park at dusk. The Community Band will play at 8 p.m. in the park before the fireworks, entertaining the crowd with a selection of music by Alfred Reed, Sousa, Dizzy Gillespie and a set in commemoration of D-Day. In the event of rain, the band will play at First Presbyterian Church.

Donations will be collected by the Odd Fellows to help pay for the roughly $7,700 cost of the fireworks; community members may also donate in advance via mail at Odd Fellows Fireworks Fund, 261 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs, OH, 45387. For more information, contact Megan Robinow at 937-269-2807 or by email at emma.robinow@gmail.com

The Yellow Springs News will be closed on Thursday in observance of the holiday. Because the U.S. Postal Service will be closed that day as well, all YS News subscribers will receive their paper in mailboxes on Friday, July 5. The paper will be available on newsstands on Thursday morning.


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