Almost every community has some kind of Independence Day celebration, but Westerville’s is one of the biggest! From the Rotary Run-Walk in the morning to the fantastic parade in the afternoon, to the Symphony Concert and Fireworks at night, it is a day that sets Westerville apart and causes the hearts of residents to swell with pride.

Here’s something else that sets Westerville apart from many other communities: We have a City Manager form of Government. Yes, we have a Mayor (Kathy Cocuzzi,) who is the head of our non-partisan, at-large-elected City Council. But the head of our local government is our City Manager (David Collinsworth.)

This form of Government is more prevalent in other areas of the country and in other areas of Ohio, but Westerville was the first village in Ohio to adopt the Council/Manager system. You can read more about it here.

During this long holiday weekend as you enjoy your family barbeques the parade, the concerts and the fireworks, you can share a few new tidbits of information about Westerville. You’re welcome! 😉

Have a fun and safe 4th of July!

Rotary Run/Walk & Children’s Fun Run
Alum Creek Park North, 221 W. Main St.
6:30 a.m.  Registration begins for Rotary Run/Walk and the Children’s Fun Run
8 a.m. Rotary 5K Run/Walk
9:15 a.m.  Rotary Children’s Fun Run
9:25 a.m.  Awards Ceremony

Parade (1 p.m.)
St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 313 N. State St. to Electric Ave.
The Parade will begin at the intersection of N. State Street and Old County Line Road. It will then proceed south on State Street to Electric Avenue, then east on Electric Avenue to Westerville South High School.

Live Music, Food Trucks and Family Fun (2 p.m. – dusk)
Westerville South High School (WSHS), 303 S. Otterbein Ave.
Please note posted parking restrictions in the area surrounding WSHS for emergency vehicle and neighborhood access.

Fireworks (Dusk)
Fireworks will simulcast with 104.9 The River.

Fireworks will be set off from Alum Creek South Park and will be easily seen from WSHS. Concert-goers staying for fireworks at WSHS should bring chairs/blankets.

Other popular viewing areas include the Westerville Square Shopping Center and the Alum Creek South Park area.

For timing updates, follow the City of Westerville Twitter account: @tellwesterville. All events are sponsored by the Rotary Club of Westerville.

Comments (10)

  • Bob Fisher

    Wondering who to get in contact with about possibility of volunteering at the 4th of July parade?

    • Glenda Mihaly

      I have passed your information along to the Rotary Club of Westerville. Someone should be in contact with your soon.

  • Kevin

    Can the fireworks be seen from the sports complex?

    • Glenda Mihaly

      The fireworks are discharged from Alum Creek Park South off of Schrock Rd. The Rotary tells us the best place to see the fireworks is Westerville South High School. We’ve heard other good place to watch are the shopping plazas at Scrock and State St. 🙂

  • Michael Eischen

    Can you see the 4th of July fireworks from St. Ann’s Hospital at the corner of W. Schrock & Cooper Rd.?
    Thank You.

    • Glenda Mihaly

      The fireworks are discharged from Alum Creek Park South just off off Schrock, so depending on the height of the trees, you should be able to see them from there. 🙂

  • Megan

    Is the symphony playing on the 4th and where is their concert?

  • Andi

    I have friends who want to come to the Westerville South activities to see the bands on the 4th but want to know how far their father would have to walk, is there ample handicapped parking, are there accessible restrooms, where is the stage set up for the bands, is all seating in the stadium, etc. Can you help?

    • Glenda Mihaly

      Here’s what the Rotary Club of Westerville, July 4th Committee told us:
      You can park in the handicap parking area in the VIP Red Lot between Blendon MS & South HS (North end) off Otterbein Avenue. We have golf carts that will take you to the infield and you will need to let the attendant know that you need a ride.

      The stage is at the North end of the field and the food trucks will be on the North end as well. We have Porta John’s available as well as restrooms located inside the football stadium.

      Please come and bring your own chairs, enjoy the evening and the fireworks display!

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