ASHLAND - Though the popular fireworks show at Charles Mill Lake Park has been postponed due to flooding, there are still plenty of other patriotic happenings planned throughout Ashland County this Independence Day.
Fireworks, a patriotic concert in the park and a children's parade downtown are among the highlights.
Festivities kick off with Balloonfest June 27-29 and continue throughout Independence Day week and into the following weekend.
Ashland Symphony Orchestra's annual Pops in the Park concert will be 8 p.m. Sunday, June 30 at Myers Memorial Band Shell at Brookside Park. The free concert will feature the Ashland Area Chorus and Battery D, 1st Ohio Light Artillery.
On July 4, families can enjoy Ashland Main Street and Substance Church's Push 'Em Pull 'Em Parade beginning at 10 a.m. on South Street. The parade route goes from South Street to Center Street, to College Avenue, to Chestnut Street, to Luther Street and back to South Street.
Parade participation is free and open to any child, but kids age six and under must be accompanied by an adult. No motorized vehicles are allowed in the parade and participants are encouraged to wear patriotic costumes and to decorate their bikes, scooters or wagons. An award will be given for the child with the most patriotic attire, and there will be awards in two age categories for the best decorated bike, scooter, tricycle or wagon. All participants will receive a commemorative button.
The annual Rotary Club of Ashland community fireworks display begins at dusk, around 9:45 p.m., July 4. Fireworks will be set off from Ashland High School's Community Stadium. The stadium opens to the public at 5 p.m. Journey cover band "Majestic: A Tribute To Journey" will perform at 7 p.m.
Fireworks will begin at dusk July 6 at Riverside Park in Loudonville. This year's show will be presented by Zambelli Fireworks.
Earlier that day is Loudonville's Annual Car Show, which features more than 500 cars and runs 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. downtown. This award-winning car show is known to shut down the streets of downtown Loudonville and the area with spectators. An antique festival will be held simultaneously at Central Park.
The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District's annual Independence Day fireworks show at Charles Mill Lake Park has been rescheduled for Saturday, Aug. 31 due to high water levels that have impacted recreational boating and camping.
Charles Mill Lake remains several feet over summer pool, which causes hazards in and under the water. Public launch ramps remain closed, and many campsites in the park are still under water or are too muddy to be usable, according to a news release on the park's website.
“Many park guests and residents around Charles Mill Lake enjoy viewing the fireworks display on their boat. Currently, too much debris remains in the water, and boat traffic is not passable under the bridge on the lake,” Park Manager Steve Rice said in the release. “Based on current outflow at the dam and an unpredictable weather forecast, we have decided to reschedule the fireworks, providing ample notice to our guests. Our primary concern is boater safety.”