FAIRBORN — In just one week, Fairborn’s night sky across Community Park will light up with colorful bursts, celebrating the nation’s independence, and drawing “oohs” and “ahs” from onlookers.
But not before the community first hosts its additional Fourth of July traditional events.
The community-wide Fourth of July block party officially kicks off 4 p.m. Monday, July 3 down Main Street with the American Legion Dignam-Whitmore Post 526 hosting the opening ceremony. The Fairborn Civic Band will take the stage from 4:15-5 p.m., followed by Foresaken beginning at 5:15-6:30 p.m. Attendees will feel nostalgic upon Rock it 88 providing entertainment beginning at 7-8:15 p.m. Greene-County native performers Southbound will close the show from 8:45-10 p.m.
Meanwhile, the annual Little Miss and Little Mr. contest is slated for 6:15-7:30 at the Fairborn Actor’s Theatre, 23 E. Main St. The block party will also include vendors, food options and entertainment for all ages.
Fairborn’s 70th-Annual Fourth of July Parade is slated for 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 4 — rain or shine. The parade starts at the Fairborn Plaza parking lot near Mary Help of Christians church, rolls down Central Avenue, and ends at Main and Broad Streets.
Long-time Fairborn citizen and WWII veteran Ed Malan will serve as the Co-Grand Marshall, as well as immediate past commander of the American Legion Dignam-Whitmore Post 526 Chuck Knaub.
Parade judging will be based upon a number of factors, with respective judges in each category, such as marching, float and equine. Judges include Ann Foster and Clint Allen, who will examine marching; Terri Lynn Perkins, Caitlin and Richard Winters, who will judge floats and Paul Mahan, who will look over equine.
The party will continue July 4 at Community Park beginning at 5 p.m., when Wild Mustaings take the stage until 7 p.m. Inside Out will continue the entertainment from 7:30-9:45 p.m. just before the fireworks light up the sky from 10-10:20 p.m.
Contact Whitney Vickers at 937-502-4532. To follow her on Twitter, search for @FDHWhitney.