FAIRBORN — Fairborn is celebrating the birth of the nation by continuing the traditional two-day, back-to-back events. Kicking off the Fourth of July events is the block party, which is followed by the parade and closes out with a fireworks display.
Block party information and schedule:
The block party will take place Monday, July 3 along Main Street. Several musicians are slated to the the stage to provide entertainment after the American Legion Dignam-Whitmore Post 526 performs the opening ceremony. A number of vendors, food options and rides will also be available for entertainment. Local children can also compete for the title of Little Miss and Little Mr. Fairborn.
4 p.m.: Opening ceremony by the American Legion Post 526;
4:15-5: Fairborn Civic Band performs;
5:15-6:30: Forsaken (band) takes the stage;
6:15-7:30: Little Miss and Little Mr. Fairborn contest takes place at the Actor’s Theatre, 23 E. Main Street. (Registration opens at 5:15.)
7-8:15: Rock it 88 (band) entertains;
8:45-10 p.m.: Southbound (band) takes the stage.
The parade includes nearly 200 units and will start at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 4 at the Fairborn Plaza. It rolls down Central Avenue and concludes at Main and Broad Streets. Parade float participants are asked to avoid throwing candy into the street and instead allow walking parade participants to distribute candy away from the roadway to prevent children from running into parade traffic. Parents are also encouraged to keep their children from running into the street in order to retrieve the candy.
Fireworks celebration information and schedule:
The community-wide Fourth of July party will move to Community Park, 691 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Road, for additional live music and a fireworks display.
5-7 p.m.: Wild Mustaings (band) will perform;
7:30-9:45: Inside Out (band) entertains;
10-10:20 (approximately): Fireworks display.
Contact Whitney Vickers at 937-502-4532. Find her on Twitter by searching for @FDHWhitney.