Dublin has a whole lot of fun planned for the Fourth of July.

Join your neighbors at Sunday’s at Scioto on Sunday, July 3rd for an evening of free music courtesy of the Dublin Arts Council. Starting at 7 p.m. in Scioto Park, the entertainment will be “Swing’s the Thing” a 16 piece big-band group that features classic sounds as well as current hits. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets for a great night outdoors.

The fun doesn’t stop on Monday, July 4th! The day begins with the Sherm Sheldon Fishing Derby at 8 a.m. in front of the Dublin Recreation Center in the pond. Cast away and win prizes for the largest fish and enjoy spending time with your family! Parking is free and easy in the lot adjacent.

The Independence Day Parade steps off at 11 a.m. from Metro Center Business Park (Corner of Frantz Road and 161) and continues down 161, turning right onto South High Street into the Historic District. Parking is plentiful – but arrive early for the easiest spots. Try parking in the Kroger Dublin Plaza, beside Sells Middle School, behind the Dublin Library/Indian Run Elementary or across the river at Scioto Plaza. High School Marching bands, neighborhood floats, children’s bike brigade, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and great American fun celebrating our Nation’s Independence. The parade usually takes an hour and a half, but most of the businesses in the Historic District stay open later so you can stroll around and shop!

After the parade our family goes home for a rest so we can stay up late that night to see the fireworks!

Come over to the Dublin Coffman High School for the rest of the festivities (corner of Coffman Road and Emerald Parkway). Gates open at 4:30 and it is free admission to the stadium.  The SkyHoundz Hyperflite Canine Frisbee Competition will take place at 5 p.m. Local bands will play from 5-8 and Smokey Robinson will headline the evening starting at 8:15. He’ll play until 9:45 then the fireworks will go off at 9:50. Handicapped parking is available in the High School lot, general parking can be found in Coffman Park, the Dublin Recreation Center, Verizon Wireless and Cardinal Health. Classic American fare can be purchased at the concession stands.

Have a safe and fun 4th of July!