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Up-Date: Because of demand, Loveland Independence Day parade route reversed

Liberty will ring out once again on Monday, July 4, as the City of Loveland celebrates America’s birthday in their Historic Downtown!

For as long as she can recollect, Loveland native Marilyn Schildmeyer remembers she and her family enjoying the 4th of July fireworks from their home and business along the Scenic Little Miami River.  Veteran Fire Chief Otto Huber vividly recalls a spectacular bicentennial celebration in 1976 led by then Mayor Roland Boike.  Whatever one’s special memory of 4th of July in Loveland entails, it is storied and cherished.  To continue this tradition the City of Loveland, with the help of many groups and volunteers, has planned another star-struck event this Independence Day (Monday, July, 4, 2016).

The community celebration will begin at 4 p.m. and wrap up at 11 p.m.  The festivities are located in Historic Downtown Loveland.  Back again this year is the Kid Zone featuring fun-filled children’s activities at Nisbet Park beginning at 4 p.m.  There will be face painting,  balloon artists, a magician, and bouncy house.  Disney characters will perform live on stage at the Nisbet Park Amphitheater at 4:00 p.m. followed by a Madcap Puppet performance at 5:45 p.m.

The Independence Day Parade will feature over 325 people and 60 vehicles along a one mile route starting at the Elementary School at 600 Loveland Madeira Road and end at the Moose Lodge at 227 E. Loveland Avenue. The parade will start at 7 p.m. Children are encouraged to decorate their bikes and help lead the parade. Go to www.lovelandoh.com to register for the parade.

To entertain the crowds, JD Music Band, led by Loveland’s own John Mestler, will perform in the Nisbet Park Amphitheater from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.  Local DJ Tim Leppert will spin his tunes near Plaid Room Records from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

No celebration is complete without food and drink. In addition to tasty offerings from Downtown Loveland’s bars and restaurants, there will be food trucks at the event from 4 – 11 p.m.  Adena’s Beefstroll, is bringing a little taste of Chicago to Loveland, and will be at Cappy’s Wine and Spirits. Quite Frankly will serve up gourmet style all beef franks with fresh ingredients and crazy combinations at Cindy’s Friendly TavernLoveland’s Dairy Whip will be serving their frosty treats at Nisbet Park.

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Open container laws will be waived on July 4 from noon – 11 p.m. in Downtown Loveland to encourage attendees to mingle and visit all the sites and activities.

Jackson Street Market will feature vendors selling specially designed Loveland t-shirts and glow and light up items. If any local vendors want to set up a booth at no cost, contact Misty Cheshire at 707-1437 or Sara Levin at 444-5093.

Branches Church is going to have a picture booth in the Nisbet Park gazebo. The Cool Critter Outreach will be in the kid zone and there will be a wet zone for the kids.

In Jackson Street market, Chester Walton is going to be playing 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s music from 4-7. He will also be selling cotton candy and nachos. The American Legion and Spike’s K-9 Fund will have a booth.  There will also be a henna tattoo artist.

The highlight and finale of the day will be a breathtaking fireworks display produced by Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks beginning at 10 p.m.  The show can be viewed from around the downtown area, including Nisbet Park and a viewing area on the Paxton Bridge.

The success of events like 4th of July reflects the involvement of volunteers. If you have an hour or two to spare any help would be greatly appreciated.  Volunteers are needed at various points throughout the day and evening.  Contact Misty Cheshire at 513-707-1437 or mcheshire@lovelandoh.com to if you would like to volunteer. Be sure to promote the event on your Facebook as well.

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