Fireworks return to Pataskala July 3 after missed year for COVID-19
After COVID-driven disruption last year, the Pataskala Lions Club and others are preparing to light up the skies on July 3 with an annual fireworks display to celebrate Independence Day.
Organizers are also expecting much larger crowds after last year’s disruption and the fact Red, White & Boom has again gone dark this year.
Weather permitting (a rain day of July 4 has also been set), the light show should start at 10 p.m. in Foundation Park, 10255 McIntosh Road.
But activities will really kick off ahead of that in the park, probably about noon to 1 p.m. on July 3, Mayor Mike Compton said in a June 22 interview. Activities will include a car show, band performances and concessions.
“We know it’s going to be huge because of what happened last year,” Compton said. “Everybody is wanting to get out and enjoy.”
Acknowledging there are fewer central Ohio firework displays planned this year, the Mayor said, “I really don’t want to open it up to 8 million people. I’d like to keep it to the community. This is all about our service groups. While the city helps me with physical labor, this is all donations for businesses, donations from the (Pastaskala Area Chamber of Commerce), private donations….”
Compton said, “I’m glad we’re still able to do it. Of course the Lions Club is going to help me and the American Legion is going to help me. It’s a great community event and I just hope we can keep it going for many, many years, even after I’m gone.”
The car show is expected to kick off at 1 p.m. in the park. The Lion’s Club, Whit’s and others will be available with concession stands from about noon on, he said.
Otherwise, it’s all about the fireworks. “From noon on until 10:30, 11 p.m. at night, that’s the place to be,” Compton said.
Mayor Compton has asked attendees to obey the following conditions:
- Please observe and respect the fireworks safe zones
- No parking or driving on the grass unless instructed or part of the car show
- No alcohol
- No pets
- No outside fireworks including sparklers
- No riding bikes inside park… park them or walk them
- No politics
- No motorized vehicles
- Absolutely no drones
The roads leading into the park (McIntosh Road and John Reese Parkway) will be limited to parking to one side of the street. There will be signs posted, according to an official website listing for the event.
The annual Pataskala Street Fair, which was scrubbed by COVID-19 conditions in 2020, is also currently expected to return to downtown Pataskala from Aug. 18-21.