Fireworks, parade planned for holiday

Findlay area residents and visitors can take in this year’s fireworks show at dusk today.

Fireworks will be shot off at the Hancock County Fairgrounds, where the gates will open at 4 p.m. for food, activities, gospel music, and music from the band Tongue ‘n Groove.

The celebration is free and open to the public and is sponsored by Meijer, Anderson and Hoffner Dental Center, Flag City Furniture and Bedding, Impact Credit Union, Marathon Petroleum, Ohio Logistics, Owens Community College, The Courier, 1330 WFIN, 100.5 WKXA, and 106.3 The Fox.

On Friday, a July 4th parade will be held in Findlay’s downtown beginning at 11 a.m. The parade will start at the Marathon Petroleum parking lot and travel north on Main Street to Center Street. It will be led by military personnel, veterans, police officers, firefighters and emergency medical services.

Floats for the parade can line up at 9 a.m. in the Marathon parking lot, where judging will begin at 9:30 a.m. First prize for the float contest is $200, second prize is $100 and third prize is $50. Two $50 prizes will also be awarded to kids with the best-decorated bikes in the parade.

Also Friday, Zonta Landing Boat Rentals at Riverside Park will also be offering free, half-hour boat rides from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. in canoes, kayaks and pedal boats.

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