Hope – The Town of Hope organized an old-fashioned Independence Day beginning July 1, planning fireworks on the same night as the Columbus Regional Health and Q-MIX fireworks display.
The Hope fireworks display, which will set off from Jackson Street on the West Side, will coincide with the Columbus Show, which will be north of Blackwell Park near Parkside Middle School in Columbus.
Both shows start around 10pm
Those planning to see the fireworks display from Hope Town Square are urged to bring their own chair.
Event spokeswoman Jessica Brown said Old Hope’s Independence Day will see an increase in food vendors. Brown said treats such as funnel cakes, lemonade shakes and sweets will be provided by organizations including the Hope Volunteer Fire Department, Moravian Boy Scout Troop, Kappa Kappa Sigma and Wesleyan Church Ladies.
The event kicks off in the recently renovated Hope Town Square at approximately 5 p.m. July 1 with the Cruise-In Car Show. Continuous games and crafts will start at 5:30 PM
The apple pie competition will be held at the Wesleyan Church Women’s Booth. All entries must be submitted between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Judging is scheduled to begin at 6:45 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded, but all pies will be cut out and served with ice cream after the winners have been announced. Call Trina Newton at 812-344-5438 for more details.
The annual celebration at Hope traditionally includes the children’s parade, which includes decorated bicycles, tricycles, buggies, and buggies. It is open to children 10 and under who are asked to meet on the north side of the plaza between 6pm and 6:15pm
Any child between the ages of 3 and 10 can enter the “Little Miss and Mr. Firecracker Contest”. A number of kids already have packs set up at Hope Zone businesses in an effort to collect as many pennies as possible. The winners of the competition will top the show, in addition to being provided with a gift bag and a crown.
Parents must provide permission papers for their children to participate no later than Tuesday at either the Yellow Trail Museum or at Deckard Tool and Engineering, 610 West Drive in Hope.
Other activities during the Independence Day of Old Hope include:
- 6:45 pm Cake walking in the shelter
- From 6:30 to 9 pm – Banister Family on the band stage
- 7 pm – sack races
- 7:15 pm Watermelon Seed Spit Contest
- 7:45 pm. – pull the rope
- 7:45 pm. – Presenting prizes for Cruise-In.
- 8 pm – Toss the water balloon
During the event, the Yellow Trail Museum, located on the southwest corner of Main and Jackson Streets, will sell ice cream floats for $1.