Independence Day weekend brings fireworks and local celebrations – Oxford Observer


After the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence in 1776, John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail, with a prediction of how the day would be celebrated in years to come:

“It should be celebrated with pomp and parade, with shows (spectacles), games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from now forever.”

These days, Roman candles and firecrackers are replacing the bonfires and illuminations that Adams was talking about. With nine days until the 4th of July, fireworks are to be expected, but security officials, as always, urge caution at our Independence Day celebrations.

When it comes to fireworks, it’s always better to watch them than to set them off yourself. If not properly trained, a person can cause themselves great harm and potentially set something on fire.

Under Ohio law, the only types of legal fireworks that individuals can have and light are:

For larger displays, the Oxford Fire Department recommends citizens leave the fireworks to the professionals. Fire Captain Chris Johns said that while they don’t get many calls about fireworks incidents gone bad, they still get them from time to time.

Johns gave tips for fireworks safety such as: “Always leave it to the professionals, keep it out of reach of children and stay away from houses, buildings and dry areas.”

“The State of Ohio and the Office of the Fire Marshal require that someone from the fire department be present at fireworks shows from the time they set up until the show be over,” Johns said.

If you’re at the Oxford Firework Show at Oxford Community Park from 5-10 p.m. on Saturday, July 3, Johns invites you to stop by and say hello to the firefighter on duty.

“We will have our brush truck on site in case any spot fires occur,” he said. “Last year we had to cancel due to COVID-19, so we’re happy to have it again this year.”

Several public fireworks celebrating Independence Day are set to be set off around Oxford, including:

July 2nd

New Madison 4th of July Celebration, 5-9 p.m., 315 S. Main St., New Madison

July 3

The Oxford Freedom Festival5-10 p.m. at Oxford Community Park, 6801 Fairfield Road.

College Corner Community Club features a celebration with a parade during the day and fireworks after dark at Stateline Ballpark in College Corner.

4th July

Stricker’s Grove, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. 11490 Hamilton Cleves Road, near Ross, Ohio famous with rides, games and fireworks after dark.

Harrison, Ohiohas a 4 p.m. parade with games, food, and fireworks during the celebration and fireworks, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Harrison Community Center, 300 George St.

July the 5th

Thunder Mondayfrom 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., at Hueston Woods State Park, features a barbecue, DJ and fireworks.


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