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Hudson -- Celebrate Independence Day weekend with a picnic, concerts and fireworks.
The Hudson Bandstand will kick off the Fourth of July with a special performance of patriotic songs by the United States Air Force Band of Flight on July 4 at 7 p.m. on the Gazebo Green (see story on Page 1). In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the Hudson High School.
On July 6 at 7 p.m. The Prowlers will perform on the Bandstand stage.
Between the concerts will be the annual fireworks display at dusk (approximately 9:45 p.m.) July 5 at Barlow Farm Park, 1931 Barlow Road, said City of Hudson Communications Manager Jody Roberts. The rain date is July 6.
Parking is available at Jo-Ann Fabrics, 5555 Darrow Road, where a bus shuttle will take guests to the Barlow and Terex roads intersection, Roberts said.
Parking also is available at Oak Grove Park with handicapped parking at Little Tikes, both on Barlow Road and accessed from Stow Road, Roberts said.
Spectators should arrive early. Barlow and Terex roads will be closed to through traffic around 7 p.m., Roberts said.
The city provides services from the police, fire, emergency medical services and park departments for setting up and cleaning up for the event. Last year the city paid $10,471 for overtime costs, Roberts said.
The Hudson Fire Department prepares the display site by spraying water on the Case-Barlow Farm barn and supervises the fireworks display and safety. Police provide traffic control and security. Public works provides road closures, general event maintenance and traffic control. The parks department provides setup and maintenance during the event.
"When exiting the event, please be patient, cautious and look out for pedestrians," Roberts said.
Hudson Community Foundation has funded the fireworks display since 2007, and fireworks are provided by Hudson-based American Fireworks. An estimated 10,000 people attend the annual event.
The Hudson Community Foundation raises approximately $30,000 a year for the event and has been raising funds to create a $750,000 endowment fund that will enable the fireworks to pay for itself in the future. The fireworks endowment fund has $300,000 so far, according to Don Tharp, chair of the board of directors for HCF.
Surveys have indicated the community considers the fireworks one of its favorite events, and the Hudson Community Foundation felt it was important to reinstate the event after it was discontinued in 2006, Tharp said.
Tharp thanks Bill Sedlacek, chairman of the fireworks event, and the staff at HCF for their work to "Light Up the Skies Every Fourth of July."
The generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations supports the event and makes it possible along with the partnership with the city, Tharp said.
"It is a family friendly, fun event," Tharp said. "And we are celebrating the birth of the United States of America. We feel blessed to be able to live in Hudson, Ohio, and we're grateful to those brave men who signed the Declaration of Independence and pledged their sacred honor, lives and fortunes so we can live the way we live. We need to remember that."
In case of inclement weather, check the city's website www.hudson.oh.us Facebook or Twitter for postponement or cancellation information.