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Independence Day Celebration

Parade and general event information

Red, White and Blue and Liberty Too‘ theme to Rotary’s 61st year of staging city’s July 4th

“Red, White and Blue and Liberty Too” will be the theme to Westerville’s 2023 Independence Day Celebration, staged by the Rotary Club of Westerville.

All events for 2023 are scheduled to take place on Tuesday, July 4 — including the 5K Walk/Run, State Street Parade, the Concert Series and Food Truck Festival, and of course the Fireworks Show.

 

We’re sticking with a MORNING parade!

The Rotary Club of Westerville Independence Day Parade will step off on State Street at 10:30 a.m., after last year’s highly successful move of the parade from the afternoon to the morning of the Fourth.

The parade route will remain as in recent years, beginning at Old County Line Road and proceeding south to Electric Avenue.

Staging will begin in the parking lot of St. Paul Catholic Church, 313 N. State St., at 9 a.m.

 

61st year for Rotary leadership

2023 will mark 61 years since our Rotary Club of Westerville began helping to stage Westerville’s Independence Day!

In 1962, we joined with the Westerville Jaycees in sponsoring the Citywide Westerville Independence Day Celebration, and in 1968, we took over sole responsibility – with of course huge annual assistance from the City of Westerville Fire and Police Divisions, Electric Division, Public Service Department, and Parks & Recreation, Departments!

Well, some of those didn’t exist in 1962 or 1968 – but all of those city departments sure play a major role in helping us stage the community’s Fourth of July today!

We are very excited to again stage the Westerville Independence Day Parade for 2023 at 10:30 a.m. July 4.

 

Fouse Elementary kindergartener picks 2023 theme

The 2023 celebration theme of “Red, White and Blue and Liberty Too” was chosen by Camden Kuhlman, a kindergarten student in Mrs. Sahr’s class at Fouse Elementary School. Camden will be presented with $100 from the Rotary Club of Westerville and his classroom will receive a pizza party, in recognition of his winning entry in the Rotary’s Parade Theme Contest.

A pizza party also will be held for Mrs. Ebright’s 5th-grade class at Annehurst Elementary School, where 100 percent of the students participated in the Parade Theme Contest.

For submitting the winning entry, Camden and a family or friend also will get to ride in a place of honor in the parade – aboard the Rotary Club of Westerville float!

 

Build a float and join us in the big parade!

Local civic organizations, sports and school groups, and neighborhoods are encouraged to get their own entries together for the 2023 Parade.

Whether you plan to walk as a group or construct an elaborate float, the Rotary Club of Westerville welcomes your involvement. Click on the “Parade Registration Form and FAQs” graphic below to get going!

 

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Westerville North’s cheer squad marches in the 2022 Rotary Club of Westerville Independence Day Parade.

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The Westerville Honor Guard marches in the 2022 Rotary Club of Westerville Independence Parade.

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The Rotary Club of Westerville Independence Day Celebration also includes:

Be in the Westerville Independence Day Parade like Camden Kuhlman, who picked this year’s theme and gets to ride on the Rotary Club of Westerville float! CLICK TO DOWNLOAD A PARADE ENTRY FORM!

Come out to join in our 2023 daylong community celebration of Independence Day on Tuesday, July 4!

Contact Us

Rotary Club of Westerville
P.O. Box 595
Westerville, OH  43086-0595

Where We Meet:
NEW LOCATION AS OF OCT. 19
The Medallion Club
5000 Club Drive
Westerville, Ohio 43082

When:
Thursdays at noon (with Occasional off-site, evening socials)

 

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