UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio (WCMH) – After not being able to have large Fourth of July celebrations last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, communities across central Ohio are getting back to normal this year.
One of those communities, Upper Arlington, held a night of festivities in Northam Park Sunday.
People, who have been at the park all day, were excited to finish out the holiday festivities, saying they not only enjoyed the fireworks, but also just being together again.
“Giving the kids something to like, you know, more of a normal experience that, I think, everyone was more nostalgic for in a way,” said resident Lydia Ziggler.
Residents put chairs out days in advance to grab their spots for the Fourth of July parade, and some had chairs out at the park days in advance, too, to grab the best spots for music and, of course, the fireworks.
“It’s these kind of things that bring everybody together and make everybody feel like a part of things, and it’s just so important, so yeah, it’s wonderful,” said Upper Arlington resident Debbie Hoffine.
Organizers said they saw more people out for the parade Sunday than they had in recent memory.
None of this happened last Fourth of July because of COVID-19, making this year even more special.
“I think it’ll just be a thrill,” said Stacy McIntire, general chairperson for the Upper Arlington Civic Association’s Fourth of July Committee, before the evening’s festivities. “It’ll be exciting to get back to it, to have the fireworks here in the park again. I think everyone’s just really looking forward to it. I think everyone’s just excited to be back out and uniting as a community.”
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