Kettering plans fireworks for this year’s Go 4th Independence Day event

Kettering is planning to have its Go 4th Independence Day celebration this year, including fireworks. FILE
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Kettering is planning to have its Go 4th Independence Day celebration this year, including fireworks. FILE

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The city of Kettering plans to have its Go 4th Independence Day celebration this year, including fireworks.

The annual event at Delco Park was canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Kettering officials said they hope to have many of the activities traditionally associated with the celebration, but will monitor and follow state COVID-19 guidelines accordingly.

“Hopefully we’re getting back to somewhat normal,” Kettering Mayor Don Patterson said after city council Tuesday night approved $45,000 for fireworks for Go 4th.

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“And while we would love to open things up full throttle and all, that isn’t most likely going to be the case,” he added. “But it’s going to begin to take that first step forward in opening the city and all the events that we love and cherish in this community.”

The city has announced its Adventure Reef Water Park is opening later this month and the Charles I. Lathrem Senior Adult Center will do so on Monday. Both have been closed for more than a year due to the coronavirus.

Go 4th is a family friendly event that attracts thousands and has included entertainment, live music, food vendors and food trucks.

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The city will monitor state guidelines as July 4 approaches, following any capacity restrictions, and adjusting seating and amenities as necessary, Kettering Community Information Manager Mary Azbill said in an email.

“We, of course, are hoping for a traditional celebration; but, we are prepared to make appropriate changes and accommodations to keep everyone safe and healthy,” she added.

The city of Dayton has said it plans to bring back its Independence Day celebration with fireworks. That event is being planned for July 3.

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