The Ohio State University at Newark

Independence Day Concert & Fireworks: July 3

NEWARK, Ohio, June 7, 2016 – Celebrate Independence Day this year on the shared campus of The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College (COTC). The annual concert and fireworks display will be held on Sunday, July 3. The event is free and open to the public.

The evening’s celebration will begin with the local cover band Sticks & Stones at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Heisey Wind Ensemble (HWE) at approximately 8 p.m. A fireworks display will begin at 10 p.m. After the fireworks, Sticks & Stones will return to the stage for an encore presentation.

Sticks & Stones is celebrating its 50th year as a band. They will perform their 50th anniversary show at the Midland Theater in Newark on June 11. The band performs light rock classics from the 1960s through the 1990s.

The Heisey Wind Ensemble has been involved in the July 3 event since 2000 playing every other year. HWE will play a mix of patriotic favorites to accompany the fireworks.

All performances will be held at the Martha Grace Reese Amphitheatre. A number of local vendors will be on hand serving food and beverages on the campus grounds during the event. The public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs, picnics and blankets for a fun-filled evening of music and entertainment. Free parking is available on campus. The annual Independence Day Concert and Fireworks is sponsored by Central Ohio Technical College, Ohio State Newark and the Reese Family Foundation.

The Licking County Veterans Project will also be on display during the event. The poster presentation with pictures of local veterans was put together by the Licking County Library. The display will be located inside Hopewell Hall.

Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark have forged an outstanding array of educational opportunities for the central Ohio region and beyond. This partnership is viewed as a model for higher education in the state of Ohio. At Central Ohio Technical College, students gain hands-on, applicable experience to begin working in the field, or to transfer those credits toward a bachelor's degree program. The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that’s challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State’s more than 200 majors.