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Independence Day Concert and Fireworks is July 3

NEWARK, Ohio, May 30, 2017 — 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 Monday, 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 Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra 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. All performances will be held at the Martha Grace Reese Amphitheatre.

A number of local vendors will be selling food and beverages on the campus grounds beginning at 6 p.m. The Licking County Veterans Project will also be on display in Hopewell Hall during the event. The poster presentation with pictures of local veterans was put together by the Licking County Library. 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 city of Newark has closed Sharon Valley Road at the intersection of Evans Boulevard and the north access road to the campus. Vehicles must use alternative entrances located on Country Club Drive and Granville Road.

The annual Independence Day Concert and Fireworks is sponsored by COTC, Ohio State Newark and the Reese Family Foundation.

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.