The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College, after closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and considering all federal, state and local health regulations, have determined that this event is cancelled for 2021.
“Ohio State Newark and COTC, with support from the Reese Family Foundation, have been fortunate to be part of your Independence Day celebrations for many years,” said COTC President John M. Berry, PhD. “While we deeply regret that we will not be able to hold this beloved event again this year, our highest priority must be the ongoing safety and well-being of our students, employees and community members. We remain optimistic about coming out of this pandemic and being able to host this event next year.”
The annual Independence Day Concert and Fireworks display is held annually on July 3rd, on the campus of The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College. The annual family-friendly event, jointly sponsored by COTC, Ohio State Newark and the Gilbert Reese Family Foundation, has been a long-standing free gift to the community.
Approximately 25,000 Licking County children and families attend this fun, free, family friendly event annually. The evening’s celebration begins with popular local musical groups with all performances held at the Martha Grace Reese Amphitheatre. Of course, the crowd-favorite fireworks display begins at dusk to the accompaniment of patriotic favorites performed by the symphony.
Independence Day Alumni Celebration
The Annual Independence Day Alumni Celebration held simultaneously with the public fireworks event takes place in the John Gilbert Reese Center and seating area around the building (inside and outside) is reserved for COTC and Ohio State Alumni and their guests. Bring lawn chairs and blankets to use outside. Fireworks begin at dusk. This event has been cancelled.