The Village of Hiram Fourth of July celebration will take place on July 3-4, 2013. Please join us on and around campus for the following activities:
Wednesday , July 3
7:30 p.m.: Pre-Fireworks Concert and Family Fun, Hiram College Football Field
Before the fireworks, listen to folk music from a local group. Once again you will be able to see a helicopter land/take off at 7:30 and tour it. Stop by to see the clowns making balloon animals for the kids!
9:30 p.m. (approximate): Fireworks, Hiram College Football Field
Come and enjoy Hiram’s version of this Independence Day tradition. Donations will be requested to pay for fireworks. Funds for the fireworks provided by local business and the Hiram Community Trust.
Thursday, July 4
9 a.m. Softball Games – Bicentennial Field Park
10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Historical Society Open House, Bicentennial Park by the fire station
The Historical Society is organizing a “virtual museum” as part of the Civil War Commemoration. If you have any objects related to the War or to the 1860s, bring them to the Century House to be photographed between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the Fourth, or call David Anderson at 330-569-7455 to arrange a convenient time. A program and display of the photos is planned for the fall.
Noon-1 p.m.: Family Activities and Bike Decorating, Hiram Christian Church Parking Lot
Meet at the Hiram Christian Church in front of the Hiram Village municipal building. Face painting, sidewalk chalk drawing, and bike decorating for the parade. Hot dogs and beverages will also be for sale.
11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.: Display of classic cars and Hiram and visiting fire department vehicles, Hiram Christian Church parking lot
If you have a classic vehicle, please park at the east parking lot at the church. Visit with firefighters and see the trucks up close before they lead the parade.
1:30 p.m.: The Grand Parade
Walkers and bicyclers will line up at the Hiram Christian Church on the north, exiting to the west on Route 82. Everyone is welcome to participate! Ride your bike, make a float, drive an antique car, or just show up and cheer on everyone in the parade. Once again, the route goes north on Hayden and Dean Streets, left on Hinsdale Street, south on to Peckham, and then down State Route 82 and back to the church.
- Bicycle Rodeo, Hiram Christian Church parking lot – Come learn the ins and outs of bicycle safety after the parade. Sponsored by Hiram Police Department. Lots of prizes donated via local businesses will be awarded
- Basketball Knock-out – Gather on the Hiram village park basketball courts for an individual basketball shooting contest. Boys and girls all ages are welcome, although children and youth under 18 have priority. Prizes for the top four will be awarded.
- Kids’ Games, Village green near the new Hiram Play Park – Potato sack races, water balloon toss, parachute fun, other fun games — and the annual boys vs. girls tug of war. All participants get a prize!
2:30 p.m.: The Hiram Historical Society tour of historic Hiram, Century House, next to the Jagow Playground in Bicentennial Park (near Hiram Village Hall
The tour will be led by Hiram resident Richard Masters.
3:30 p.m.: Old-Fashioned Contests, Village Green near the new Play Park
Contests for kids and adults of all ages, including bubble gum blowing contest, pickle eating contest, donut eating contest and more.
4-5 p.m.: Hiram Community Band (37th anniversary), Dean Street by Frohring Music Building
A Hiram tradition since 1976. You can participate or come and listen to your friends and neighbors play fabulous patriotic music!. The rehearsals dates are at Frohring Music Building of Hiram’s campus. For more information contact Paul Dreisbach at 330-569-7539.
5:30-6:30 p.m.: Pie Contest, Gerstacker Science Hall
Whip up your best pie and enter it into our annual pie contest. Independent judges will determine a winner and award a fabulous prize. Drop off your pie at Gerstacker Science Hall (under the arch) on Dean Street between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. All pies will be sold by the slice at the Strawberry Social. Winners will receive cookbooks! For more info contact Brenda Smith at 330-569-7664 or Willard Greenwood 330-569-5331.
8-10 p.m.: Ice Cream Strawberry Social and Big Band Dance, Martin Commons
Enjoy big band entertainment and dancing in an outdoor setting! Live music once again provided by the Garretttones. Ice cream sold by the Hiram Christian Church. Enjoy starry skies and candlelit tables.
Rain location for family activities, the Community Band concert, and the big band dance is Frohring Music Building on the college campus. The parade is rain or shine!
Sponsors of the events include the following:
Hiram Community Trust – Hiram Inn – Charles Chevrolet Buick Pontiac – Hiram Police Dept. – Hiram Fire Dept. – Hiram College Physical Plant – Hiram College Athletics – Foster Brown – Robert and Denise Summers – Dave Able, Ohio Health Benefits – The Business Works – Ohio Prarie Nursery – Cal’s Restaurant – Garrettsville Chiropractic – Elizabeth Tomasko, Attorney – Carlson Funeral Home – Hiram House Salon and Day Spa – Hiram College Bookstore – – Italian Garden – Subway – Therm-O-Link – The Village Bookstore – Crestwood Schools – Deluxe Cleaners – Cortland Banks – Tom and Laura Bollenbacher – Ken Pike Investments – Save 4 Store – Garrettsville Hardware – Ruffings’s Greenhouse – Dan Ellenberger – Hammer Data Systems, LLC – Ellerhorst Insurance – South Woods Apartments – Sean’s Pub and Eatery – Garrettsville Lodge #246 – Ms. Patsy Reid – Middlefield Bank – G-Ville McDonalds’s – Ms. Helen Etling – Shaklee – Creative Sign Works – Art-n-Flowers – Painely Financial Services – Dairy Queen – Mike Masheck – Hiram Post Office – Camp Hi – Curves – Domino’s Pizza – Herman Pickles – Attorney Lou Bertrand