It seems like school just let out and it's almost the Fourth of July! Our family recently took a quick trip to Washington DC and now I'm really inspired toParadepic make this holiday one the kids will remember. We're lucky to have July 3 off of work  (hope you do, too)!  That means we can pack even more activities into the long weekend.

Montgomery Inn Dublin will have their own Ribs Fest July 3-5. 3rd. It's all-you-can-eat BBQ Ribs and Saratoga Chips (their homemade potato chips) for $19.99. They open at 11 a.m. (I'll see you in line for lunch!) After gorging ourselves, we'll head over to the water play fountains near Ballentrae to let the kids cool off.

Later on that evening, Columbus hosts Red, White, and Boom with a parade and fireworks downtown. While it is spectacular, we'll save our fireworks watching for the next night here in Dublin. The Fourth starts off early 8-10 a.m.) with the Sherm Sheldon Fishing Derby.  Who was Sherm Sheldon? He was Dublin's first Village Manager and loved kids and fishing. Who doesn't?  It's great fun and I love seeing all the families surrounding the pond in front of the Dublin Community Recreation Center. Arrive early so you have time to make it to the parade!

The Dublin, Ohio Fourth of July parade  starts at 11 a.m. and heads east on Bridge Street/SR 161 into Historic Dublin. It is a huge spectacle that involves kids riding decorated bikes, boy scout troops, clowns, dance groups, floats and high school bands.  Try parking behind the library so that after the parade, you can experience a quiet moment of reflection at the new Grounds of Rememberance Veterans Memorial.  Independence Day is a great time to thank all who have fought to provide us with these freedoms we celebrate.

After naptime (and rehydrating the kids), come out to Coffman High School to see Dublin's Fireworks.  The entertainment starts at 4:30 p.m. with the SkyHoundz Hyperflite Canine Frisbee Disc Championship, then rolls right into performances from Boyz II Men and the Four Tops.  Bleacher seating is free and available to the public. Our family prefers to bring our own blankets and chairs and sit in the practice football field. You can still access the restrooms and refreshment stands at the stadium, but the kids aren't as confined in one spot.  (I love that special moment when they're sitting in our laps, just watching the beautiful fireworks display right over our heads.)

Have some patience going home--the traffic can be a challenge. For those who can-- bike or walk!  The best part of the weekend is that we will still have July 5 to enjoy more family time together. I know we'll end the weekend at Scioto Park with a pizza from Tommy's Pizza  and a free concert with Dublin Arts Council's Sunday's at Scioto.  The band featured on Sunday night will be the Brass Band of Columbus. The concert starts at 7 p.m. (Last year's concert by this group was well attended.)  Hope your family has a happy and safe Fourth of July!

-Post by Katie