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Fourth of July festivities returning to Salem this year

SALEM — The fireworks will fly in Salem this year, with the annual Fourth of July holiday display scheduled after dark for July 3 at Waterworth Memorial Park.

The family fun begins early, though, from 5 to 9 p.m., when Salem Parks & Recreation hosts its annual Fourth of July celebration, full of activities to enjoy before the fireworks begin.

Parks Recreation Supervisor Amber Smith announced at Wednesday’s parks commission meeting that she’s inviting local businesses, organizations, clubs and groups to sponsor an activity. So far, sponsors include the Salvation Army for a hot dog eating contest, the Salem Historical Society for a photo booth known as the Quaker Sam Selfie Station, Eyes for Olivia for putt putt golf and Bee City USA for crafts.

Other activity suggestions she shared included a bouncy house, races, dunk tank, characters, rock wall, pie baking contest, watermelon eating contest, children’s bike/wagon parade, carnival games, pet parade, face painting, family friendly music/bands, concession stand, popcorn machine, cotton candy machine, sidewalk chalk contest or water balloon toss.

Any groups, organizations or businesses who want to participate can contact the parks department at 330-271-8913.

Last year’s fireworks had to be canceled over pandemic concerns, but this year everything’s back on.

Mayor John Berlin said he sent letters out again for donations toward the fireworks display, with letters thanking some of last year’s donors for allowing the city to keep their money for this year’s display and other letters asking for donations for this year.

The cost of the fireworks by American Fireworks are covered by donations. The rain date for the fireworks will be July 9 if necessary.

Smith also reported an upcoming Master Gardener program will be held at 6:30 p.m. June 16 at pavilion #9 off of Superior Avenue at Waterworth Memorial Park.

In another plea for volunteers, Parks Director Shane Franks said Emmanuel Lutheran Church is planning to provide members to stain the Swings-N-Things Playground at Centennial Park on June 26, but he’s inviting anyone else willing to help to contact him at the park office at 330-271-8913.

Franks also offered thanks to the Columbiana County land bank and the Columbiana County Commissioners for a grant to install a fountain at the duck pond which will light up at night.

The next commission meeting will be 5 p.m. June 23 at the parks office, 2222 Oak St., just off of Southeast Boulevard.

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