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Salem Independence Day activities set

SALEM — City Parks Recreation Supervisor Amber Smith announced some of the activities planned for the holiday celebration from 5 to 9 p.m. July 3 preceding the city fireworks.

But she added, “we’d like to have more if anyone is interested.”

Community groups, businesses or organizations who want to volunteer to sponsor an activity during the Fourth of July celebration at Waterworth Memorial Park can contact her at the park office, 2222 Oak St., at 330-271-8913.

The Salem Salvation Army will sponsor a hot dog eating contest at 6 p.m., with kids first, then adults.

Also on the schedule is Make & Take Craft by Bee City USA-Salem, miniature golf by Eyes for Olivia, a Quaker Sam Selfie Station by the Salem Historical Society and a blowup slide by First Christian Church.

From 7 to 9 p.m., a group known as Social Dis Dancers, which includes a professional DJ and line dancers, will sponsor music and dancing.

The parks department also will sponsor an activity, but the decision on what activity hasn’t been made.

Last year, the fireworks and the Fourth of July celebration, always held on July 3 in Salem, had to be canceled due to the pandemic.

Smith also announced some other upcoming activities, noting a Go Wild in the Park program on Bigfoot in Ohio is set at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at Pavilion 9 in Waterworth Memorial Park off of Superior Avenue.

The parks department plans to show the movie “Doolittle” at the band shell at Waterworth Memorial Park on Saturday night, dependent on the weather. She also said this is the last week for girls softball games.

Smith, who does double duty as the pool manager, reported on the pool at Centennial Park, saying the pool, splash pad and concession stand are doing well. The pool opened on June 12 after being closed last summer due to Covid-19.

“So far, so good,” she said.

Before opening, a private company performed a survey on all aspects of the pool, but Parks Director Shane Franks said they haven’t received the results yet from the inspection.

“I’m sure we’re all interested in what they have to say,” he said.

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