MOUNT VERNON — Independence Day will be celebrated around the Knox County area with many different events.

•Mount Vernon will be holding its fireworks display tonight at dusk at Memorial Park. The launch point for the fireworks has been moved this year, allowing traffic to exit along Mount Vernon Avenue to the east.

•Fredericktown Community Park will be buzzing with activity on the Fourth of July, as the Fredericktown Recreation District holds its annual celebration. There will be swimming, softball games, bingo and kids’ games all day at the park. Southbound will perform beginning at 7:30 p.m. with the fireworks display scheduled at 10 p.m.

•Gambier will celebrate the Fourth of July with a parade, picnic and presentation of the Citizen of the Year award. The Citizen of the Year award will be presented at 11 a.m. in front of Farr Hall and the parade will then begin.

Following the parade is the communitywide picnic at the Community Center Park.

•Utica’s Fourth of July festivities will take place at Southend Park on Thursday. The day will kick off with a car show at noon. Antique tractors will be on display all day long and there will be food stands, putt putt golf and bouncy houses for the kids. Northwest Territory will perform bluegrass music at 7 p.m. The fireworks will start at dusk, around 9:45 p.m.

Offices to close for holiday

MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon News will be closed on Thursday so that employees may spend Independence Day with family. There will be a Thursday edition of the News published. The deadline for obituaries or that edition is today at 2:30 p.m.

The following area offices/businesses will be closed in observance of the July 4 holiday:

•The Knox County Department of Job & Family Services. This includes Workforce Development, Opportunity Knox One Stop Employment and Training, Public Assistance, Child Support Enforcement, and Children and Family Services.



Joshua Morrison: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @


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