Hilliard Announces 2020 Fourth of July Events

Posted June 11, 2020 in Community Alert by Anna Subler

Be on the lookout for the Red, White, and Blue Express to steam through Hilliard neighborhoods in the week leading up to Independence Day!

The Express will be a patriotic pop-up parade coming to Hilliard neighborhoods each night from June 29 through July 2! The Red, White, and Blue Express will include Hilliard Division of Police cars, Norwich Fire Department trucks, City of Hilliard vehicles, and more. To help you know when the Express will be on your block, the City will “live stream” the GPS location of the Express each evening on Facebook!

Additional information, including times and routes, will be announced on the City’s website and social media pages closer to July 4.

The Red, White, and Blue Express is just one of several neighborhood-oriented activities planned for this year’s Independence Day week. Other activities will include front-yard cookouts, home and business patriotic art contest, shared recipes, and a special radio performance by a Hilliard celebrity.

“We will still find ways in our community to celebrate July 4 with family and friends,” said Hilliard City Manager Michelle Crandall. “We’ve worked to create a few opportunities for our community to celebrate American independence at a time when we cannot safely hold large public gatherings.”

Front Yard Food with Friends on the Fourth

Gather your family and friends for a July 4 celebration in your own front yard! You will be in great company as neighbors near and far join you for this citywide cookout. Grilling and picnicking in the front yard ensure you will see and “celebrate” with your entire neighborhood and community.Be sure to tune in to T-100 radio (100.3) at 8 p.m. July for a special broadcast of the National Anthem by Leo Welsh, Hilliard resident and Columbus Blue Jackets Anthem Singer!

Creative Art Competition

Use your creative artistic abilities to compete against your neighbors, friends, family, and community to show your gratitude of our country on Independence Day.

Chalk Art: You choose the location (sidewalk, driveway, etc.) and create your most festive patriotic masterpiece. Your artwork must be completed by noon Tuesday, June 30. Email a photo of your creation and your address to to be eligible to be judged by the Hilliard Public Arts Commission and City employees. Families should pre-register on Rec Trac. Judging will take place July 1-3, with a winner from each category announced on July 4. First place for each category will receive a prize.

Patriotic Display: Decorate your front porch, window, house, or yard to create a patriotic masterpiece worthy of a parade. The item you choose is up to you! Artwork must be complete by noon Wednesday, July 1. Email a photo of your creation and your address to to be judged. Families should pre-register on Rec Trac. Businesses call Angela Zody at 614-334-1342. First place for each category will receive a prize.

Neighborhood Grand Prize:  The neighborhood that shows the most combined patriotism in all the above categories will win a visit from Graeter’s Ice Cream for a cool treat on the afternoon of July 6. Winners will be based on the sum of participation in the above categories. 

Hilliard Family Cookbook

Share your favorite July 4 recipes with your community! We will accept and share recipes the week of July 4 (June 29 – July 3). On Independence Day, we will vote on the top five recipes our community has shared.  Winner will receive a prize! Submit your recipe here.

More information on the Fourth of July can be found on the City’s website and social media sites in the coming weeks.