If you are in town over the Fourth of July weekend, I highly recommend that you spend your Friday evening downtown seeing the best that Middletown has to offer. The evening starts at 5:00pm with First Friday at the Pendleton Art Center. Whether you are an art fanatic or, like me, can’t draw a stick figure without messing it up, take the time to see the beautiful work created by the many art studios at the Center. It’s worth your time to take a stroll through the building and watch local artists create amazing art of all shapes, styles and sizes.
When you’ve completed your walk through the Center, head to one of our local restaurants to get a meal you just can’t get at a chain. Whether your tastes run to old favorites like Stefano’s or barbecue at Combs BBQ, an updated menu at Murphy’s Landing, or the newest downtown restaurant, Stone-Fired Bistro ( http://stonefiredbistro.com/), you’re sure to find a great meal downtown. If you’re not hungry, grab a coffee at Triple Moon Coffee Company or a beer at the Canal House and relax.
After you’ve completed dinner and drinks, leave your car parked at the Transit depot and take a free bus ride over to Smith Park to join us at the Broad Street Blast for music, food, drinks, play areas for the kids, and fireworks at dark. Middletown Police will have bike patrols and officers on foot in the park. The schedule for the Blast is:
5:50pm to 6:00pm – Dale Buckner & Mike Priest sing on stage
6:00pm to 7:30pm – Rick House Band, a well known opening band, will perform
7:30pm to 8:00 – Welcome and Introductions by Mayor Mulligan, the singing of the National Anthem, and an American Flag Sky Diving Performance by Team Fastrax, America’s skydiving team
8:00 to Dark – DV8, a nationally known headliner rocks the stage
9:45 pm – Pyrotechnic skydiving performance by Team Fastrax and then Fireworks from the airport grounds.
After the fireworks, catch a bus back to the Transit depot and stop by Murphy’s Landing, the Canal House, and Stone-Fired Bistro for after-fireworks specials.
It should be a great night and a lot of fun. I’d like to thank the many people who have helped the City put this event together.
They include Public Safety Director David VanArsdale, for taking lead on the City’s behalf; The many city employees from Public Works, Middletown Division of Police, Middletown Division of Fire, and Community Revitalization that worked through the permitting, set up and tear down of the event, security and safety, and setting up and monitoring the fireworks for safety; Local Attorney Greg Pratt for fund raising; Adriane Scherrer and the Broad Street Bash Gang for organizing the festival; Team Fast Trax, for performing not once, but twice during the Blast; and for the following sponsors of the event through their generous donations: the Middletown Community Foundation, the Middletown Convention and Visitors Bureau, Cummings Taxi and Shuttle Service, Ohio Eagle Distributing, and the Atrium Foundation. Without each of these partners, this event doesn’t happen.
I hope to see you all on July 3rd!