LIMA — The day has finally arrived.
The Fourth of July holiday brings an abundance of events in the Lima area, with none bigger than the Star Spangled Spectacular at Faurot Park.
The 24th annual Independence Day celebration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the Abilities League Baseball Game and continues with the Freedom 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m. The morning events wrap up with a Freedom Fun Run at 11 a.m.
The afternoon slate features pavilion stage entertainment from Mike Hemmelgarn, who will perform three shows at 3, 4:15 and 5:30 p.m., as well as the Octane Drumline, which takes the stage at 3:45 p.m.
New to this year’s event is the Kewpee Hamburger Eating Championship, which begins at 5 p.m.
Other pre-fireworks events include the Western Ohio Baseball League All-Star Baseball Game, the Veterans Car Show and Cruise-In, a Veterans Parade, and performances by Brother Believe Me (6 p.m.) and the Lima Area Concert Band (8 p.m.)
Children’s rides will run throughout the day, and shuttle buses will be available to transport eventgoers from 1 to 11:30 p.m.
Of course, the reason most people attend is for the fireworks. The fireworks show caps off the night at 10 p.m.
Those who attend the event can expect to stay dry, as there is only a 6 percent chance of precipitation. Temperatures for the July 4 holiday will climb to 83 degrees, though it will feel more like 86 degrees because of the humidity. Conditions will be much cooler at night, with a low of 60 degrees.
Reach John Bush at 567-242-0456 or on Twitter @Bush_Lima.