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The small Village of Hiram shows off its big heart with this two-day event. There's a concert by folk singer Steve Howell and fireworks on Monday, July 3, followed by a parade, live entertainment, classic car show and children's activities running all day on July 4.
The parade starts at 1:30 p.m. on Hayden Street. Participants of all ages are welcome to ride their bikes, walk or drive antique cars in the procession.
Head over to Hiram Christian Church after the parade for children's activities, including the bicycle rodeo, potato sack races and “old-fashioned contests,” such as bubble gum blowing and pickle eating.
As tradition, friends and neighbors will play patriotic music on Dean Street followed by the annual pie eating contest. It all culminates in the ice cream strawberry social and big band dance under starry skies.
“It's definitely for the people in Hiram Village and in the township,” said organizer Willard Green. “We always have people from outside who happen to be in the area. The police and fire department lead the parade through the village. It is a community event, but if you're coming from somewhere around you will fit right in.”