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City set for Fourth

STEUBENVILLE — Monday is going to be a fun day in Steubenville, city officials say.

Everything from concerts to inflatables, free swimming and fireworks is on tap for city’s Fourth of July party.

“It’s going to be a fun day,” Mayor Jerry Barilla said. “I hope everybody will want to celebrate our nation’s independence with us — it really is monumental.”

On tap are:

ö Free swimming for all at Belleview Pool from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., but children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult. The baby pool is open.

There is plenty planned for Historic Fort Steuben Park.

ö Kurt James Fun and Games will bring kid-themed inflatables to the party. Barilla says parents will be able to join their children on one of them.

ö Eight food vendors will be serving up food, beverages and snacks beginning at 4 p.m. Barilla said they start setting up a little before that.

ö Three groups will perform on stage at the Berkman Amphitheater: Roz & Lynn at 7 p.m., the Stereos at 7:40 p.m. and the Fantasys at 8:30 p.m.

ö Around 9:45 p.m., the fireworks show will start.

“I’m extremely excited to be able to have the July 4 celebration here, on the riverbank,” Barilla said. “It’s got accessibility, and residents on the hilltops can see them, downtown can see them. That was the purpose of bringing them downtown, especially for families with little children.”

Paul Zuros, executive director of the Visitor’s Center, said visitors who come down to the fort “will have front-row seats to the greatest show in Steubenville.

“But really, you should be able to see them anywhere in the downtown area pretty well,” he said. “We usually get thousands of visitors down here to see the show, and there’s a lot of space for people to spread out and enjoy a great evening of food, music and fireworks.”

The fireworks will be set off behind the sanitation plant, “right there on the river,” Zuros said. That means river traffic as well as pedestrian and vehicular traffic on the Market Street Bridge will be closed off about 15 minutes before the start of the performance.

Barilla said the fireworks typically last between 20 and 25 minutes, “and it should be a great show. They always end it with a big finale.”

“We’ve worked diligently to provide a family-friendly venue for all ages to enjoy,” he said. “We’ve got free swimming, food services, fun and games for children, concerts and fireworks — there’s going to be a lot going on.”

Zuros said they expect the park to be “just jam-packed full of people, and with eight food vendors there will be plenty of refreshments for visitors.”

He said Third Street will be closed to traffic Monday afternoon so any overflow crowd “can sit in the street and still enjoy the show.”

“Bring your chairs, bring your blankets,” he said. “No alcohol is permitted on the fort property, but come down and make yourself comfortable and enjoy the show.”

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