MOUNT VERNON – The Ariel-Foundation Park will host the Mount Vernon fireworks display on Sunday July 4th.
The fireworks display, which is expected to start around 10 p.m., will be preceded by a concert of Face-2-Face, the first tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John, at 6:30 p.m. at the Schnormeier Event Center.
Face-2-Face is an exceptional group of musicians featuring two of the industry’s most authentic and entertaining tribute artists, Ronnie Smith as Elton John and Mike Santoro as Billy Joel.
It’s not your typical tribute act, but a real interactive show that plays all the hits, beloved B-Sides and everything in between. For true Elton John and Billy Joel fans who expect more than flashy costumes, goatees and sunglasses.
It’s captivating, engaging, and unpredictable, like seeing Elton John or Billy Joel – so much so that you’ll quickly forget you’re watching a tribute band.
Volunteers will assist park visitors upon arrival. A majority of parking will be available at The Lakes and the Schnormeier Event Center, entering from Madison Avenue; near the clock house on Pittsburg Avenue; and in the Harcourt Road parking area.
A limited number of spaces for people with disabilities will be available on a first come, first served basis on the grounds of the event center. Please note that there is no parking on the grass but only in designated areas.
As the parking lot fills up in the park, the roads to the park from Columbus Road will be closed. They will always be open to pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Norton Street will be closed and used only for Knox Area Transit shuttles.
“Guests at the event should take the time to think about their best exit strategy before determining where to park,” advised Lt. Rex Young of the Mount Vernon Police Department. “It will make a huge difference in getting people out quickly and smoothly to end the night on a positive note for everyone.”
Those leaving the park from Madison Avenue will not be allowed to head north; there will be three dedicated lanes of traffic northbound from Columbus Rd. at the overpass light. Cars leaving the park via Pittsburgh Avenue will only be permitted to head south on Columbus Road.
Those at the intersection of Parrott Street and South Main will only be allowed to turn south or go straight to Newark Rd. Those exiting onto Harcourt Road can go either way.
Additional parking areas within walking distance of the park include downtown parking lots and downtown street parking (time restrictions will be lifted July 4), the CA&C depot on South Main Street and Memorial Park .
Participants can use the cycle path to enter the park and are encouraged to use the new “Riverwalk” under the viaduct bridge for a faster “no wait” exit.
Knox Area Transit offers multiple shuttles to two pick-up and drop-off locations every 15 minutes or so: the Mount Vernon High School Energy Field lot and the corner of East Ohio Ave. and South Gay St. from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Food service will begin at 5 p.m. and food vendors will be stationed throughout the park. They include Ain’t Your Mama’s Kitchen, Annie’s Concessions, Roadside Lunchbox, Dreia’s Kitchen, Buddy’s Local Eats, Big Pappy’s BBQ, Whit’s Frozen Custard, Ohio Snoballs, Larry Woolson, Round Hill Dairy and Sweet Treats. Beer and wine will also be available.
Super Q 93.7 FM will be broadcast live from 6 p.m. on The Lakes; Super Q 93.7 FM will simultaneously broadcast music over the fireworks display.
Only alcohol purchased on site is allowed in the Event Center. Smoking and pets are also prohibited inside the Event Center. Fans of events sitting on the lawn, terraces or patio of the Event Center should bring their own chairs.
Tables of eight are available for $ 75 by advance reservation only online at arielfoundationpark.org.
Those who wish to spend the day on the water or watch the fireworks from the lakeside side of the park are encouraged to bring kayaks and canoes, fitted with appropriate life jackets. Swimming is prohibited.
Visitors to the park can climb the Rastin Observation Tower until 8 p.m. Please note that the Urton Clock House Museum will be closed to the public this year.
In order to secure the area for the presentation of the fireworks, the road through the woods will be closed from 4 p.m. The main park road in front of the event center will also be closed at 4 p.m., allowing only pedestrian and accessible traffic.
Pittsburgh Avenue will be closed from the Clock House parking lot to Seventh Avenue starting at 4:00 p.m. (residential traffic only). The fireworks display is made possible by the City of Mount Vernon and Ariel Corporation.
“We have a plan to get spectators out of the park as quickly and safely as possible after the fireworks, provided that people follow the instructions of the police, deputies of the sheriff and other security personnel. on duty, ”said Mark Fritz, director of operations for Ariel Foundation Park.
“As in previous years, we are convinced that it will be a great event and we hope that the participants will cooperate to make it a positive experience for everyone.”
Other suggested locations to view the fireworks include Arch Park, Harcourt Road parking lot for Ariel-Foundation Park, CA&C Depot, or Memorial Park.
For more information on Ariel-Foundation Park or July 4th activities, including a traffic / parking pass, please visit www.arielfoundationpark.org or follow the park on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.