Independence Day Concert and Fireworks is July 3

NEWARK, Ohio, June 13, 2018 — Celebrate Independence Day this year on the shared campus of Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and The Ohio State University at Newark. The annual concert and fireworks display is on Tuesday, July 3, 2018. The event is free and open to the public. Parking on campus is free. 

FireworksWarner.jpgThe celebration begins at 6:15 p.m. with the presentation of COTC's John C. "Jay" Barker Alumni Community Service Award. Local cover band Sticks & Stones takes the stage at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Heisey Wind Ensemble at approximately 8 p.m. A fireworks display will begin at dusk. After the fireworks, Sticks & Stones will return to the stage for an encore presentation. All performances will be held at the Martha Grace Reese Amphitheatre. 

A number of local vendors will be selling food and beverages on the campus grounds beginning at 6 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics for a fun-filled evening of music and entertainment. 

Alumni of COTC or Ohio State Newark are invited to a private reception in the John Gilbert Reese Center. The cost of admission is $10 and includes dinner, family events and reserved seating. Tickets must be purchased by June 22 and are available online at​ or by contacting Laura Walsh at 740-364-9514 or  

The annual Independence Day Concert and Fireworks is sponsored by COTC, Ohio State Newark and the Reese Family Foundation.

Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark have forged an outstanding array of educational opportunities for the central Ohio region and beyond. This partnership is viewed as a model for higher education in the state of Ohio.  At Central Ohio Technical College, students gain hands-on, applicable experience to begin working in the field, or to transfer those credits toward a bachelor's degree program. The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that's challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State's more than 200 majors.