Barb Wilson, director of public information and engagement, said it has been 20 years since the township had a 4th of July event at VOA. West Chester hosted FunFest and Freedom Fest, first at McGinnis Park and then at VOA for many years.
The township is footing the bill — an estimated $10,000 to $20,000 — for the fireworks show this year.
Kerry Schall, festival liaison for ColdIron, said they are still navigating the effects of the pandemic planning this event, their third. The new owner of the Streets of West Chester wasn’t ready to host an event like this yet and local food vendors who always participated previously, can’t this year.
“In the past we used a bunch of local restaurants and it was kind of a taste of Butler County type thing,” Schall said. “However due to COVID most of these restaurants don’t even have the staff to do a restaurant, let alone an outdoor event like that.”
He said they will have a “ton” of different types of food from around 10 vendors, they have booked eight live bands and there will be kids entertainment.
“I think it may turn into a signature event for West Chester,” Trustee Lee Wong said. “We got food, we got good music, good atmosphere and the occasion is right and the venue is beautiful, it’s a national treasure.”
Summer events returning to West Chester include:
Memorial Day Parade at 10 a.m. on May 31 in Olde West Chester
Taps, Tastes and Tunes, July 2-4 at VOA
Union Centre Food Truck Rally, Aug. 13 on The Square
Shamrock Shuffle, Sept. 11 on The Square
A Tribute to Historic Barns of Ohio, Sept. 29 at the Muhlhauser Barn
The Farmers Market begins May 22 on The Square – every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Takeover concerts begin June 24 on The Square – every Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m.
Keehner Park concerts begin June 26 – every Saturday 7-9 p.m.