2020 Crusin’ In The Hills 4th of July Celebration
The many traditions that surround Worthington Hills July 4 Celebration make it a highly anticipated and much-loved event. Prior to this year’s postponement, The Civic Association’s Parade Committee had dedicated countless hours to the planning of what would have been the 50th anniversary of this storied celebration. While we can now look forward to an unmatched line-up of events in 2021, with so many of our life activities being changed or restricted, it has become more important than ever to find a way to celebrate our patriotism and our community together on July 4. To that end, we are proposing an alternative celebration that would pull our community together while also keeping within the safety standards put forward by Gov. DeWine and his special task force.
The event would be called: “Cruisin’ on the 4th of July.”
There are several ways to participate to include all residents in a manner they are comfortable with.
The primary way to participate is for individual families to decorate their car or golf cart and be a part of a caravan that will “cruise” through the neighborhood at noon on July 4. There will be no theme, so families will be encouraged to be creative and decorate their vehicle in a manner that is appropriate and reflects what they feel is most important about the day and holiday. In addition to celebrating patriotism, some families may choose to honor First Responders, Military or even recognize the fantastic history this holiday holds in The Hills.
In terms of logistics: starting at 12:00pm on July 4, participants will be asked to wait at the end of their driveway (*see note below) in their decorated vehicle. Perry Township trustees and Chief Petrozzi have agreed to have Perry Township officers lead the cruise through Worthington Hills on a predetermined route. As the cruise passes a participants’ house, they will join at the end of the line. Once the route is complete and all participants have been “collected,” all will complete a final loop around Clubview. Upon the culmination, families will be asked to return to their homes before venturing back out into the community. This will help keep traffic orderly.
Families who prefer not to participate in the cruise will be encouraged to decorate their yard with signs, patriotic decorations, etc., and wave to the cruisers as they pass. It is the hope that this activity will be fun for families and appreciated by neighbors.
Of course, it is imperative that we follow safety guidelines during this event. We ask that all involved maintain social distancing in respective yards and vehicles and refrain from sharing the traditional 4th of July food and beverages. We also ask that squirt guns and water balloons not be used during the cruise; noisemakers, horns and confetti might be fun alternatives.
*Unfortunately, cul-de-sacs and some streets will not easily accommodate this volume of traffic and therefore, will not be included on the cruise route. However, families on these streets wishing to join the cruise should line up in their vehicles at the closest intersection that is included on the route and join the cruise as it passes.
It is our sincere hope that “Cruisin’ on the 4th of July” will provide a fun and unique way for Worthington Hills residents to join in celebrating our Country and Community in a safe, responsible and respectful way.
In addition, the civic association will be sponsoring a yard decoration/yard float contest. This contest encourages families in Worthington Hills to decorate their yards with patriotic yard signs, traditional 4th of July decorations, or to make a family yard float. Immediately after the 4th of July cruise, decorated yards will be judged for a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize award.
More details will follow when we release the official route. In the meantime, please feel free to contact us with any questions, comments, or suggestions.