Jaycees continue decades-long tradition with Stars and Stripes on the River


By Christine Holmes, News Director

The Zanesville Jaycees are preparing for their annual Fourth of July celebration.

The two-day event begins July 3 at Zane’s Landing Park in Downtown Zanesville with vendors opening at 6 p.m. and music beginning at 6:45 p.m. The evening’s activities conclude at 10 p.m.

The action picks back up again at noon on July 4 with the National Anthem, a proclamation reading and color guard demonstration. 

Food, beverages, music and family-friendly activities will continue throughout the day leading up to the fireworks show at dusk that can be seen all around the city. 

“It’s family oriented,” said George Walters, social media chairman for The Zanesville Jaycees. “You’re going to be able to come down with your family, not spend a lot of money and still enjoy a really good time, get to watch a lot of great bands and a lot of local musicians.”

In addition to live performances, carnival rides will also be assembled throughout the park. 

Although admission is free, any donations made during the event will be used to support The Jaycees’ charitable initiatives throughout the year, including Christmas for Kids and the scholarships awarded during Stars and Stripes on the River.

“We’re always giving back to the community, so this is one of the ways that we get to do that,” said Walters. 

The Zanesville Jaycees thank community sponsors for supporting Stars and Stripes on the River, including Platinum sponsors The Energy Cooperative, Dutro, Graham & Graham, North Valley Bank and Dominos. 

The full schedule of events is as follows:

July 3

  • 6 p.m. – Vendors open
  • 6:45 p.m. – Brandon Middleton
  • 8 p.m. – Lost Dogs
  • 10 p.m. – Conclusion

July 4

  • 12 p.m. – Vendors open
  • 12 p.m.  – National Anthem, Proclamation, Color Guard
  • 12:15 p.m. – Melissa Marie School of Dance 
  • 1 p.m. – Troy Willis
  • 2 p.m. – Gary Wisor
  • 3:30 p.m. – Yours For The Taking
  • 6:30 p.m. – Black Hand Hooch
  • Dusk – Fireworks
  • 11 p.m. – Conclusion