After a long, cold winter and wet and chilly spring, many of us are relieved to finally see the May flowers and warmer weather. This month marks the end of the school year for many districts in our area and the anticipation and excitement of the summer season.

High school seniors at all three of our Olentangy Local High Schools — Olentangy, Orange and Liberty — will be celebrating their high school graduation ceremonies on May 20. We wish them the best of luck as they close this chapter of their lives and embark on the next adventure, whether it be starting college, joining the military, or entering the work force.

To kick off summer, the North Orange Aquatic Center opens for the 2018 season on May 22. If you haven’t purchased your summer pass yet, you can still do so on the township’s website, or in person at the township office. Swim lessons will also be offered at the pool this summer.

The month will end with Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer, and the traditional Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony will be held on May 28 in Powell. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. in downtown Powell, with a ceremony immediately following at The Greater Powell Veterans Memorial in Village Green Park.  If you’re planning a picnic, family reunion or graduation party this weekend or any other time during the summer, don’t forget that you can reserve the shelters at North Orange Park and at the township office. These beautiful, convenient spaces are made available exclusively for Orange Township residents.

The summer traditions continue with the 4th of July parade on July 4. Due to the continued construction work on South Old State, this year’s 4th of July parade route will be the same as 2017’s. It will start at Orange High School and continue down Walker Wood Blvd, finishing at Walker Wood Park. 

Sponsored by Goddard and organized by Adventure Church, the parade is a patriotic event to share with family and friends. It continues to grow each year thanks to our many sponsors, volunteers and participants! If you would like to participate in the parade, please visit the parade’s website at We are looking for floats, walkers, or decorated vehicles that represent our businesses, HOAs, veterans, neighborhoods, schools, teams, churches or anyone with special talents in our community.  Everyone is welcome, and the more involvement we have, the more memorable and fun it is for everyone! Whether you are a spectator or a participant, we hope you will be a part of this memorable tradition! 

Have a safe and fun end of the school year and great beginning of summer!

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