Food, fun and fireworks are in order tomorrow as hundreds are expected to gather at CERAland Park for July 4 festivities and to hear the Night Owl Country Band, who takes the stage lakeside at 7 p.m.

“Everybody always looks forward to CERAland fireworks,” says Matt Lee, lead singer for Night Owl Country Band. “They have one of the best shows in Columbus, I believe.”

Lee says the band loves playing CERAland, not only for the scenery and ambiance, but the people and energy they bring.

“We love playing CERAland on July 4,” Lee says. “As many know we are a very patriotic band and we love anything that has to do with the red, white and blue and celebrating our independence. We are full through red, white and blue.”

The guys say they will play a mix of old favorites, new tunes and, of course, some signature outlaw country.

Drummer Casey Johnson, who also celebrates his birthday on July 4, says until he was an adult, he never really paid much attention to the holiday other than it being day to celebrate another trip around the sun. However, as one ages, one gains knowledge, he says.

“No matter how you feel about the state of the country, it's an opportunity to get together and celebrate the things we do have, our freedoms, and each other,” Johnson says. “I think it's always a great thing when we get to come together and celebrate.”

And celebrate is exactly what they’ll do.

There will be plenty of activities going on throughout the park all day long, Lee says.

According to the CERAland web site, the day’s activities will include a several contests for everything from hot dog eating to who makes the biggest splash. There’s also tourneys for volleyball and cornhole. And if you are more of the reserved, quiet type who isn’t too much into physical activities there will also be a campsite decoration contest and the winner will be chosen following the fireworks.

“Go have a good time throughout the day and then join us at 7 p.m. and we lead it right up to the fireworks,” Lee says. “Our final song is ‘Country to the Bone’ and with the final note the fireworks will begin.”