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Wednesday, July 4, 2001

Plenty of ways to celebrate Independence Day


Happy Fourth of July. Today, you should have the day off.

Perhaps you are wondering how to spend your time and celebrate this holiday. There are many events going on locally today, including picnics, parades and fireworks.

Peachtree City starts the day with the Fourth of July Parade, which begins at 9 a.m. at Booth Middle School. At 3 p.m., the Fire Department will present its annual demonstration at Drake Field. Firefighters will demonstrate how the jaws of life are used and show off their ladder rescue trucks before concluding the event with a water battle at 4 p.m.

The celebration continues when the Peachtree Wind Ensemble community band performs at City Hall Plaza at 7:30 p.m. and the fireworks begin at 9 p.m.

There will be no public parking at the Wyndham Conference Center, City Hall or Picnic Park and no parking will be permitted along Ga. Highway 54. Parking will also be limited to one side of Battery Way during the fireworks.

There's a new Fourth of July celebration and picnic this year, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Fayette County. The fun lasts from noon to 7 p.m at the Kiwanis Fairgrounds on Goza Road. There will be food, games such as wheelbarrow races, three legged races, sack races and an egg toss, an antique car show, a flea market and performances from The Servers, Amber Tucker and Daddy's Money, and The Robert Barnes Band.

The Servers is a bluegrass gospel band that has been together for eight years. The group has played at many churches and bluegrass festivals and is currently working on its first CD. Amber Tucker is an up and coming singer who has been performing at Shadows in Peachtree City with her father, Darwin Conort. They will play an assortment of country covers and will be joined at the picnic by Larry Ivy on drums and Chris England on bass. The Robert Barnes Band is a Christian rock group that recently released a CD called "Elevator Music."

If you would like to head into Atlanta for festivities, go to the Salute 2 America Parade, 1-2:30 p.m. beginning at Centennial Olympic Park. Games, activities and concerts follow. The Chapel Choir and Orchestra from Dallas, Texas will perform and two Thunder Roadsters and the pace car from Atlanta Motor Speedway will be in attendance. There will be street performers and a "Paint A Mural" activity for kis of all ages.

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m., playing a wide-ranging selection of classical music, including the "William Tell Overture," "The Star Wars Suite," the "1812 Overture" and Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait." The fireworks will follow the concert and begin at 9 p.m.

If you really want to travel on the Fourth, Unicoi State Park will celebrate Independence Day mountain style. There will be field day activities and relays in front of the beach house from 1-4:30 p.m. There will be an old fashioned mountain hoe down at 8 p.m. at the Trading Post. Phone 706-878-3983.

However you decide to celebrate Independence Day, have a happy and safe holiday.



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