Lot of events in the area to celebrate the Fourth of July

Tue, 06/30/2009 - 4:06pm
By: The Citizen

The annual Peachtree City Fourth of July Parade begins at 9 a.m. and proceeds up Peachtree Parkway. The fire department expo returns this year. The event will take place at Drake Field from 2-4 p.m. The gathering at City Hall Plaza will start at 5 p.m. and he fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m.

The Let Freedom Ring ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. on the grounds of the Old Fayette County Courthouse in Fayetteville. The short, yet meaningful ceremony, will honor the men who signed the Declaration of Independence. Each state’s name and the names of the men from that state who signed the document will be read and a bell will be rung in recognition of their brave act. The Marquis de Lafayette Chapter Sons of the American Revolution will provide a color guard that will post the colors and provide a musket salute. The ceremony lasts about twenty minutes. Bring lawn chairs for seating. The ceremony is sponsored by the James Waldrop Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution in Fayetteville.

The PTC TEA Party Rally will feature guest speakers Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, Ret. Col. Ben Malcolm, Marty Harbin and Herman Cain. The rally will take place at the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater from 4-5:30 p.m.

The Peachtree Wind Ensemble will continue to perform their “Pops and Pizza” summer concert series at Partners II Pizza in Peachtree City at 7:30 p.m.

Main Street Newnan has big plans for this year’s Fourth of July. In addition to the annual parade and fireworks, the community will be able to enjoy Market Day, The Annual Homemade Ice Cream Festival, attractions from Starwalk Enterprises and Music from Pickin’ on the Square. Market Day will kick off at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning and continue throughout the day. Over 60 vendors will be around the Courthouse Square showcasing the best homemade, homegrown and handmade items in the area.

 The Annual Homemade Ice Cream Festival with area non-profits will begin at noon, selling their best homemade ice cream for $1 a scoop. Main Street Newnan will hold a judging at 12:30 p.m. for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd best flavor.

“The Annual Homemade Ice Cream Festival is not only a fun time to sample some of the best homemade ice cream around, it is also a great opportunity for local organizations to raise money for a good cause,” said Ashley Daniel, Main Street Coordinator.

 Starwalk Enterprises will be setting up several rides and attractions on South Court Square beginning at noon. Tickets will be sold for $1, with the number of tickets varying by ride. Tickets can be purchased during the event in the attractions area.

“Some of the attractions coming from Starwalk include the Spin Out Ride, The Turbo Swing and The Monkey Bungee Trampoline,” said Main Street Newnan’s Linda Kee. “This is definitely going to be a fun addition to the day’s events!”

 Musicians from Pickin’ on the Square, an event held the second Saturday of every month, will be performing acoustically throughout the day.

The Annual Fourth of July Parade will begin at 6 p.m. with the Grand Marshal being the Veteran’s Memorial Park Committee. The parade route will begin on the corner of Temple Avenue and Jackson Street and continue through downtown to end at Newnan High School.

“This year’s Fourth of July will be a celebration of our wonderful country and those who have fought for our freedom. We hope the community will come out and celebrate with us!” said Kee.

Fireworks will follow the parade at dusk at Drake Stadium.

Main Street Newnan will premier a new promotion called “Win the Window” at this year’s Fourth of July festivities. The window will be located on South Court Square in the old Globe building.

The window, themed Summer Stay-cation, will be filled with items from Main Street merchants and will value at over $1,000. Participants will have the chance to win everything in the window.

“The merchants have all given really great items for the window, each item worth $50 or more!” said Samantha Hinze, Main Street President.

The first step to register for “Win the Window” is to view the window on South Court Square and read the list of participating merchants. Next, they will need to visit the participating merchant’s stores, find out the retail value of the items on display in the window and fill out those amounts on their entry form.

Once the entry form has been filled out completely, participants can submit their form into the drop box located on South Court Square by the window.

“Molly Morrow at M. Cole Design has come up with a really cool “Win the Window” logo that we will be placing in the stores of participating merchants. So be on the look-out!” said Ashley Daniel, Main Street Coordinator.

The “Win the Window” promotion will kick off July 4th and the winner will be revealed Saturday, August 1 at Market Day on the square.

Participants must be 18 or older to register and all valid entry forms must be filled out completely. Only one entry form may be submitted per person.

For those who have not visited Margaret Mitchell House in some time and are curious about the new enhancements, or for those seeking fun holiday weekend activities that are both inexpensive and designed for the entire family, a visit to Margaret Mitchell House during their free Fourth of July weekend celebration may be a best bet.

 From 12-5 p.m. on July 4 and 5, guests are invited to enjoy free admission to the Margaret Mitchell House complete with family-fun activities including tours of Mitchell’s apartment; new exhibitions exploring Mitchell’s life, her novel, and the popular film adaptation; hand-cranked ice cream; period dancing; croquet and other period games; Gone With the Wind trivia and prizes; a living history performance of Mitchell’s newspaper career; face painting; and arts and crafts.  Plus, food and beverages will be available for purchase from Mary Mac’s Tea Room.  

 Centennial Olympic Park’s 4th of July Celebration offers a full day of fun and entertainment for the entire family including Atlanta’s best fireworks display.

 The annual festivities in the Park begin early with children’s activities from 12– 5 p.m. including arts and crafts, face painting, performances, inflatables, stilt walkers and more! Visitors can also relax on the Great Lawn and cool off in the world famous Fountain of Rings.

The free musical entertainment begins at approximately 5 p.m. with the popular, local band Stokeswood. The Stokeswood sound, named after a downtown Atlanta street, is based on strong acoustic and electric guitar licks. Following at 6:30 p.m. is a performance from the Infinity Show Band, one of the Southeast’s premier entertainment bands. Enjoy a little taste of everything, as the band performs Motown, R&B, country, rock ‘n’ roll, Latin, big band, contemporary and jazz hits.

The headliner at 8 p.m. is American rock band, Vertical Horizon, best known for their hit singles “Everything You Want” and “You’re A God.” The band will perform their new single “Save Me From Myself” from Burning the Days, their highly anticipated, new album being released in August.

 The finale of the evening is the AirTran Airways Fireworks Spectacular, a truly amazing show framed by the Downtown skyline and synchronized to a special selection of patriotic music. The award-winning display is televised on 11Alive WXIA-TV and the soundtrack is simulcast on Q100.

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