The parade will begin at 10 a.m. in front of Roswell Street Baptist Church, marching its way down Roswell Street to the Marietta Square.
“We guesstimate having around 30,000 people,” said Maggi Moss with the city’s parks department. “It’s fabulous to go through, especially to see all the people on the sidelines watching.”
From start to finish, the parade should last about two hours, showcasing 98 entries, including the Backyard Brigade, Mobile Azalea Trail Maids, Marietta firefighters, the Marietta High School alumni band and multiple Boy Scout troops carrying a gigantic American flag.
Moss said the Backyard Brigade is always a crowd favorite.
“It’s a group of gentlemen from the Marietta area who come dressed in their hilarious attire and dance with their lawn chairs,” she said. “They are a hoot and a crowd favorite.”
There are six new entries this year, including Greater Community Church in Marietta and Marietta Square retailer, Fit for a Queen.
This year’s parade will start with the Marietta Fire Department’s Color Guard. Former Marietta City Councilwoman Betty Hunter was selected as the grand marshal.
“She received the most nominations and once we read what everybody said about her, we couldn’t help but select her,” Moss said.
Hunter was one of 15 people nominated for the spot.
In 2007, city staff banned participants from passing out flags. That won’t be a problem this year. The Lions Club will pass out American flags before the parade begins. Moss said the rule is that flags or candy can be handed out during the parade but not thrown to attendees. Moss said they can’t prohibit people from passing out pamphlets at the park but discourage it.
“We just ask that you please not harass anyone, and if someone doesn’t want the paperwork, please respect that,” she said.
The celebration continues
Following the parade, participants are welcome to hang around, have a picnic lunch with family or visit one of the 90 arts and crafts or food vendors.
Artists will be selling everything from jewelry and wood pieces to pottery and clothing.
Food vendors also will be on site, including the Fourth of July staple — barbecue — chicken and waffles, cold treats from the King of Pops, funnel cakes, lemonade stands and grilled corn.
“The arts and crafts festival and the food booths will be open at 10 a.m.,” she said. “That way if someone doesn’t necessarily want to watch the parade, they can go shopping or eat.”
After the parade, Scott Thompson will perform on the Glover Park stage at 12 p.m.; followed by the National Bell Ringing at 2 p.m.; musical performance by Unusual Suspects at 7 p.m.; recording artist Greg Bates will sing at 8 p.m.; and the fireworks show will begin at dark, or about 9:30 p.m.
Parade float awards will be announced at 2:15 p.m.
“It’s amazing and always so well attended,” said Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin. “My favorite thing is how family-oriented it is, and by being in it for several years, people tend to be in the same spot every year, so I know where to look for my friends.”
Participants can park at GracePointe Marietta Church at 505 Atlanta St. between 6 and 10 p.m. and take a free trolley ride to the Square. The trolley also will make stops at Roswell Street Baptist Church, 774 Roswell St., in the west side parking lot.
Beefed up security this year
Similar to the Taste of Marietta festivities in late April, security will be tightened up during this year’s all-day event on the Square.
Marietta Police Officer David Baldwin said they will have four officers patrolling on the three-wheeled electric cycles, in addition to extra officers on site.
“We have had a few meetings on all of the different security precautions,” he said. “There will be a lot more officers but I can’t say how many more at this time.”
As far as what can be brought to the event, Baldwin said police are not banning any items like coolers, large bags or strollers.
“Just remember to be patient and obviously really mind your personal property,” he said. “Also be very mindful of your children because there will be a ton of people out there and kids can wander off and get lost in a heartbeat.”
For more information, call the parks department at (770) 794-5601 or visit the city website at mariettaga.gov.
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4th of July events around Cobb
• Salute to America, a pre-Independence Day celebration, will feature Hollywood Nights, a New Jersey-based tribute to Bob Seger, and The Silver Bullet Band, will be the music headliner beginning at 7:30 p.m. on the stage near Main Street in downtown Kennesaw. The opening act, which will begin at 6:15 p.m., will be 129 & Counting, a barbershop quartet. Local dancers and musical acts also will be showcased during Wednesday’s festivities. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m., and will be visible from several locations throughout downtown Kennesaw. For information, go to kennesawjuly3.com.
• Fourth of July celebration at Cauble Park with live music and fireworks. The Paul Hand Band will start at 5 p.m. leading up to headliners FLASHBACK at 7 p.m. Fireworks will begin at about 9:30 p.m. Food vendors will be on site throughout the day. Admission to the concert is free; however, tables are available for the July 4 concert at $50 each for Acworth residents and $70 for non-residents. With the table, you get six chairs and one parking pass, which will allow you to park at Cauble Park as spots remain available. If you do not have a parking pass or if the parking lot is full, you can park downtown and either walk or take a free shuttle down to the park. Look for shuttle stop signs throughout downtown. Shuttles begin running at noon. To reserve a table, visit acworth.org.
• Residents are welcome to pay $5 and watch fireworks at the Park on Polk.
• The Marlow House in Marietta will be having a July 4th celebration from 7 to 10 p.m. Seats can be reserved at $10 per person by calling (770) 426-1887. Patrons can bring their own food and enjoy the fireworks.
• The annual Independence Day celebration is July 4th from 4 to 10 p.m. The event is sponsored by the city as well as Superior Plumbing and will take place at the Powder Springs Town Square in downtown Powder Springs. Admission is free, with more than 15 food vendors on site. Attendees encouraged to bring blankets to enjoy fireworks and live entertainment. For information, call (770) 423-1330.