Stormy weather puts events on hold around Cobb
by Lindsay Field
July 03, 2013 12:25 AM | 11523 views | 1 1 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Flooding up to the hoods of cars at the underpass at Cobb Parkway and I-285. (Photo from Julia Reynolds at FOX-5)
Flooding up to the hoods of cars at the underpass at Cobb Parkway and I-285. (Photo from Julia Reynolds at FOX-5)
MARIETTA — With the exception of events planned by two Cobb political parties, it appears that all Fourth of July festivities planned for today will be a complete washout.

Most have been postponed because of flash flood warnings and potential all-day storms, and cities are rescheduling the events for later this month and next month.

Here is a roundup of the events.

Marietta cancels parade

The city of Marietta made the decision Wednesday to postpone its fireworks show and cancel the “Let Freedom Ring” parade and arts and crafts festival.

“With severe weather conditions forecast for Marietta … city staff has canceled the Fourth of July parade and evening fireworks to ensure the safety of spectators and participants,” a news release from the city states. “The city will be working on alternative dates for the fireworks display.”

The parade and arts and crafts festival will not be rescheduled.

Residents can find information on the city’s website at, Facebook and Twitter pages, or call (770) 794-5601 for updates.

Kennesaw resets for Aug. 3

The city of Kennesaw’s “Salute to America” concert and fireworks, originally scheduled for Wednesday, is rescheduled for Saturday, Aug. 3.

The rescheduled Fourth of July festivities included free performances by Hollywood Nights, a New Jersey-based tribute to Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band at Depot Park starting at 7:30 p.m. The opening act will be 129 & Counting, a barbershop quartet, who will start at 6:15 p.m.

Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. and will be visible from several locations throughout downtown Kennesaw.

For more information, visit

Acworth reschedules events

The city of Acworth rescheduled its annual concert and fireworks for Friday, July 19.

Festivities will begin at 5 p.m., with the music from the Paul Hand Band followed by a tribute to the military at 7:45 p.m. The band Flashback will take the stage at 8 p.m., and fireworks will begin at dark. Anyone interested in attending the event can visit, follow the city on Twitter at @aprd or @acworthpolice, or like “Acworth Parks, Recreation and Community Resource Department” or “Acworth Police Department” on Facebook.

The city will use the hashtag “#AcworthFireworks” to post the most up-to-date information on the rescheduled event.

Powder Springs still mulling reset of events

The 18th annual Independence Day Celebration, which was set to include live entertainment, food vendors and a fireworks show, was postponed, but a reschedule date had not been set as of press time.

“The number one responsibility of government is to assure the safety of its citizens; therefore, given the current and forecasted inclement weather conditions, we believe it is in everyone’s best interests to postpone the celebration until a later date. Once we determine the rescheduled date, we will inform the community,” the city website states.

For more information, visit

Six Flags events rescheduled The festivities at Six Flags Over Georgia in Austell were rescheduled for Saturday, July 6. This includes rides, attractions, games and a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.

Cobb Republican Picnic a go

The annual Republican picnic, which is scheduled to be from 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Jim Miller Park on Callaway Road in Marietta Thursday, has not been canceled.

Gov. Nathan Deal and his wife, Sandra, as well as U.S. Rep. Tom Price and four candidates for U.S. Senate, Phil Gingrey of Marietta, Jack Kingston of Savannah, Karen Handel of north Fulton and Paul Broun of Athens, will all be in attendance.

There will also be music and a silent auction. Williamson Brothers Bar-B-Q is serving barbecue.

Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for children at the door.

For more information, visit

Cobb Democrats Picnic a go

Cobb Democrats will have their annual Herb Butler Independence Day Picnic at the IAM Local 709 Union Hall off South Marietta Parkway near Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta.

The event will be from noon to 5 p.m. and the annual picnic includes lunch and arts and crafts vendors.

Entry to the picnic is $10 per person or $5 for kids.

For more information, visit

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Joe Bozeman
July 03, 2013
Good move Kennesaw. After last Wednesdays fireworks show at city hall, I believe the city can use some peace and quite.
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