Acworth will be first to set off fireworks after July 4 washout
by Rachel Miller
July 11, 2013 12:10 AM | 3757 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — Independence Day will be celebrated through August and into September and October as cities and towns in Cobb County scramble to reschedule events that were washed out July 4.

Acworth will be the first Cobb County community to offer a large fireworks display after almost all Independence Day celebrations were washed out last week.

On the same day that Acworth canceled its festivities, the city set July 19 as the new date for fireworks, starting about 9:30 p.m.

Baily Arnaud, of the Acworth Parks and Recreation Department, said the city did not have a rainout date set in advance but the staff was able to make a quick decision.

At 5 p.m. in Cauble Park, the Paul Hand Band will play before headliners FLASHBACK start their set at 7 p.m.

Arnaud said that, despite the delay, the city expects the turnout to be about the same.

The last time Acworth had to reschedule its Fourth of July fireworks the attendance was still around 5,000 people, Arnaud said.

“We have people that come from all around,” he said.

Creative planning

• When Marietta canceled the “Let Freedom Ring” parade, along with its annual arts and crafts festival, there were no plans to reschedule those events.

Lou Boestfleisch, of the Marietta Parks and Recreation Department, said there is still no decision about a new date for the fireworks display, but expect an announcement in the next two weeks.

Boestfleisch said the event will have to be within six months for the city to honor the contract with the company hired to produce the display.

• Kennesaw will have its exact same roster of activities a month later than expected on Aug. 3.

The “Salute to America” at Depot Park will start at 6:15 p.m. with the barbershop quartet 129 & Counting.

At 7:30 p.m., Hollywood Nights, a New Jersey-based tribute to Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band, will perform, followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

• Powder Springs has turned last week’s cloudy situation into a benefit for an even larger event taking place this fall. The fireworks display was postponed and will now be part of the 175th anniversary of Powder Springs.

The all-day celebration Oct. 5 will feature live entertainment prior to the fireworks.

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