The Freedom Parade will kick off Independence Day celebrations at 10 a.m., and there will be many other events in the Square all day Friday.
Floats, cars and high school bands will travel west on Roswell Street, where it begins at Roswell Street Baptist Church, and turn right at the Square onto Cherokee Street. The parade will end at the intersection of Cherokee Street and North Marietta Parkway.
“It’s a great event,” Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin said. “There’s a good air of excitement there.”
There are 100 entries in the parade, and about 2,000 people will participate in it.
The Marietta Police Department will show off its restored 1966 Ford Custom in the parade,” said Marietta Police Chief Dan Flynn.
“We’re going to proudly display this car wherever we can,” Flynn said.
The parade will last about 30 minutes, and it will include the Marietta Volunteer Marching Band, which is made up of current Marietta High School students and alumni and the Band of Champions All Star Band.
About 25,000 to 30,000 people are expected to watch from the sidewalks along the parade route, said Rich Buss, the city’s director of parks.
Last year, the parade was canceled because of weather, but about 25,000 people came to watch the parade in 2012.
Tumlin said he is excited to bring the parade back after last year’s cancellation.
“I didn’t know how precious that Fourth of July parade was until we didn’t have it,” Tumlin said. “It was like people didn’t have anything to do that day. Most people are going to appreciate it even more after seeing how the world was without one.”
Tumlin said he will be in the parade, along with his four grandchildren, Friday.
“It’s kind of like a little homecoming, and, being a local boy, I know a lot of folks along the way,” Tumlin said.
Other politicians will also take part in the parade, including Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal, who will walk with the Republican Party in the parade, Tumlin said.
Betty Hunter, who was on the Marietta City Council for 24 years from 1982 to 2005, will be the grand marshal of the parade. Hunter was scheduled to be marshal at last year’s parade, but since it was canceled, she was asked again, she said.
Tumlin said she was important to the community.
Hunter, who is the president of the Marietta Confederate Cemetery Foundation, said she is excited to take part in it again, something she did all 24 years as a councilwoman.
“You just don’t know what a thrill it is to ride down Roswell Street and onto the Square and see people waving the flags,” Hunter said. “I didn’t think I’d ever have the opportunity to do that again, so I’m just looking forward to the opportunity to see the people and wave the flag.”
Various veteran groups, such as the Georgia division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the American Legion and the Marietta VFW and Ladies Auxiliary will all take part in the parade. Boy Scout troops, Girl Scout troops and beauty pageant winners will also ride in the parade.
There will be 90 vendors serving food, as well as selling arts and crafts, in the Square from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Carnival games will be set up in Glover Park from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Other entertainment will take place in the Square throughout the day.
At noon, Scott Thompson, a comedian and actor, will perform onstage at Glover Park. At 2 p.m., the city will put on the National Bell Ringing Ceremony, followed by an awards ceremony for the floats in the parade.
Then, three musical acts will follow: Atlanta Concert Band will play at 2:30 p.m., Mary Kate Farmer will play at 7 p.m. and the John King Band will play at 8 p.m.
At dark — about 9:30 p.m. — the fireworks display will start. The fireworks will be shot from the First United Methodist Church parking lot.
Other events in Cobb County for the Fourth of July:
Kennesaw will celebrate Independence Day from 6 to 10 p.m. July 3 at Historic Train Depot on Cherokee Street in Kennesaw. Fireworks will go off at 9:30 p.m., and three tribute bands will preview the show: Night Fever, Stayin’ Alive and Satisfaction.
Powder Springs will celebrate at the town square on Pineview Drive from 4 to 10 p.m. July 4. Fireworks are scheduled to go off at 9:45 p.m., and Scott Thompson and The GLOW Band will perform before the show.
The city of Acworth will celebrate in Cauble Park with The Paul Hand Band beginning at 5:30 p.m. July 4 and the band Flashback playing at 8 p.m. At dark, about 9:30 p.m., fireworks will be shot over Lake Acworth.
Participants in the Marietta Freedom Parade:
• Marietta Police
• Marietta Fire Department
• Marietta First Baptist Scouts
• Mayor Steve Tumlin
• Anthony Coleman: Marietta City Council — Ward 5
• Michelle Cooper Kelly: Marietta City Council — Ward 6
• Philip Goldstein: Marietta City Council — Ward 7
• Marietta’s 150th Anniversary of Civil War Committee
• Georgia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans
• Gary Harris
• Roswell Street Baptist Church
• Northwest Atlanta Moms of Multiples
• WellStar Atherton Place
• Marietta Fire Department
• Marietta Wrecker
• Marietta Police Department
• Kelly’s Zeroes
• Georgia Military Vehicle Preservation Association
• American Legion Horace Orr Post 29
• Marietta Volunteer Marching Band Sponsored by Marietta High School
• Marietta City Schools
• Galloways On-Site
• 94.9 The Bull
• The Veterinary Clinic
• Miss Marietta Beauty Queens
• Ghost of Marietta Tours
• Historic Marietta Trolley
• Georgia Vietnam Veterans Alliance, Chapter One
• Zion Baptist Church
• Mobile Azalea Trail Maids
• Marietta YMCA Freedom Soccer Team U-16 Girls
• Ford Model A
• Ford Model Anone
• Ralph Bell
• The Royal Elites Drill Team
• Atlanta Classical Christian Academy
• Classic Glass Corvette Club of Marietta
• Life Well Lived Services, Inc.
• Marietta VFW and Ladies Auxiliary
• Merry Go Round Clown Troupe
• Georgia Regional Mustang Club
• Cub Scout Pack 287
• Run for Wounded Heroes
• Girl Scouts — Shooting Stars Service Unit
• Sons of the American Revolution — Sons of Liberty Chapter
• American Red Cross
• MUST Ministries
• Band of Champions All-Star Band
• Cobb County Board of Commissioners
• Cobb County Public Library System
• Cobb County 911
• Cobb County Fire
• Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund of Georgia
• Miss Cobb County Pageant
• League of Women Voters of Marietta-Cobb
• Providence Community Baptist Church
• David Purdue for U.S Senate
• Legends Elite Cheer
• Tug Technologies Corporation
• Barr Congress
• Chesley Brown International, Inc.
• Knights of Columbus Assembly 2161
• Loudermilk for Congress
• Floria Izadi State Farm Agency
• North Georgia State Fair Pageant
• Antron Johnson for Georgia State Senate
• Jim Nelson
• Angela Nowland & Lily Saborit
• Kennesaw Mountain Shrine Club
• Ann Harris for Cobb Superior Court Judge
• Marietta Elks Lodge #1657
• Mystical Parties — Princess and Superheros
• Committee to Elect Judge Juanita Stedman to Cobb Superior Court
• Georgia Sunburst Pageant
• Cobb County Masonic Convention
• Sparkles Family Fun Centers
• Committee to Election Bob Weatherford
• Democratic Party
• Olivia Jones — Americas Majestic Miss Jr. Princess
• The Manely Firm, P.C.’s Justice Cafe
• Cobb County Republican Party
• Miss Supreme Heart of March of Dimes and Baby Miss Cartersville
• Member of Goldwing Road Riders Association
• Libertarian Party of Cobb County
• Amanda Hill Miss U.S. United 2013
• Celebrate 2nd Amendment
• Ed Voyles Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
• Betty Gottberg
• No. 8 Farm