All-American PARADE
by Sally Litchfield
July 04, 2014 12:46 AM | 1823 views | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Marietta High School Band marches by The Strand Theatre while performing in the city of Marietta’s Fourth in the Park parade in 2012.<br>Staff/file
The Marietta High School Band marches by The Strand Theatre while performing in the city of Marietta’s Fourth in the Park parade in 2012.
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July Fourth in Marietta feels as all-American as Andy Griffith’s Mayberry. Put on your red, white, and blue and celebrate Independence Day today. Go to Glover Park in downtown Marietta Square for Marietta’s Fourth in the Park celebration.

The 4th of July parade begins at 10 a.m. followed by daylong events in Glover Park that include free live concerts, museum tours, arts and crafts show, food, carnival games, and fireworks finale that begin at dark.

“It’s a patriotic event. The holiday speaks for itself,” said Rich Buss, director of Parks, Recreation, and Facilities for City of Marietta.

About 35,000 people are expected to line the streets near the Square for the parade this year. The parade route begins at Roswell Street Baptist Church and continues west on Roswell Street, north on East Park Square past Glover Park down Cherokee Street, and ends at North Marietta Parkway.

The first July 4th parade was conducted in 1986 and has become a tradition in Marietta.

“People like the hometown atmosphere of the parade. They get to see a lot of their friends, neighbors and members of their churches, social clubs that participate in all the activities. The parade provides a real sense of community,” Buss said.

There are 87 official entries in the parade this year with everything from politicians, public safety personnel and service organizations to Marietta High School Marching Band. Veterans from WWII, Vietnam and other wars participate in the event.

“In some ways, it’s to come and support people who served our country. It goes to the sense of community and patriotism we have to come out and support those who have served us in the past,” Buss said.

Glover Park is at 50 N Park Square NE, Marietta.

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