The flags are already waving on Marietta Square. All that’s missing are the marching bands, the floats and the roaring crowd.
The stage is set for Marietta’s red white and blue Let Freedom Ring parade, kicking off a day of patriotic celebrations in the city’s downtown July 4.
The parade will step off at Roswell Street Baptist Church at 10 a.m., then head west on Roswell Street, north on East Park Square past Glover Park, down Cherokee Street, and ends at North Marietta Parkway.
The parade will feature marching bands, civic organizations, beauty queens, local businesses and more.
The Let Freedom Ring Parade will feature 110 entries, 2,000 participants and an estimated 30,000 spectators. It will be led by Marietta’s most famous retired mailman, Floyd Martin, who made national headlines when the people on his route gave him a trip to Hawaii to celebrate his years of friendly service.
Mayor Steve Tumlin said the Fourth of July parade is one of his favorite times to be on the Square.
“I just thoroughly enjoy the atmosphere, how the people line up on the Square,” he said. “You see a lot of familiar faces in same places. A lot of times, you’ll see two or three generations together in a family coming up Roswell Street from from the church, then the bigger crowds on the Square all the way to the Loop, and then you get all the energy from the people who ran in the Peachtree Road Race who come back and show off their T-shirts. It’s just a good family celebration of our country.”
Following the parade will be a day of festivities, including an arts and crafts show, concessions and carnival games, from 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
The event will conclude with a fireworks show that will begin at dark.
But Cobb’s Independence Day celebrations don’t end with Marietta. Here’s a rundown of fun ways to spend the Fourth.
Sunday, June 30
Coca-Cola July 4th Fest
WHAT: Six Flags Over Georgia will have the Coca-Cola July 4th Fest. Each day, the park will have select rides and attractions available to ride one hour before the park opens, if participants come to the park with a can of Coca-Cola. The specific rides will be Twisted Cyclone, Georgia Scorcher, Dare Devil Dive, Goliath, Crime Wave, Batman: The Ride, Mindbender and The Joker Chaos Coaster. Each night, the park will have a fireworks show. Participants can purchase Hurricane Harbor VIP Event tickets to get the best seat in the house. Fireworks will start at dusk.
WHEN: June 30-July 4
WHERE: Six Flags Over Georgia, 275 Riverside Parkway SW in Austell
God and Country Celebration
WHAT: Roswell Street Baptist Church will have its annual God and Country Celebration featuring the Roswell Street Choir and Orchestra and guest speaker Maj. Juan Scott of Dobbins Air Force Base. The theme will be “His Truth Is Marching On!” The church will spend time celebrating all that is “Americana,” but will also spend time in prayer over the nation.
WHEN: June 30, 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Roswell Street Baptist Church, Worship Center, 774 Roswell Street Se in Marietta
INFO: 770-424-9800 or roswellstreet.com
Wednesday, July 3
Salute to America
WHAT: The City of Kennesaw’s 2019 pre-Independence Day celebration, Salute to America, will feature music and fireworks. There will be two stages of live music, festive street entertainment, food vendors and activities for children. Paul Hand Band will perform on the Depot Stage from 6 to 7 p.m. The Paul Hand Band is a live rock and pop group whose music consists of 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s cover songs. Band X will take the Depot Stage from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Formed in early 1996, Band X is a party band based in Atlanta delivering renditions of 60’s soul, 70’s disco, 80’s retro, 90’s dance classics and pop tunes of today. Daniel Lieving will perform from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Main Street Stage. Lieving is an independent singer/songwriter with a genre blending style from Cartersville. The Weekend Getaway Band will take the Main Street Stage from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The Weekend Getaway Band offers a combination of Jazz, Soul, Funk and “rhythm and groove.” The fireworks show, beginning at 9:30 p.m., will be visible from Adams Park Depot Park and along Main Street. In the event of inclement weater, the fireworks will be rescheduled for July 8.
WHEN: July 3, 6 to 10 p.m.
WHERE: Downtown Kennesaw, 2829 Cherokee Street in Kennesaw
COST: Free admission
INFO: www.kennesawjuly3.com, www.kennesaw-ga.gov or 770-423-1330
Thursday, July 4
Acworth July 4th
Concert & Fireworks
WHAT: The City of Acworth and the Acworth Business Association will have live music and fireworks at Cauble Park.
WHEN: July 4, 4 to 10 p.m. Live music will start at 5:30 p.m. Fireworks will start at 9:30 p.m., depending on weather.
WHERE: Cauble Park in Acworth
COST: Admission is free. Six-chair concert table reservations are $50 each for City of Acworth residents, $70 non-residents and come with one parking pass, which allows parking at Cauble Park as long as spots remain. Parking at the Park is by pass only on July 4, but passes do not guarantee parking. Those that park at the Park will not be permitted to leave once the fireworks have begun. Parking is also available downtown. Shuttles will not be running for this event. Handicap parking will be available at McCall Primary School and a shuttle will be provided, starting at noon, for handicap attendees.
City of Marietta’s Fourth in the Park
WHAT: The City of Marietta’s Fourth in the Park celebration will feature a parade, live concerts, museum tours, an arts and crafts show, food, carnival games and a fireworks finale. The Let Freedom Ring Parade will feature 110 entries, 2,000 participants and an estimated 30,000 spectators. The parade will begin at Roswell Street Baptist Church and travel west on Roswell Street, north on East Park Square past Glover Park and Marietta Square, down Cherokee Street and end at North Marietta Parkway. Parade entries include marching units from the City of Marietta, civic organizations, beauty queens, scouts and local businesses.
WHEN: July 4. The event schedule will be the Let Freedom Ring Parade at 10 a.m.; a festival consisting of arts and crafts, Kid’s Zone and festival food from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; a concert featuring Scott Thompson at noon; a Bell Ringing Ceremony at 2 p.m.; a concert featuring Atlanta Concert Band at 2:30 p.m.; a concert featuring Chris Stalcup at 7 p.m.; a concert featuring A1A — The Official and Original Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show from 8 to 9:30 p.m.; and fireworks at dark.
WHERE: North Park Square of Marietta Square
COST: Concert table reservations are $100 for 8-top tables and $80 for 6-top tables. To reserve a table, call 770-423-1330 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
INFO: www.mariettaga.gov/194/Fourth-of-July-Celebration or 770-794-5601.
Bird’s Eye Parade View
WHAT: The Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre will have Bird’s Eye Parade View. Participants can watch the City of Marietta’s Let Freedom Ring Parade from The Strand’s rooftop for a bird’s eye view of the floats, marching bands, beauty queens and military outfits. Cash bar for morning beverages.
WHEN: July 4, 9 a.m. to noon. Parade starts at 10 a.m.
WHERE: Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square in Marietta
COST: $10. It is recommended that participants purchase tickets in advance as the event usually sells out quickly.
on the Fourth
WHAT: The Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre will have Fireworks on the Fourth. Participants can watch the City of Marietta’s fireworks from the fourth level Cobb Terrace with a cocktail.
WHEN: July 4, 6 to 11 p.m.
WHERE: Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square in Marietta
COST: $25. It is recommended that participants purchase tickets in advance as the event usually sells out quickly.
INFO: earlsmithstrand.org/ or 770-293-0080
FreedomFest at The Aviation Wing
WHAT: The Aviation Wing will host FreedomFest 2019. There will be live music, food, games, aircraft tours and fireworks. Participants can also shwo their patriotism and appreciation to the men and women that serve the nation by writing a personal message of freedom’s meaning on the Freedom Wall. At dark, participants can view the City of Marietta’s fireworks, which will be only 1.67 miles away.
WHEN: July 4, noon to 10 p.m.
WHERE: The Aviation Wing, 555 Perrin Road, Marietta
COST: Free admission, but donations are appreciated. Online donations can be made to the-aviation-wing.square.site/product/FreedomFest/84?cs=true.
SpringsFest on the 4th
WHAT: The Powder Springs Business Group in partnership with The City of Powder Springs will present SpringsFest on the 4th. There will be local vendors and artisans, entertainment, a DJ, live performances and a Kids Zone featuring bouncy houses, a game truck, face painters, kids games, food trucks and fireworks.
WHEN: July 4, 4 to 10 p.m.
WHERE: Ballpark at Powder Springs City Center, 3899 Brownsville Road, Powder Springs
Inter-Faith 4th of July 5K Celebrating
WHAT: Celebrate the 4th of July with a family-friendly, multi-faith 5K celebrating the Second Amendment and our religious freedom. The race begins at the Due West Methodist Church in Marietta and ends at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Hadaway Road in Kennesaw. Commemorative T-shirts available online. Awards for top 3 finishers by age and gender. At the finish line there will be a free pancake breakfast for all, family-friendly activities, bouncy house, flag raising and awards ceremony.
WHEN: July 4, 8 a.m.
WHERE: Due West Methodist Church, 3956 Due West Road NW, Marietta
COST: Registration is free.
INFO: Register online at www.facebook.com/first amendment5k.
Hourly Museum Tours
WHAT: Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park will have Hourly Museum Tours given by a combination of rangers and volunteers. Each tour lasts approximately 30-45 minutes and begins in the Visitor Center.
WHEN: July 4, 10 a.m., 11, noon, 1 and 2 p.m.
WHERE: Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive in Kennesaw.
INFO: 770-427-4686, ext. 0 or visit www.nps.gov/kemo
Cobb County Republican Party Annual July 4th BBQ and Straw Poll
WHAT: The Cobb County Republican Party will host its annual July 4th BBQ and Straw poll featuring Williamson Brothers BBQ and the chance to meet and hear from elected officials/candidates on the local, state and federal level. Attendees will also be able to vote in the straw poll for Congressional District 6 and chairman of the Cobb County Commission. There will also be special games for children.
WHEN: July 4, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WHERE: Cobb County Civic Center, 548 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta
COST: Advance tickets are $20 for Cobb GOP Members and $25 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $30. Children’s tickets are $5 for children age 5-11. Children under 5 are free.
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