Celebrating our Nation’s Birthday – Right Here at Home!

american-flag-2a.jpg (JPEG Image, 640 × 480 pixels)Our cities in Cobb County make sure we don’t have to travel far to enjoy a parade, arts and crafts, music and entertainment and of course the grand finale FIREWORKS.  Included here are Acworth’s, Kennesaw’s Marietta’s and Powder Spring’s activities for July 3 and July 4. We wish you a safe celebration and enjoy the holiday.

Kennesaw kick’s things off on Wednesday July 3, on Main Street and the Depot in downtown Kennesaw.

Kennesaw’s July 3 Festivities

The City of Kennesaw’s Salute to America, Independence Day celebration will be held on Wednesday, July 3, and will feature FREE, high-energy live music and a streetmosphere of talented entertainers, plus one of the biggest and brightest star-spangled firework displays in North Georgia. The event is scheduled from 6 to 10 p.m. in downtown Kennesaw.

July3HollywoodNightsHollywood Nights, a New Jersey-based tribute to Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band, will be the music headliner. The band will present a free concert on the main stage at 7:30 p.m., which will include electrifying performances of classic hits such as “Old Time Rock and Roll” and “Against the Wind,” as well as well as lost gems like “Fortunate Son” and “Midnight Rider.” The opening act will be 129 & Counting, an internationally renowned barbershop quartet, who will perform timeless classics of American patriotism beginning at 6:15 p.m.

Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m., and will be visible from several locations throughout downtown Kennesaw.
Premium seating near the main stage is available. A table with six chairs can be reserved for only $75. With the exception of reserved tables, all seating will be general admission. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a blanket or comfortable low-back chair. Caution tape, ground tarps and lawn blankets may not be used to designate seating areas prior to 5 p.m. As a courtesy to others, shade umbrellas, canopies or any obstruction limiting the views of spectators will not be permitted in the general event area.
The main stage is located at  the Depot.  A family entertainment stage featuring local dance ensembles and music performers will be located on Main Street near the pedestrian underpass. Inflatables, attractions and food vending areas will be located along Main Street and Cherokee Street.

For more information and to reserve a table online, visit   www.kennesawjuly3.com; or call the Kennesaw Parks & Recreation Department at (770) 422-9714.

Let Freedom Ring! ~ Acworth’s July 4th Concert and Fireworks

acwJuly_4_Concert_and_Fireworks_030The City of Acworth and the Acworth Business Association are proud to present one of the largest fireworks extravaganzas in Metro Atlanta. On Thursday, July 4 there will be live music and fireworks at Cauble Park. Live music with the Paul Hand Band will start at 5:00 p.m. leading up to headliners “FLASHBACK” at 7:00 p.m. Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m.

Admission to the concert is free; however tables are available for the July 4 concert. Tables are $50 each for City of Acworth residents and $70 for non-residents. With the table you get 6 chairs and one parking pass. This parking pass will allow you to park at Cauble Park as long as spots remain available. Parking at Cauble Park is by pass only on July 4 but you are not guaranteed a parking spot at Cauble Park with this pass so please plan on arriving early.

If you do not have a parking pass or if the parking if full, you will need to park downtown and either walk or take a shuttle down to the park. The shuttle service is free. If you choose to park downtown, shuttles will pick you up at the city hall parking lot and the post office parking lot. Shuttles will begin running at noon. To purchase a table visit  www.acworthparksandrecreation.org  Please call (770) 917 – 1234 or visit www.acworthparksandrecreation.org for more information.


mariettaGrab your American flag, put on your red, white and blue, and celebrate America’s independence July 4, from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. with an Independence Day parade and celebration on the Square, free live concerts, arts and crafts show, food, carnival games and Superior Plumbing fireworks finale. Throughout the day, more than 80,000 people are expected to celebrate on the Square with great food, fun activities, the best arts and crafts around and free entertainment from different local entertainers and even Universal Republic Nashville Records country star- Greg Bates presented by 94.9 The Bull.


The Marietta Independence Day parade is scheduled to include more than 115 entries with more than 40 floats and approximately 2,000 participants. Entries include marching units from the city of Marietta, Air National Guard Band of the South, civic organizations, beauty queens, scouts and local businesses. The parade begins at 10 a.m. at Roswell Street Baptist Church and travels west on Roswell Street, north on East Park Square past Glover Park and the Square, down Cherokee Street and ends at North Marietta Parkway.

Crafts, food and carnival

Arts and crafts show with nearly 100 unique handcrafted vendors: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Food concessions: Anything to please the palate from ice products to cool you down to corndogs and BBQ to satisfy your appetite. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Kid’s Zone – huge interactive kids play area: 10 a.m.-dark; tickets for games available at booths located throughout the park
Entertainment schedule
Stage in Glover Park: 12 noon – Scott Thompson; 2:00 – Bell ringing ceremony; 2:15 – Float Award Ceremony; 2:30 – Free Local Entertainment; 7-8  – Free Local Entertainment; 8-9:30 – 94.9 The Bull presents Greg Bates
The Fireworks display is scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. and will be shot from the First United Methodist Church parking lot. If you want to watch the fireworks, make sure you get there early to grab a spot because traffic is expected to be heavy.

The Fourth all Weekend at The Strand!

One of America’s greatest pastimes is grabbing a warm, buttery popcorn, a Co-Cola and grabbing a show. This Fourth of July weekend, you have an opportunity to celebrate your independence at the historic Earl Smith Strand Theatre, whether you prefer the high energy of a live show, a patriotic parade, or watching a striking fireworks show unfold.

Bird’s Eye Parade View: Patriotic Parade and Mimosas

On the morning of July 4, parade-watchers can perch on The Strand’s rooftop, enjoying a Bird’s Eye Parade View of the floats, marching bands, beauty queens, and military outfits featured in this year’s Freedom Parade by City of Marietta. A cash bar will include Bloody Marys, Mimosas, Screwdrivers, and other morning beverages. Doors open at 9 a.m. and the parade starts at 10 a.m. Only 100 people will enjoy The Strand’s lofty view and admission is $10. It is recommended that guests purchase tickets in advance as the event has sold out in the past.

Fireworks on Fourth: The Sky’s the Limit

The Strand’s festive terrace is a spectacular venue to see the sky light up on July 4. Guests enjoy watching Marietta’s dazzling fireworks from the fourth level Cobb Terrace with a cocktail in hand. The view of thousands of people in the square’s streets is pretty unbelievable too. The fireworks will light the sky after dark, estimated to be between 8:30 and 9 p.m. and The Strand’s doors and bar will open at 6 p.m. Cobb Life Magazine recently named the terrace the “Best Place to See & Be Seen.” Admission is $15 and will be limited to 120 people.


fireworks_colorfulBring your chairs and blankets, relax, eat mouth-watering delights while enjoying entertainment on the big stage, let the kids play on a variety of interactive inflatable activities, then get ready for a tremendous patriotic program delivered by Mayor Pat Vaughn and finally end with a phenomenal fireworks show!   Can you think of a better way to celebrate our nation’s birthday? Bring your appetite because there will be plenty to choose from like corndogs, Philly cheese streaks, pizza, hotdogs, Italian sausage, chicken fingers, fries and more.  Then for dessert indulge in fried candy bars, funnel cakes, shaved ice, cotton candy, kettle corn, sno-cones, frozen pink lemonade, and smoothies. Festivities start in downtown Powder Springs at 4:00 p.m. Free Admission, Free Parking, Free concerts, and Free Fireworks.