July 4th Is A Great Time To Celebrate Family And History
By Cornelius Fusco
Yes, that summer classic celebration of all things red, white, and blue is just around the corner. I’ve already got my summer grillin’ down to perfection and can’t wait for the 4th of July and our traditional backyard BBQ and neighborhood party. Part of that celebration is ending the evening by watching fireworks and locally we have plenty of options to see some fantastic displays.
In Roswell, the 4th of July celebrations start with a Barbeque & Bluegrass event on the grounds of Barrington Hall. Barrington King, the original owner of Barrington Hall, threw a 4th of July barbecue every year for his family and friends. In 2015, the staff of Barrington Hall revived this fun, patriotic tradition. Barbecue, beverages and desserts will be available for purchase from the Mill Kitchen Restaurant and Bar. The Smokerise Bluegrass Band will provide music. This starts at 11am and will run until 4pm. Barrington Hall is located at 535 Barrington Drive in Roswell. Additionally, the fireworks display in Roswell is held at Roswell High School and those festivities begin at 5:30pm.
Alpharetta has their fireworks display at Wills Park. Those events begin at 6pm with the Alpharetta City Band performing traditional patriotic tunes. Live bands and DJ’s spinning your favorite tunes afterward will provide the music. For the kids they will have inflatables, face painting and a children’s area with wristbands available for nominal fees. Food is also available from vendors throughout the park who will be serving a wide variety until 10pm. Wills Park offers plenty of places for viewing but a lawn chair is a must.
If you’re looking for a more full day of activities then Marietta Square is just the place for you. Celebrations begin early at 10am with a parade and celebration on the square. Over the course of the celebrations city officials anticipate over 75,000 people will attend the festivities that include food concessions, arts and crafts and carnival games.
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, civic organizations, beauty queens, scouts and local businesses. The parade begins at 10am 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. And don’t forget the fireworks that begin at 9:30pm.