Delayed Independence Day celebration tonight

The Newnan Rotary Club will be watching the skies as it plans to hold its rescheduled annual Independence Day celebration and fireworks show tonight.

The free event - rescheduled due to last week's heavy rain July 3 and 4 - has preshow activities starting at 6 p.m. at Drake Stadium at Newnan High School on LaGrange Street. The fireworks show will be at nightfall. Families are invited to bring the youngsters and a blanket to spread on the grass, or sit in the stands.

The weather forecast from the National Weather Service in Peachtree City as of Friday afternoon showed a 40 percent chance of rain today and tonight.

It calls for a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11 a.m., and some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Otherwise it should be mostly cloudy, with a high near 84 and calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph.

Ton ig ht t he National Weather Service is calling for scattered showers and thunderstorms, some of which could produce heavy rainfall. It will continue to be mostly cloudy, with a low around 69 and east wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation tonight is 40 percent.

Tonight's planned fireworks extravaganza will be the 28th annual Independence Day celebration at Drake Stadium. It is sponsored by the Newnan Rotary Club, Coweta County, the City of Newnan, Coweta County Schools and Coweta businesses.

Before the fireworks, there will be concessions, live music, and family entertainment including the Musicology band featuring Doug Kees, Riley Hoskins, Bob Boyce, Patrick Thompson, Tony Boyd and special guests.

'This is one of the biggest events in Coweta County and one of the best Independence Day events in the state of Georgia,' said Walt Thompson, Newnan Rotary Club president. 'We still want to celebrate America's freedom, and we hope everyone can join us tonight.

The event was rescheduled because of severe weather forecasted for July 3.

The storm forecast also forced the city of Newnan to cancel the 4th of July parade because of safety concerns for parade entries, attendees, volunteers, and staff.



More Local

Home Safe

Alarm over missing child a simple mixup

County and city authorities were happy to locate a 5-year-old child safe and sound after she was reported missing on Wednesday. All four pub ... Read More


Luminaria fundraiser

Neighborhood rallies for Coweta Samaritan Clinic

More than 100 residents in one Newnan neighborhood are planning to participate in their first annual luminaria fundraiser. On Tuesday at 6:3 ... Read More


UWG Newnan: Finish line in sight

University of West Georgia’s new campus in Newnan will be substantially complete in January, according to Newnan City Manager Cleatus ... Read More


TB patient won’t be coming to Coweta County

The tuberculosis patient who is currently being held in the Troup County Jail for refusing to take his medication is no longer contagious, b ... Read More


Coweta Commission

Cemetery discovery disrupts bypass extension

Crews doing clearing for the Newnan Bypass Extension project discovered a gravestone, and 49 graves were eventually located. The road will b ... Read More

Four arrested in marijuana bust

Four people were arrested Tuesday after authorities with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at a home in Newna ... Read More