New for July 4 parade: No motors allowed

Motorized vehicles will not be allowed in this year’s Fourth of July parade in downtown Newnan, according to city officials.

On Friday, Main Street Newnan announced a new format – and shortened route – vastly different than in years past. The 2014 parade will allow families with young children ages 2-10 to participate in the event, said Main Street Director Courtney Collins.

“We feel that this is especially important, and is an important detail that we have overlooked, as our past parade organization did not consider the safety of young children,” she said.

“Although the marching band and color guard will initiate the parade, the young children will also be a major feature of the parade,” she said. “Here, parents will pull children in wagons, and the little ones will ride bikes, power wheels, big wheels, scooters, etc., and they will do so in progression behind the marching band and color guard.”

Businesses will most likely follow the progression of the children, Collins said.

“To ensure that we prioritize around the safety of these young families, we had to modify some of the parade’s regulations,” she said. This year’s parade will be non-motorized to ensure smaller children don’t get hit by a vehicle, she said.

“We encourage all businesses and organizations to participate with their traditional esteem and décor, but we ask that you modify your arrangement to be facilitated by an electric powered golf cart, by bike, or by foot,” Collins said. “We want to ensure that small children are visible, and that the speed is slower than what may be produced by gas powered motorized transport.” As a non-motorized parade, Main Street has shortened the route. The parade will start at Veterans Memorial Plaza – in the city park at Temple Avenue and Jackson Street – and the progression will begin at 9 a.m.

“We ask that participants arrive around 8:30, and there is no registration necessary,” said Collins.

The parade will end at the south end of downtown at Greenville Street Park. “We encourage all interested participants to use the City Hall parking lot for easy access in, and out,” Collins said. In the recent past, many communities have modified their parades in this manner, Collins noted.

“We have had numerous families voice an interest in participation. It is our sincere sentiment that the Fourth of July parade is a tradition that is important for the future generations of our community to experience,” she said.

“As our vibrant community grows to feature numerous holiday destination zones, we want to ensure that families are still utilizing the downtown district to meet this need, where we will impact the future leaders of our city,” Collins said.



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