Changes in works for Newnan July 4 plans


Newnan Main Street has sponsored a parade for several years that started downtown and ended at Newnan High School, where the fireworks program is held. 

Coweta’s annual community fireworks extravaganza on July 4 will be held again this year – with a few changes from the past few years.

The Newnan Rotary Club has sponsored the celebration since it began 29 years ago. In addition, Newnan Main Street has sponsored a parade for several years that started downtown and ended at Newnan High School, where a fireworks display is held. Traditionally, the parade has ended shortly before a program of entertainment, which precedes the twilight pyrotechnics.

This year, Main Street is making some changes to the parade, including a shorter route that will end closer to downtown and a morning start time. “I don’t think changing the parade affects the fireworks program,” Muzio said recently.

The Rotary fireworks commitee recently met with Hasco Craver, business development director for Newnan. Meeting attendees concluded that locals will come to view the fireworks display regardless of when the parade is held. Sandy Wisenbaker, chairman of the Rotary fireworks committee, said the gates at Drake Stadium will open at 5:30 p.m.

Concessions stands will open a half-hour later. “Children can enjoy bounce houses on the stadium field,” Wisenbaker said. Doug Kees will provide music from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and Rotary “may have some special guest musicians,” Wisenbaker said. Lynn Smith and Cathy Wright are tentatively listed as emcees for the event – returning to posts they filled last year.

The fireworks display will begin at dusk – around 9:30 p.m. Plans will be announced next week for the July 4 celebration in Moreland, which includes a barbecue held annually for more than 60 years and the Puckett Station Arts and Crafts Festival.

For several years, there has also been an Independence Day celebration in Haralson, usually held the day before or after July 4. Haralson’s event has featured a parade, music and fireworks.

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