Lineup announced for Fourth of July celebration

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July 4th evening at Drake Stadium includes concessions of hot dogs, popcorn and soft drinks, bounce houses on the football field for the kids and musical entertainment with a patriotic touch before the fireworks at dusk.


Newnan’s Fourth of July parade is moving to 9 a.m. Friday in downtown Newnan, and on Friday evening the Newnan Rotary Club’s community summer celebration and Independence Day tribute will return to Newnan High’s Drake Stadium.

Officials this week announced the entertainment lineup for the celebration.

Newnan Rotary club kicks off festivities at 5:30 p.m., when the gates at Drake Stadium will open for family fun, musical entertainment and a patriotic tribute before the big fireworks show at dusk.

Doug Kees of Musicology will provide a musical backdrop from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and joining him will be former Newnanite Brian Wright, now of Nashville, TN.

Wright is an airline pilot who also enjoys writing and singing country music. He is married to the former Angela Carlisle, also from Newnan, who works in Nashville as a real estate agent. They have two children, Carlisle and Cole.

Wright dreamed of doing only two things with his life, flying airplanes and singing country music, according to his website – www.bigcityrocks.com. Taking the traditional route of creating music for the masses is not what he does, according to Wright. He has an unwavering dedication for revealing the truth in his lyrics, good or bad.

"I refuse to use an idea or rhyme because it fits or sounds cool. And what I say sometimes leaves the pros questioning my choices,” Wright said. “But what I do is real. Reality is not always perfect." Often-times he ends up combining his passions in song because of his "write it like you live it" approach, he said.

"This is the life I live, so this is the music I make. If I didn't have a job or a house and was partying in fields with girls and making out in the river, I guess I'd write those kinds of songs, but I doubt anybody does that," he said.

Wright’s first official release, the single "Summertime," came out in May.

A patriotic Independence Day tribute remembering the military and public servants and celebrating America’s freedoms will be presented before Friday evening’s fireworks. Returning as emcees are Cathy Wright of the University of West Georgia’s Newnan campus and State Representative Lynn Smith.

Honor Guard duty for the July 4th patriotic program will be performed by John Caldwell, Thomas Coursey and Ernie Menet of The Sergeant Clyde Thompson Medal of Honor Detachment #1325 of the Marine Corps League.

The Men of Cornerstone Quartet will add to the patriotic flavor around 9 p.m. before the fireworks with selections of “American Tribute,” “God Bless America” and the “Armed Forces Medley.”



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