Fourth of July events scheduled for Friday
Bring your family, friends and morning coffee to Newnan’s annual Fourth of July Parade on Friday.
This year, the parade will begin at 9 a.m. from Veterans Memorial Plaza at Jackson Street and Temple Avenue and move through the Court Square south to Greenville Street Park.
Walkers, strollers, bike enthusiasts, businesses and groups are all encouraged to participate.
There is no fee to participate and registration is required only for motorized vehicles from groups and businesses.
There is an effort this year to increase community involvement by allowing children of all ages to march and ride in the parade.
“We welcome you to join us on the Fourth of July as a walking participant in the downtown parade,” said Courtney Collins, Main Street manager.
Families are welcome to use any non-gasoline powered vehicles and to walk or to peddle bikes and trikes in the parade. To participate, meet at Veterans Memorial Plaza at 8:30 a.m. on July 4.
Look for some new participants to this year’s Newnan parade, including the Buffalo Soldiers – veteran soldiers with horse-drawn wagons and carriages, and the Winged Ambassadors with their Birds of Prey float.
Coweta veterans will be distributing small flags.
For specifics visit www.mainstreetnewnan.com or contact Main Street Manager Courtney Collins, 770-253-8283 or email Ccollins@cityofnewnan.org .
Other area Independence Day events:
• Moreland’s annual Puckett Station Arts and Crafts Festival returns during the morning and afternoon on Friday.
• Moreland July 4 Barbecue – Moreland’s Puckett Station festival and celebration is held in conjunction with a barbecue sponsored by area churches for more than 60 years. Serving officially starts at 11 a.m. at the Lewis Grizzard Memorial Barbecue Pavilion behind the Moreland Mill, but regulars know to be in line by 10:30. Plates are $8 each.
• In Grantville, David Wilson will again present his one-man drama about the nation’s first president, George Washington. Presentation is 4 p.m. on Friday at John C. Meadows log cabin, one of the oldest surviving dwellings in Coweta County. Some of Wilson’s ancestors lived in the cabin, located in the park near Grantville’s ball fields.
• Coweta’s community fireworks extravaganza is July 4 evening at Newnan High’s Drake Stadium off LaGrange Street. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. Concession stands open 6 p.m. with hot dogs, popcorn and soft drinks. Doug Kees, joined by guest former Newnanite Brian Wright, an aspiring artist from Nashville, TN, will provide music 6:30-8:30 p.m. . State Rep. Lynn Smith and UWG Newnan Center Director Cathy Wright are emcees, and the Men of Cornerstone Quartet, a Southern Gospel quartet from Newnan, will perform patriotic selections.
• Haralson’s celebration of Independence Day is Saturday with a 6 p.m. parade and evening fireworks. Parade sponsors – walking groups, vehicles, floats – should contact Tinker Smith at 770-599-0602. Smith said parade participants will gather at Haralson Self Storage on Ga. Highway 85 at 5:30 p.m. The parade starts 6 p.m., moving down Highway 85 to Line Creek Road and circling to the city park across from First Baptist Church of Haralson. The fireworks will be ignited at the field off Shaddix Road. The display will be visible from the park and start about 9-9:15 p.m.