Questioning changes to July Fourth parade

Having grown up here in Newnan and not having missed a Fourth of July Parade in this beloved town for as long as I can remember, I was sad to read of the changes for this year.

The Fourth of July has always had special meaning for me since I am so thankful for the freedom I have enjoyed all these many years, and it is a time of true celebration. I can’t imagine a Fourth of July without the big parade with the floats, the high school bands, the Honor Guard proudly carrying the flags, the decorated cars and trucks, the public safety vehicles, the Shriners, the Boy and Girl Scouts, and so much more.

Some years, the parade was longer than others, with more participation, but it was always a time of folks riding, walking and laughing and having a wonderful time. We didn’t care how big it was – vit was our parade. The families and friends who gathered on porches, on the steps of their yards and out in the yards making homemade ice cream and lemonade and waving flags – how I loved watching and cheering. All of that signified to me what Hometown America is all about. And certainly in that parade was always room for children to ride in wagons pulled by their parents or to run along with their folks following the Grand Old Flag.

Fourth of July in Newnan always meant sleeping a little later, drinking that second cup of coffee, watching the Peachtree Road Race on television, going to Moreland for the barbecue and visiting with all the friends there, splashing in a pool in the afternoon, and then going to watch the parade all the way to the stadium for the glorious program and fireworks. I am sorry to see this change, because, to me, some traditions should not be changed, and Fourth of July here in Newnan, as in the past, is a tradition.

As I have gotten older, I have seen so many changes, some good and some not so good. I will always be supportive of my hometown and wish those who made this huge change much luck in their upcoming endeavor. Wherever we are on that day, may we always think about just what this day means to America. Norma Haynes

Newnan



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