Independence Day: Today — Cave Spring’s Annual Patriotic ‘Salute to America’ at 6 p.m. Photos from Lindale parade, Cave Spring events. July 3: Coke, Parks & Rec fire up the holiday at Ridge Ferry. Plus: Independence Day events

Independence Day: Today — Cave Spring’s Annual Patriotic ‘Salute to America’ at 6 p.m. Photos from Lindale parade, Cave Spring events. July 3: Coke, Parks & Rec fire up the holiday at Ridge Ferry. Plus: Independence Day events

Sheriff Tim Burkhalter with his family as he served as Grand Marshal for the Lindale Independence Day parade on Saturday. (photo from Burkhalter)
A wreath laying ceremony was held Saturday at the WWII memorial at Gilbreath Center in Lindale (photo from Tim Reynolds).
Folks pack downtown Cave Spring on Saturday for annual fireworks. (Facebook photo from Billy Abernathy)
Fireworks in Cave Spring on Saturday night.
(Facebook photo from Billy Abernathy)

HHPodcast Interview. Real Americana: The red, white and blue tradition that is Cave Spring’s Fourth of July Parade with founder Christa Jackson. Click the arrow in the box to your left or click here.



Cave Spring’s Annual Patriotic “Salute to America” will be Sunday at 6 p.m. at Cave Spring Baptist Church, across from Rolater Park.  Along with local talent, this year’s special guests will be the talented ladies trio “G.I. Jive” who will share favorites such as “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” in the style of the Andrews Sisters.  There will be a salute to veterans of all branches of the military and a wonderful old-fashioned celebration of our country, ending with “God Bless America!”  Everyone is welcome.  For more information, call 706-802-8773.


The young ladies were dressed for the patriotic celebration at last year’s Independence Day celebration hosted by Rome Floyd Parks and Recreation. A full day of activities and fireworks are set for July 3 this year.

Coca-Cola and Rome Floyd Parks and Recreation have put together a full day of fun, food, inflatables, music and fireworks to help celebrate Independence Day a day early at the 2019 Patriotic Party at Ridge Ferry Park on Wednesday, July 3.

  • Noon: The festivities begin at noon and feature the Armuchee Ruritan Car Show as well as the always-popular inflatable splash zone for kids. Several food truck vendors will be on hand and ready to serve food starting at noon.
  • 4 p.m. Family fun game registration starts at 4. The games begin at 5:30 with participants showing off their skills in the Hula Hoop contest and the Cornhole in one contest.
  • 6 p.m. Glow sticks: Sales of glow necklaces to help benefit special needs populations start at 6, and the inflatable area closes at 6:30,giving everyone time to settle in before Dalton Dover takes the big stage at 7. Dover competed on the popular TV Show “The Voice” serving as a contestant on country music superstar Blake Shelton’s team. His audition song “Don’t Close Your Eyes” has been viewed more than 1.5 million times on YouTube.
  • 8:20 p.m., YouTube sensation TJ Cochran hits the stage, bringing his soulful voice to the celebration. Cochran’s song “Rome, GA” has been a hit locally, and he has a wide range of talent.
  • Sunset: As the sun sets on the park, patriotic music takes over. The presentation of colors will be at 9:30 followed by the National Anthem at 9:45.
  • Around 9:45 p.m. A few minutes later, a spectacular fireworks display will light up the night.
  • Until 11 p.m.When the fireworks end, both Dover and Cochran get back on stage until the event ends at 11.

“We couldn’t be more excited with all of the great entertainment, music, vendors, games and more that everyone can come out and enjoy on July 3,” Todd Wofford, Interim Parks and Recreation Director, says. “Our goal is to be able to have a full day of fun and events for everyone. We would also like to thank Coca-Cola for helping to sponsor the event, and we hope to see a ton of people at Ridge Ferry Park.”

For more information about the event, visit


Cartersville’s annual Fourth of July celebration — including a parade, concert and fireworks -is set for Thursday, July 4th. The events are presented by the Rotary Club of Etowah with WBHF FM 100.3 and AM 1450 coordinating the parade with the Rotary Club.  The parade down Main Street in downtown Cartersville begins at 9 a.m. in the Tabernacle Baptist Church parking lot. The procession, which leaves Douglas Street, turns right onto Church Street, then continues to make a left on Bartow Street, left on Main Street, left on Tennessee Street and left on East Church Street. It ends back at the church. This year’s grand marshal is Cartersville native and Georgia Supreme Court Justice, Robert Benham.  Proceeds from the parade benefit local charities through the Rotary Club of Etowah. A parade application and information about the parade can be found on the WBHF radio website at and clicking the banner at the top of the page. You can also stop by the studios of WHBF in downtown Cartersville for an application.

Also: Fireworks, celebration at Dellinger Park is a community- wide event that includes Arts & Crafts, children’s activities, entertainment and the largest fireworks ever!!  All activities, other than the downtown parade, are at Dellinger Park on the huge football field.  Park activities start at 2 p.m. and continue until 10 p.m. Admission to Dellinger Park is free and parking is $5 per vehicle. More than 15,000 people are expected to celebrate the Fourth of July at Dellinger Park. Fireworks will launch at about 9:30 p.m. There will also be live entertainment on the Century Bank of Georgia Stage that will feature local entertainment all day then Scott Thompson performs an acoustic show starting from 4 until 7 p.m., then Scott Thompson and Peachtree Station perform at 8 p.m.

34th Annual Cave Spring Fourth of July Parade will be on Thursday, July 4 at 9 a.m.  Everyone is welcome.  The best place to watch the parade is on the Square in Cave Spring.  If you would like to be in the parade, all motorized vehicles and horses line up on Perry Farm Road at 8:30 a.m.  All who would like to walk in the parade, gather at Joe Hill’s Lawn Mower Shop at the Old Depot on Alabama Street at 8:30 a.m. Come enjoy a true American small-town tradition. For more: Call 706-802-8773.

Post-game fireworks at State Mutual Stadium following the Rome Braves-Asheville Tourists game. Gates open at 6 p.m. and first pitch is 7 p.m. Look for the fireworks show probably around 9:45 p.m. Rome Braves


Summerville: Stars & Stripes at The Depot, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. “Continue the celebration of our independence with some Americana fun. Witness the arrival of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Passenger Train and the turning of the majestic steam engine on the Summerville Turntable. Vendors will be on hand.Free watermelon slices will be served as long as the supply last. There will be a Fried Apple Pie Contest open to the public. Contestants will also have fried pies of all flavors for sale.
Fried Apple Pie Contest registration will be located inside the depot beginning at 11 a.m. Contestants will submit one fried apple pie for judging. Judging will begin at 11:45 a.m, with announcement of winners at 12:30 p.m.


Hometown Headlines is assembling activities celebrating the nation’s 243rd birthday, some starting as early as June 29. We welcome brief media releases (no PDFs or flyers) with details on free events open to the community. Please email to

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