2019 Patriotic Party at Ridge Ferry Park opens today at noon; fireworks tonight at 9:45. Plus: Independence Day parades, parties and fireworks.

2019 Patriotic Party at Ridge Ferry Park opens today at noon; fireworks tonight at 9:45. Plus: Independence Day parades, parties and fireworks.

Rome Floyd Parks and Recreation, partnering with Coca-Cola, has a full day and evening of activities set starting at noon today as they celebrate the 2019 Patriotic Party at Ridge Ferry Park. The activities, concerts and fireworks are a day early this year and they’ve expanded the offerings to make is a special one.

Rome Police are expecting a big crowd, especially for the fireworks. Please see a separate item on Riverside Parkway traffic after this story.

Here’s what is on today’s schedule.

  • 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.
  • Fireworks 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.”

You can see an expanded schedule here.

Some additional notes:

  • Scheduled vendors include  Speakcheesy, Spartan Smoothies, Country Girls Southern Grub, Kona Ice of Rome, Bonez & Gristles Catering, Corn Roaster ,Sweet Thangs by Brenda, Unbroken Covenant BBQ and Fun Fantasy Face Painting by Tammy.
  • Pets, drones and open fires aren’t allowed.

For more information about the event, visit rfpra.com.


INDEPENDENCE DAY

Cartersville’s annual Fourth of July celebration — including a parade, concert and fireworks — is set for Thursday. 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 wbhfradio.org 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.

  • 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.

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.

Calhoun at the Northwest Georgia Regional Fairgrounds: 5 until 10 p.m.; gates open at 5 p.m. Music, food, laser light show and fireworks extravaganza. Free parking and admission.

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


JULY 6

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.


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