Independence Day guide: Parades, parties and pyrotechnics. What’s on tap today and tonight in Northwest Georgia.

Independence Day guide: Parades, parties and pyrotechnics. What’s on tap today and tonight in Northwest Georgia.

The Rome Braves have a dazzling post-game fireworks show set for tonight after the game with Asheville. Gates open at 6 p.m., first pitch at 7 and expect the fireworks around 9:45 p.m. File photo by Mills Fitzner.



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 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


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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