Independence Day celebrations will be very different this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Many of the traditional celebrations and parades have been canceled. Here is a rundown of what’s still ‘a go’ and what has been canceled or postponed in communities around Northwest Georgia.
On Saturday evening, Independence Day, the skies above Rome will be alight with Rome’s 2020 Fireworks Extravaganza presented by Redmond Regional Medical Center. The show will begin right after dark, at approximately 9:50. The fireworks will be launched from the top of Jackson Hill, allowing more people than ever to be able to enjoy the display from around town. Zambelli Fireworks, a company that boasts more than 100 years of experience of shooting fireworks displays all over the country and the world, has crafted a special show that will last approximately 20 minutes. The show features more than 2,000 firework shells across a broad range of sizes and colors including multiple chrysanthemum, peony, crossette, willow, dahlia, pattern displays and more during the show, which will end with an approximately 90-second finale. Q102 will broadcast patriotic music to go along with the show. There will be no organized activities in Ridge Ferry Park this year. The park will be closed to vehicular traffic but open to foot traffic. For more information about Rome’s 2020 Fireworks Extravaganza presented by Redmond, please visit www.rfpra.com.
The Lindale Independence Day activities for this year have been canceled. Update from Restoration Lindale, Inc.: Due to the continued state mandated social distancing of crowds, Restoration Lindale, Inc. will have to cancel all Lindale Independence Celebration Activities for 2020. We are saddened by this and hoped we could at least have a parade, but help us pray everything is better for Christmas.
The 35th Annual Cave Spring Fourth of July Parade is a go for Saturday, Independence Day, at 9 a.m. For now, organizers are monitoring the coronavirus situation with healthcare officials. Current plans call for the line up for motorized vehicles at Perry Farm Road starting around 8:15. Walkers gather at Joe Hill’s Lawnmower Shop at the Old Depot. The best place to watch? “The town square, where we ask folks to stay with their family groups and socially distance. Masks are suggested but not required,” saws founder Christa Jackson.
The Cave Spring Fireworks show has been moved to Saturday, August 29 at 6 p.m. Details
Cartersville Fourth of July activities have been canceled. The Etowah Rotary Club of West End sponsors many of the local Fourth of July activities including the parade, activities at the park, and the fireworks display. All events have been canceled due to COVID 19.
Calhoun’s Star Spangled Celebration at the Northwest Georgia Regional Fair has been canceled. Media release: For the past 32 years we have celebrated the 4th of July in Northwest Georgia with the Star Spangled Celebration at the fairgrounds in Gordon County. Each year, concerts, food vendors, community groups, activities for the family and a fantastic Firework show fills the evening as crowds are admitted free for the sponsored event. Last year the first ever professional laser light show was added to the event to cap off the evening with an amazing show choreographed to patriotic music.
Unfortunately, because of the recent COVID 19 virus and accompanying economic impacts on sponsors, this year’s planned event will be canceled.
Event founder Bud Owens states “we are deeply saddened to make this decision, but we simply have no choice to assure the health and safety of our community, as the event typically draws crowds of thousands. We plan to bring the event back in 2021 with even larger concerts, fireworks and attractions. Our key sponsor, Mohawk has committed to support a major celebration next year to salute America and celebrate Northwest Georgia. We appreciate Mohawk and our other loyal sponsors, some whom have sponsored this event for the full 32 years. We also appreciate everyone’s understanding and we look forward to next year.”
The City of Summerville will be canceling all upcoming planned events until further notice due to COVID-19. As our country goes through this unprecedented crisis, we know that everyone looks forward to gathering together to celebrate our great nation at our City of Summerville Celebrate Independence Fireworks Show and Festivities. Our number one priority during this pandemic is keeping everyone safe now and during the 4th of July. Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to planning next year’s celebration and to seeing you all to celebrate together in 2021.
Also, the AJC Peachtree Road Race moved to Thanksgiving. From the race website:
“The AJC Peachtree Road Race has been a 4th of July tradition in Atlanta since 1970. At Atlanta Track Club, we had hoped that the conditions around COVID-19 would improve enough to continue that tradition in 2020. After consultation with health experts, we have determined the race must be postponed.
“Consistent with guidance we will receive from health experts in the fall, the 51st Running of the AJC Peachtree Road Race will take place on November 26, 2020 – Thanksgiving Day. The Peachtree is about community, family, fitness and fun and we believe holding the race on a day that brings families together preserves one of the event’s most precious traditions. You can read the full announcement here.