Buzz:  Independence Day Celebration and Citizens Parade set for downtown Rome. Clocktower Tours resume July 11.

Buzz: Independence Day Celebration and Citizens Parade set for downtown Rome. Clocktower Tours resume July 11.

The base of the scheduled ceremonies on Independence Day.


The Independence Day Celebration and Citizens Parade is scheduled for Saturday, July 4, in downtown Rome. It will begin at 2 p.m. on the green of the Law Enforcement Center on Fifth Avenue. It will feature a citizens’ parade commencing from the Fifth Avenue event to Broad Street, travel to Second Avenue, then return on Broad to the law enforcement center.

Community groups are invited to participate. Citizens will be invited to join in the parade and carry handmade signs and American flags to honor our nation. A small number of floats and patriotic vehicles also will be featured, including classic cars and classic Army trucks carrying veterans. The parade will feature group sing-alongs of American patriotic music. Local candidates will attend.

The event will start with prayer, says organizer and Rome resident Dr. David McKalip. The event will include a reading of portions of the Declaration of Independence and also will honor American heroes such “including our founders, Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King.”

Community groups or musical performers wishing to be part of the celebration and/or parade should contact McKalip at For more: FoundersCorner.US.

Rome Police confirm McKalip has been issued a permit for the parade and event for the hours of 2 until 5 p.m. on Independence Day.

The Rome Area History Center will host the first Rome Clocktower Tours of 2020 on Saturday, July 11. Visitors are invited to climb the 107 steps to the very top to get the best views of Rome! See the history of Rome depicted through murals that illustrate the founding of Rome through present day on the interior of the tower.

This year, to help ensure social distancing, tickets are required for entry. Entry is free but tickets must be reserved in advance. Tours will be held during 30 minute time blocks between Noon and 2 p.m. Please arrive on time; tickets are only valid during the time block reserved. Reserve tickets online here. Tickets may also be reserved in-person at both Georgia’s Rome Welcome Center and Gift Shop locations on Jackson Hill at 402 Civic Center Drive and in Downtown Rome at 300 W. First St.

The monthly Saturday Rome Clocktower tours will resume for the first Saturday of the month in August and September. For more: 706-295-5576


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