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Fireworks, parade, concert mark Labor Day in Douglas
by Tom Spigolon
tspigolon@neighbornewspapers.com
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Fireworks, live music and the smell of barbecue will fill the air in Douglas County as a series of free Labor Day weekend events give residents a chance to celebrate the final holiday of the summer.

The festivities are set to begin Friday night with fireworks in Villa Rica and end Monday night with a pyrotechnics display in Douglasville. In between will be the third annual Fowler Fest Saturday and the annual Shriners’ Labor Day Parade, Douglasville Masonic Lodge’s barbecue and celebration, and the In the Park celebration.

The city of Douglasville fireworks display is a resumption of the planned Fourth of July celebration, which was postponed from July 4 after daylong bad weather conditions.

The Labor Day Parade, sponsored by the Sweetwater Shrine Club, is scheduled to step off at 10 a.m. on Fairburn Street and run along Church Street and Rose Avenue in downtown Douglasville.

Organizer Joe Miller said lineup of the event’s 100 entries, including 50 to 60 vehicles, will begin at 9 a.m. on Fairburn Road. It will include everything from Shriners in their trademark miniature cars, to clowns, civic groups, cheerleaders, politicians and more.

“It’s a big event,” he said.

For more information on the parade, contact Miller at (470) 262-5084.

The parade will end at Hunter Park, where Douglasville Masonic Lodge No. 289 will host its 49th Rudolph Harper barbecue beginning at 11 a.m. and running through 5 p.m.

The event featuring inflatable play areas for youngsters and a variety of vendors will sell through 5 p.m. About 40 lodge members will spend the previous night and early morning cooking 1,200 pounds of barbecue. They will offer pork plates for sale at $7 apiece throughout the day until all are sold, said lodge member Nathan Mitchell.

The barbecue is the Masonic Lodge’s largest fund-raiser of the year and benefits a variety of causes, he said.

“It’s kind of become a community tradition,” Mitchell said.

For more information, call (770) 733-2526.

At the same time, Willie A. Watkins Douglasville Chapel leaders are inviting the public to fellowship with them from noon to 5 p.m. at Worthan Park in downtown Douglasville.

Its In the Park celebration will feature gospel singer and six-time Grammy nominee Dorothy Norwood. A variety of other activities are planned. For more information call (770) 489-6751.

The city of Douglasville’s fireworks display is set to begin at dark, and can be viewed from Arbor Place Mall.

Also this weekend:

- The third annual Family Day of Fun & Fowler Fest is set for Saturday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Fowler Field Park in Douglasville.

A free field day is planned with outdoor games, food, prizes and music and much more. Fowler Park is at 3902 Chapel Hill Road in Douglasville.

- The Villa Rica Fireworks Extravaganza is set for Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the V-Plex at 1605 Ga. Hwy. 61. The schedule includes opening ceremonies with the national anthem and skydivers at 5 p.m.; the Homegrown band in concert 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; the Springs in concert 8 to 9:30 p.m.; and fireworks following.
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