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Fourth of July festivities planned
by Nicole Dow
June 25, 2014 05:12 PM | 1603 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
There are a handful of options for residents and visitors to celebrate Independence Day in north Fulton this year.

The city of Roswell will host its 15th annual Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza at 9 p.m. at Sweet Apple Elementary School, 12025 Etris Road. For the first time in its history, the location has changed from its normal spot at Roswell High School due to ongoing construction there.

“It’s just fireworks this year because of the change in venue,” said Katie Troline, superintendent of recreation.

“Normally, we have a stage and a band and music and carnival games and giant inflatables, and we’re not doing any of that this year.”

The fireworks show will start as the sky grows dark.

“Our fireworks show is usually a 22-minute show,” Troline said. “It’s one of the longest shows around. It’s an awesome show. People need to come.”

Alpharetta will host its annual July 4th festivities at Wills Park at 5:30 p.m. The city has held its fireworks show for more than 30 years.

The evening will start off with a presentation by the American Heritage Society on the history, importance and meaning of Independence Day. There will be music by the Alpharetta City Band and local band Serious Business.

From 6 to 9 p.m., food vendors will be operational throughout the park. Children can enjoy inflatables on the lawn for a nominal fee. The fireworks display will begin at dusk.

Though the city of Milton does not organize its own Independence Day event, the Crabapple Community Association will hold its Fourth of July Walking Parade through historic Crabapple at 10 a.m. Not strictly for walkers, participants are invited to parade through the community on decorated bicycles, tricycles, strollers and wagons. Pets are also invited to walk along.

The parade route will end in front of Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub on Crabapple Road. An activity area for children will be set up for kids to enjoy after the parade.

Those wanting to bask in patriotic glory a week early can attend the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Celebrate America concert Saturday at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta. The show will start at 8 p.m. and will feature classics like Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” Leroy Anderson’s “Bugler’s Holiday” and George Gershwin’s “Summertime.”

The orchestra’s new assistant conductor, Joseph Young, will lead the show.

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