Founders Week celebrates the incorporation of Johns Creek six years ago, and City Councilman Post 1 Randall Johnson said it is a great time for the community to get involved.
“I’m excited about how active and how involved the community gets,” he said. “The schools get involved, the businesses get involved and I’m always amazed at how many people show up.”
Founders Week starts Nov. 26 at 6:30 p.m. with the lighting of the Christmas tree and dreidel at city hall. Before the council meeting that night, local elementary school choruses will sing holiday music for the crowd and cards featuring designs by local 5th graders will be available for people to sign for military personnel.
The celebration week continues two days later with the Kids Holiday Craft Workshop at the Johns Creek Arts Center. On Nov. 28 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. children will be able to make holiday decorations. Earlier in the day, some students will hear holiday stories read to them by the mayor, city council members and the police and fire chief at local elementary schools.
On Friday of that week, Emory Johns Creek Hospital will host a Holiday Workshop from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The event will include choruses, crafts, a visit from Santa himself and barbecue dinner for sale to benefit the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation.
The week will wrap up with the 6th Annual Johns Creek Founders Day Parade Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. along State Bridge Road between Kimball Bridge and West Morton roads.
“It seems like every year the floats get better,” Johnson said. “[City council members] buy bags of candy and throw them out to the kids.”
This year several floats will be competing for awards, and interspersed with local floats and bands there will be a few special entries including the Braves’ “Heavy Hitters” drumline, the Weinermobile and the Parris Island Marine Band.
After the parade the crowd will head to Johns Creek High School for “Santa Jam,” where Santa and his fire truck will be available for photos.
All Founders Week events are free to the public.