More than 10,000 are expected to watch the parade that will begin at 10 a.m. on Fairburn Road, turn west onto Church Street and end at Rose Avenue.
Mayor Harvey Persons, who selected Emory as grand marshal, said he was proud the Atlanta-area radio and TV star called Douglas County home.
“Captain Herb is a legend in the radio broadcasting industry in the state of Georgia as well as in his home community,” Persons said.
“Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” a cornerstone of the Declaration of Independence, will be the parade theme.
Marching bands, patriotic floats, and other entertainment on wheels help to bring life to the procession, which will be televised live on the city’s cable TV channel Citi TV.
More than 100 spaces typically are filled by businesses and other organizations, said city spokeswoman Kellie Hunter.
“This is one of the favorite events in Douglasville that lives on,” she said of the longtime city tradition.
Parade registration was set to run through 5 p.m. today, July 3. For more information, call Josie Whited at (678) 715-6094.
Participants were encouraged to build floats representing the event theme and be a part of the float competition. Prizes will be awarded based on staying in accordance with the parade theme, as well as design, presentation and originality.
No limit has been placed on the number of floats, Hunter said.
Early response to the call for entries was good following city efforts to advertise the event on web sites and other forms of marketing, Hunter said.
“We had a greater early response than in past years,” she said.
Following the parade, the celebration of the nation’s liberty continues at 11 a.m. with the annual S.H.A.R..E House Independence Day Festival at Hunter Memorial Park. A concert will follow at 7 p.m. on O’Neal Plaza.
Then, between 9 and 9:30 p.m., the Douglasville Fourth of July celebration will close out with fireworks. GreyStone Power Corp. and Gas South will sponsor the traditional display at dark with best viewing sites in and around the Arbor Place Mall area at I-20 and Chapel Hill Road. West Pines Golf Course also will be available as a viewing site, Hunter said..
Person praised GreyStone Power Corp. and Gas South for serving as major sponsors for the fireworks display, Persons said.
“Without the support of these two companies, we would be unable to continue this fun-filled family tradition and want to again thank them for continuing to be good community partners,” he said.