Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, a cornerstone of the Declaration of Independence, will be the theme of the 2013 City of Douglasville Fourth of July celebration.
Beginning at 10 a.m., the city will host its traditional parade along Church Street.
“Each year, large crowds of proud Americans pack corners and line the streets of downtown Douglasville just to see the excitement,” said Marcia Hampton, assistant city manager.
Marching bands, patriotic floats, and other entertainment on wheels help to bring life to the procession, and candy is handed to waving hands to sweeten the thrill.
The city invites businesses and other organizations to build a float representing the event theme and be a part of the float competition.
Prizes will be awarded based on theme, design, presentation and originality. To enter a float in the parade, contact Regina Chapman at (678) 449-3104, or download an application online at www.douglasvillega.gov.
Following the parade, the celebration of our nation’s liberty continues at 11 a.m. with the annual SHARE House Independence Day Festival at Hunter Memorial Park.
The event will feature food, fun and entertainment. Attendees can savor barbecue provided by Williamson Brothers, shop vendor booths, enjoy live bluegrass music and watch local talent compete in the Douglasville Idol and Talent Contest.
As a special treat for children, the Sweetwater Pilot Club will sponsor a kids’ fun zone featuring games, puppet shows, face painting, entertainment and prizes.
The festival will also include a raffle with great prizes, including an iPad, weekend getaway and Six Flags tickets.
Festival proceeds benefit SHARE House, a nonprofit organization that provides emergency shelter and services to victims of domestic violence.
Visit www.sharehousedouglas.org for festival information, or to learn more about the organization.