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Douglasville plans annual Fourth of July parade, celebration
by Savannah Weeks
sweeks@neighbornewspapers.com
June 27, 2012 01:14 PM | 1635 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Floats and walking groups, including Boy Scouts from Lithia Springs United Methodist Church, above right, are traditionally part of the annual Fourth of July parade in Douglasville.
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Douglasville is planning festivities for this year’s Fourth of July holiday, including a parade in downtown Douglasville and festival at Hunter Park preceding the annual fireworks display beginning at dark.

The annual parade will begin at 10 a.m. and follow a Church Street route from Fairburn Road to Rose Avenue.

A marching band consisting of marching band members from Douglas County, Alexander and Lithia Springs high schools will be in the parade, along with those campaigning for public office and other Douglas County residents, according to Alice Stephens, historic preservation clerk at the city.

On the parade route, in front of the Armory on Church Street, will be “Christmas in July for the Soldiers,” a program put on by the Soldier’s Angels, a group which works to provide soldiers overseas with the comforts of home.

Soldier’s Angels will host a baked goods and Chick-fil-A biscuit sale, where they will collect individually-wrapped toothbrushes and men’s athletic socks to be sent to soldiers.

Parade-goers also can write personal greetings at the table, which will be sent to the troops.

After the parade, S.H.A.R.E. House, a family violence crisis center, is hosting its 17th annual Fourth of July festival at Hunter Park with the theme “Barbecue to the Rescue” this year.

Barbecue plates will be sold for $7, according to shelter executive director Teresa Smith.

A “Douglasville Idol” contest will start at 11:30, where 20 contestants will compete for the title of Douglasville’s most talented.

“I’ve heard we’ve got some good talent this year,” said Smith.

There will also be arts and crafts vendors, children’s activities and snow cones for sale at the festival.

S.H.A.R.E. House is also selling raffle tickets at United Community Bank for $10 each. An iPad, weekend getaway, Brighton purse and more will be raffled at the festival.

All proceeds from the festival and sale of raffle tickets will go to the shelter.

“Our festival is an opportunity for families to come to the park and have a nice time,” said Smith.

Smith said the festival was the shelter’s major fundraiser.

“We also do the festival as community awareness,” said Smith. “We want to make them aware of domestic violence in the community.”

S.H.A.R.E. House is a 25-bed certified shelter that primarily serves the Douglas and Paulding County area, according to Smith.

The shelter had approximately 1,700 crisis calls in 2011 and serviced over 3,000 victims.

“Sometimes people don’t know how busy we are,” said Smith. “This is one of our main fundraisers, so we’re hoping to raise a lot of money.”

Fireworks will be shot from West Pines Golf Club starting at dark, or around 9 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. They are best viewed from the Arbor Place Mall parking lot, city officials said.

Information: (678) 715-2039 (parade and fireworks); (770) 949-0626 (festival).

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