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South Fulton preps for Fourth of July
by Nneka M. Okona
nokona@neighbornewspapers.com
June 27, 2012 02:52 PM | 982 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, EPMSA Board Member Arianna Robinson, City of East Point’s Erin Rodgers, EPMSA President Brian Frey and EPMSA Board Member Deb Aziz start adding signs and banners at City Hall.
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As America’s birthday creeps closer, so do the threat of drinking and fireworks mishaps typically associated with the Fourth of July.

College Park Chief of Police Ron Fears, however, had tips to ensure that residents enjoy the holiday as safely as possible.

“I think first and foremost, I would encourage residents to not handle fireworks,” he said. “That should be left to trained professionals.”

Fears emphasized that the setting off of fireworks, unless at a venue, is an illegal offense and that law enforcement members patrol around the city to ensure incidents are not taking place.

Fears also said that residents should weigh heavily against driving under the influence.

“If you are going to drink, be aware that alcohol takes two hours to burn off one ounce of it,” he said. “You should wait a considerable amount of time between the time that you have had your last drink and driving or have a designated driver.”

Fears said his personal policy around the holidays is simple and effective, each time.

“If I am and going to be driving, I do not drink at all,” he said.

Use these tips to enjoy the following events in the South Fulton area safely:

East Point

The city of East Point will host what has been dubbed ‘Salute to the Red, White and Blue: Hometown Celebration’ next Wednesday. The celebration, to be held the entire day across from the East Point MARTA station and city hall, will feature events for the entire family, such as a carnival, with a Ferris wheel, games, a food court, and other rides. The evening will end with a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. Residents can bring chairs and blankets to watch the show. Those who would like to bring tents must set them up as to not obstruct the view from other onlookers. No grills or outside food or drinks will be allowed into the area. East Point City Hall is at 2777 East Point St..

Information: www.eastpointcity.org.

Union City

Music lovers have a free alternative to enjoy for the Fourth of July. The city of Union City will kickoff its Sizzling Summer Concert Series with a performance of Norman Brown and Gerald Albright on July 3 at the former Union Station Mall. Gates will open at 6 p.m. and the concert will start two hours later. A Freedom Food Drive will be held in conjunction with the concert and attendees are encouraged to bring a canned food item. Union Station Mall is at 1000 Shannon Mall.

Information: (770) 964-2288.
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