Representatives from the city’s fire, police and water departments are just a few of the participants who will have tables set up in the Square to offer free information, prizes and food to attendees through April 19.
The theme for this year’s special week is People, Place and Purpose.
“The whole idea of the week-long event is to encourage our community to get to know more about our departments, including who we are and what we do for the city,” McDonough Fire Chief Steve Morgan said.
He said the city’s fire department will have tables set up on April 16 and 17 and will be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers so residents can enjoy a free lunch.
The fire department’s table will be set up with information about fire safety.
Morgan said the event is “a great way” for the fire service employees to meet and greet the community.
“Even though people get excited about the free food, celebrating the city’s different public services is really what it’s about,” he said.
Georgia Cities Week started in 2000 with about 100 cities across the state participating, including McDonough.
Amy Henderson, public information officer for event sponsor Georgia Municipal Association, said partnerships within the city have made the event successful since its beginning.
“In past events, volunteers and city staff are recognized for their hard work and there are a lot of partnerships between the city, merchants, volunteers, civic clubs and school groups during the week to do community-wide projects,” she said.
Stockbridge is also participating, with a coloring contest for children, city hall and water plant tours, and discounts from hospitality, real estate, retail and construction businesses.