This year, the city of Dunwoody is showing its patriotism with its annual July 4 parade, an event that has been going strong for 23 years.
“Over the years, the parade has grown to become Georgia’s fourth largest parade with about 32,000 spectators and 2,500 parade participants last year,” said parade co-chair Pam Tallmadge.
The route for the parade, which starts at 9 a.m., is about two miles long and begins at the intersection of Mount Vernon and Jett Ferry roads and ends at the Dunwoody Village parking lot.
Mount Vernon Road between Jett Ferry Road and Dunwoody Village Parkway will close from 8:45 to 10:30 a.m. to allow pedestrians to enjoy the event.
While Tallmadge said there will be many exciting entries in the parade this year, Gov. Nathan Deal serving as grand marshal as well as talented marching bands and veteran participation are a few of the highlights.
For more information on the event, visit www.www.dunwoodyga.org/Dunwoody-4th-of-July-Parade.
Later in the day, the city of Chamblee will host a Fourth of July Celebration in Keswick Park, 3496 Keswick Drive, which will include a fireworks show to light up the night sky.
Parks and Recreation Director Joel Holmes said the event will include many kid-friendly activities and participation.
“Starting at 5 p.m., we’ll have a children’s bike parade where we encourage kids to decorate their bikes in a patriotic fashion,” he said. “The bike parade will begin at Chamblee Middle School and end at the park.”
A corn hole tournament, live music and food including cheese steaks from The Mad Italian, ice cream from The Frosty Caboose and hot dogs and drinks served by the city will also be part of the fun before the fireworks show at about 9 p.m.
Attendees are welcome to bring their own food and beverages to the event, excluding alcohol.
Holmes said the event drew in about 5,000 participants last year and the city is expecting more people to attend this year.
Visit www.chambleega.com for more information.
Other cities in the county will be celebrating the holiday, too.
Decatur, will host the July 4 Pied Piper Parade, a live concert and fireworks.
The parade will wind through the downtown area and residents are encouraged to decorate wagons, ride bikes, skate, or walk in this event. Neighborhoods and organizations can also make floats and join the parade.
The line-up for the event will begin at the First Baptist Church of Decatur at 5:30 p.m. and participants with cars must register before the parade by filling out an application online at www.visitdecaturgeorgia.com.
The concert, featuring the Callanwolde Concert Band, will begin at 7 p.m. in the Community Bandstand with fireworks beginning at dark.
Stone Mountain Park will celebrate Thursday through Saturday with a Fantastic Fourth Celebration.
Updated for summer 2014, the park has transformed its laser show and its natural amphitheater with more lights, lasers and music.
A refreshed music playlist will feature 10 new songs including “Let It Go” by Idina Menzel, “Home” by Phillip Philips and “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.
A special, patriotic fireworks finale will immediately follow the laser show all three nights.
Visit www.stonemountainpark.com for more information.