The 2014 IndepenDance at the Pole Barn is scheduled from 5 p.m. until the end of a fireworks display after dark, said Vickie Williams, program superintendent for the Paulding Parks and Recreation Department.
She said she hopes attendees know they can have a “fun, relaxed” time at a low-cost event, which will include a 7 p.m. concert by the Timeless Highway band and a variety of activities beginning at 5 p.m., including hula hoop and celebrity look-alike contests.
“A family night of fun is what we want it to be,” she said.
The department sees a number of advantages to hosting the celebration more than a week after the holiday, including the fact many Paulding residents typically travel elsewhere on July 4, Williams said.
“The people who live here don’t have the opportunity to take advantage of something in their own community,” she said.
It also allows organizers to take advantage of much lower costs for necessities like fireworks displays, for which vendors typically lower their costs after the Fourth, she said.
Paulding County government began annual Fourth of July celebrations in 1999. However, the economic downturn of the last decade prompted officials to cancel its July 4 events in 2011 and 2012.
In 2013, Williams helped revive the annual celebration by recruiting sponsors to fund it.
Taylor Farm Park in southeast Paulding is the site because it is large enough to handle a major crowd — which has topped 10,000 in years past, Williams said.
This year’s major sponsors include GreyStone Power Corp. and the Paulding Chamber of Commerce. Other sponsors include Pirate Printing; WellStar Health Systems; LGE Community Credit Union; Ragsdale Heating, Air and Plumbing; Creekside Pines; Aspen Village; Elrod Garden Center; Pit Stop; J&R Heating and Cooling; and FLgraphix.
Vendors are set to include Chase a Bite of Chocolate, Happy Hawg BBQ, Hiram Yogli Mogli, Kona Ice, Sneaker Addics, The Glow Zone and Sparkles Family Fun Center.
Parks and recreation department workers will assist with parking, and officers from the county marshal’s bureau and sheriff’s department will provide security, Williams said.