Independence Day in Alpharetta

Today we feature a guest post from Mike Christensen. Follow Mike on Twitter @SCSA31274.

Tomorrow is Independence Day.  For most of us, that means burning some meat on the grill, icing down the cooler, hanging at the pool or lake, and enjoying the beautiful summer weather.  One more aspect of July 4th are the fireworks.  Whether you take the long drive down I-20 to Alabama to buy your own, or you gather your family to watch the impressive displays around town, fireworks and Independence Day go hand in hand.   Due to the recent dry, hot weather, home fireworks are discouraged this year to prevent possible fire hazards.  If you don’t want to risk burning your house down, here are several local July 4th events that you and your family can attend this year.

Alpharetta

The annual Alpharetta Fourth of July Celebration will take place as usual at Wills Park this year.  Childrens activities will begin at 4:00 PM behind the Community Center.  There will be entertainment, free parking, free games, and food.  Fireworks start at dusk.  When I go to see the fireworks, I often park in the parking deck at North Fulton hospital.  It’s a great vantage point with easier access to the exits once every thing is over.  From the top level, you can also see numerous other displays to the south and west.  It has gotten more crowded over the years, and you have to pay to park, but it is still fun.

Cumming

Just up Georgia 400 is the City of Cumming 4th of July celebration.  Events there begin July 3rd at 6:00 PM with food and drinks, bouncy castles for kids, and live music.  Cumming’s fireworks are going to start 9:30 PM July 3rd.  The celebration continues July 4th with the annual Steam Engine parade from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  The celebration is over at 1:00 PM.

Roswell

Roswell’s 13th Annual Fireworks Extravaganza will take place at Roswell High School.  The festivities get underway at 6:00 PM with live music from Back Trax and Banks & Shane.  Radio personality Moby will host the events.  Childrens carnival and bouncy castles are available for a fee.  Fireworks begin at dark.

Wherever you go to see fireworks this Fourth of July, remember to take plenty of water, drive carefully, don’t drink and drive, have fun, and always have a fire extinguisher handy.  Happy 236th birthday, America!

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