NORTH ATLANTA — Cities across Atlanta’s northern suburbs are gearing up to celebrate the red, white and blue this Independence Day.
Local cities have provided the following information about their 4th of July events:
The annual Dunwoody 4th of July Parade, hosted by the Dunwoody Homeowners Association and the Dunwoody Reporter newspaper, will begin this year at the Mount Vernon Shopping center at 9 a.m. The parade will proceed 2.5 mile down Mount Vernon Road and will end with a Family Festival in Dunwoody Village.
This year’s theme is “Happy Birthday, Dunwoody” and will feature marching bands, floats, clowns, animal units and local celebrities. The 2019 Parade Grand Marshal is the Dunwoody Police Department.
More than 2,500 people participated in the parade last year.
For more information, visit dunwoodyga.org.
The Cumming Fairgrounds will host this year’s July 4th celebrations.
Starting at 10 a.m., everyone is invited to visit the fairgrounds at 235 Castleberry Road for food, music, dance contests, a Kid’s Zone and fireworks.
The annual July 4th Steam Engine Parade will kick off the festivities at 10 a.m., led by the mayor and City Council, and will run for approximately two hours. The dance contest will be held at 8:30 p.m. followed by fireworks scheduled for 9:30 p.m.
While parking is free, admission is $5 for ages 13 and up. Children 12 and under get free admission. No outside food or drinks are allowed inside the fairgrounds.
For information, visit cummingfair.net.
Johns Creek’s celebrations will begin a day early, July 3, at Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Road.
From 6-10 p.m., visitors can celebrate America’s independence with live music by the Crystal Clear Band, activities, food and a fireworks display. This family-friendly event is free. Festival-goers can bring their own food or purchase from several food vendors that will be on site, including Patty Wagon, Southern Crust, Lat’s Taco Bout It, Peace of Pita and King of Pops.
No pets, personal fireworks or outside alcohol is allowed. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged. Tables with reserved seating for eight are available for rent for $200.
For information or to reserve a table, visit johnscreekga.gov.
The City of Milton kicks off its celebration early with the Independence Day Walking Parade on June 29.
The parade will run from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and will make its way from Broadwell Pavilion, 12615 Broadwell Road, to the heart of Crabapple.
This tradition, hosted by the city and Crabapple Community Association, welcomes wagons, carts, bikes and pets to walk or ride in the parade. The Milton Fire Department will head the procession.
After the parade, there will be several prizes for the most spirited families, dogs and wagons. Games, popcorn, crafts, face painting and treats will be provided.
For information, visit cityofmiltonga.us.
Everyone is invited to celebrate at Wills Park, 1825 Old Milton Parkway, with festivities starting at 6 p.m. and fireworks beginning at dusk.
Three DJs will provide music throughout the park. Several food vendors will be on site with classics like barbeque, hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza and dessert. Several food vendors will only accept cash.
Alcohol, tobacco, charcoal grills and personal fireworks are prohibited. Pets may join but must be on a leash or in a crate. While some of the activities may be delayed or cancelled due to weather, the fireworks extravaganza is rain or shine.
Parking is available at the Alpharetta Community Center, Wills Park Recreation Center and near the Wacky World Playground. Old Milton Parkway between Ga. 9 and Wills Road will close when the parking lots are full.
For more information, visit alpharetta.ga.us.
The 20th annual Roswell Fireworks Extravaganza will be held on the front lawn of Roswell High School, 11595 King Road. Festivities will start as soon as 5:30 p.m. with giant inflatables, carnival games, live music, face painting and prizes. Admission is free, but food and games will require a number of tickets. Each ticket costs $1, or visitors can purchase a $20 wristband for unlimited access. Food trucks will be available on the grounds. Live music will include Last Call Band and Party Nation.
Festival-goers are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. Dogs are not permitted.
Fireworks are expected to begin at 9:30 p.m., but the exact timing may vary depending on weather conditions. The City of Roswell’s Facebook page, @CityofRoswellGA, will provide updates.
Barrington Hall will again provide festivities earlier in the day with its annual Barbeque and Bluegrass. This free tradition will be held on the historic grounds of Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive.
Activities will include live music from the Smokerise Bluegrass Band, hayrides and games. The Mill Kitchen Restaurant and Bar will provide barbeque, beverages and desserts for purchase.
For information on both celebrations, visit roswellgov.com.