MILTON, Ga. — Wagons, bikes, carts and walkers with two and four legs will take to the streets this Saturday for the annual Independence Day Walking Parade organized by the city and the Crabapple Community Association. The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m., June 29 at the Alpharetta court building and run through Crabapple Station and Crabapple Crossing neighborhoods.
Amanda Free with the Crabapple Community Association said the event is a great way to connect the Milton community.
“Our goal is to put on an event that brings people together,” she said. “It’s fun every year to see everyone come out. Personally, there are some people I don’t see too much, but I always see them at the walking parade. It also gets people to come to our community, see our town and shop in our stores and eat in our restaurants.”
The parade will be led by a Milton Fire Department engine with a Milton Police cruiser backing up the procession along Marstrow Drive, Arklow Drive, Dunbrody Avenue and Dunbrody Drive. Kids will be able to “touch-a-truck” for both vehicles after the parade.
Attendees are encouraged to come decked out in red, white and blue and to decorate bikes or wagons with prizes being awarded for the “most patriotic.”
“We really want people to get excited about the event,” Free said. “The community really is the parade, so we encourage them to come out and participate.”
In addition to the parade, the Independence Day celebration will include games, face painting, music from Bach 2 Rock, a bounce house and offerings from Kona Ice Alpharetta. Special Equestrians of Georgia will have a horse in attendance, and kids can play at Broadwell Pavilion’s playground.
“We try to have a lot of other little things for families to do and an event where people don’t have to buy anything, they can just enjoy the day for free and have a fun time,” Free said.
The Crabapple Community Association has joined with the city for the second year to put on this weekend’s walking parade.
“The partnership has helped us so much,” Free said. “The city support is critical because we can close (Broadwell Road) to ensure safety, and we can make sure everything happens the way it should. It also helps to get the word out.”
Those participating in the parade should park at the Alpharetta court building, Milton City Hall or Crabapple Baptist Church.
For drivers, a detour and rolling closures will be in place during the parade.
Broadwell Road will be closed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and roads within Crabapple Station and Crabapple Crossing will be closed for traffic while the parade runs along each road. Milton Community Outreach Manager Courtney Spriggs said neighborhood roads should not be shut down for more than 20 minutes.