The city of Marietta’s Fourth in the Park celebration begins July 4 at 10 a.m. and includes a parade, free live concerts, museum tours, arts and crafts show, food, carnival games and fireworks finale.
The Marietta July 4 parade includes 110 entries, 2,000 participants and an estimated 30,000 spectators.
The parade begins at 10 a.m. at Roswell St. Baptist Church and travels west on Roswell Street, north on E. Park Square past Glover Park and the Square, down Cherokee Street and ends at North Marietta Parkway.
Entries include marching units from the city of Marietta, Air National Guard Band of the South, civic organizations, beauty queens, scouts and local businesses.
Temporary traffic changes
Roswell Street and all streets it crosses will be closed for the parade from 9:15 a.m. until the parade concludes around 12:15 p.m. North, South, East and West Park Streets around the historic Marietta Square will be closed the entire day for the festival.
Museums and shopping
The Marietta Welcome Center will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum and Marietta History Museum will be open for tours. Historic walking tours are also available. Unique shops located around the Square will have special July 4 hours. For details, call the Marietta Welcome Center at 770-429-1115.
Crafts, food and carnival
Arts and crafts show with 80 vendors: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Food concessions: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Carnival games: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; tickets for games available at booths located throughout the park
Stage in Glover Park
10:00 a.m. – Marietta Freedom Parade
Noon – Buck and Duke Band – country
1:30 p.m. – Float Awards Ceremony
2:00 p.m. – National Bell Ringing Ceremony
2:30 p.m. – Cobb Wind Symphony
7:00 p.m. – Buck and Duke acoustic set – country
8:00 p.m. – Carolina Rain – country
The fireworks display is scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. and will be shot from the First United Methodist Church parking lot. KICKS 101.5 FM will broadcast patriotic music during the fireworks. Rain date for fireworks is July 5 at 9:30 p.m.
The Fourth in the Park Festival — the city’s largest annual event — is presented by the city of Marietta and sponsored by Carl Black Buick, Pontiac, GMC; KICKS 101.5 FM; Marietta Daily Journal & Neighbor Newspapers; Cohutta Mountain Spring Water; and Security Exchange Bank.
For more information, call Marietta Parks and Recreation at 770-794-5601.