Pictures of 2011 Independence Day celebration
The public is invited to celebrate America's independence July 4 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. with an Independence Day parade and celebration on the Square, free concerts, museum tours, arts and crafts show, food, carnival games and fireworks finale.
Marietta Independence Day parade
- Scheduled to include 110 entries and approximately 2,000 participants
- 10 a.m.
- Route: Begins at Roswell Street Baptist Church, west on Roswell Street, north on East Park Square past Glover Park and Square, down Cherokee Street, ends at North Marietta Parkway
- Entries include marching units from city of Marietta, civic organizations, beauty queens, scouts and local businesses
Temporary road closures
- Roswell Street west of Cobb Parkway and all streets it crosses: closed for parade from 9:30 a.m. until parade ends around 12:15 p.m.
- North, South, East and West Park Square around the Marietta Square: closed entire day for festival
- Church Street at Polk Street: closed July 3 at 6 p.m. for event setup
- Free parking is available in the two parking decks east of Cherokee Street. They can be reached from Lawrence Street or Lemon Street during the day.
- Free parking and Trolley shuttle service is available at Roswell Street Baptist Church and Grace Pointe Church on Atlanta Street from 6-11 p.m. Firework parking will be available at the Roswell Street Baptist Church main campus west parking lot.
- Paid parking is available at the Episcopal and Presbyterian Church parking lots.
Parking and road closure map
Crafts, food and carnival
- Arts and crafts show with 90 vendors: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
- Food concessions: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
- Carnival games: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; tickets for games available at booths located throughout the park
Stage in Glover Park
- Noon – Scott Thompson
- 2 p.m. – National Bell Ringing
- 2:15 p.m. – Awards Ceremony
- 2:30 p.m. – Sons of the American Revolution
- 7 p.m. - Michael Magno
- 8 p.m. – Peachtree Station (country)
- Scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m.
- Will be shot from First United Methodist Church parking lot
- If bad weather is expected, fireworks may begin few minutes early, to ensure entire display is completed
- Want to watch fireworks? Make sure you get there early to grab spot because traffic is expected to be heavy
- Rain date: None announced yet; if weather is bad, organizers will make announcement that evening
The Fourth in the Park Festival -- the city's largest annual event -- is presented by the city of Marietta and sponsored by the Downtown Marietta Development Authority, TV23, AM 750 WSB, Carl Black of Kennesaw, JRM Management Services, Inc., 97.1 FM The River and Superior Plumbing.
Museums and shopping
- Marietta Visitors Bureau: July 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum: closed July 4
- Marietta Museum of History: closed July 4
- Marietta-Cobb Museum of Art: closed week of July 4
City offices closed July 4
City of Marietta administrative offices will be closed July 4 in observance of the holiday.
More info: Marietta's Parks and Recreation Department, 770-794-5601