Pictures of 2012 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 100 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
- Former City Councilwoman Betty Hunter will serve as parade grand marshal
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.
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
- 7-8 p.m.: Unusual Suspects
- 8 p.m.: Greg Bates (country)
- Scheduled to begin at dark
- 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 Carl Black of Kennesaw, JRM Management Services, Inc. and Superior Plumbing.
Museums and shopping
- Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum: closed 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