Rain is predicted for Thursday, with showers expected to be heavy at times, but the cities of Woodstock and Canton each still plan to have a parade and fireworks to celebrate July 4 on Thursday and the fireworks display planned for Lake Allatoona tonight is scheduled to go on as planned.
A flash flood watch is in effect today through Friday morning for most of north Georgia, including Cherokee County, according to the National Weather Service.
July 4 events begin with the Woodstock Freedom Run at 7:30 a.m. and continue with a parade at 10 a.m. The parade will start on Highway 92, and al go north on Main Street, through the Olde Town merchant district, to Woodstock Elementary School on Rope Mill Road.
After the parade until 3 p.m., The Park at City Center will have food, live music, children’s games, a cake walk, arts and crafts and vendors. Steven Phillips and Midnight Express Band will perform in the gazebo.
The celebration concludes with fireworks at dusk behind the Target shopping center on Highways 92 and Interstate 575.
The city of Woodstock made a special weather statement about festivities online Tuesday.
“If we have a light rain, the July 4 parade and festival will go on. If we are getting a downpour or have inclement or dangerous weather, we may have to cancel the parade and festival and make a call on the fireworks later that evening in the hopes it will clear up for the show. We have no makeup date for the parade and festival, but would reschedule the fireworks for July 5 if necessary,” the statement said.
The Cherokee Chapter of the Sons of The American Revolution will read the Declaration of Independence on July 4 at 5 p.m. on the steps of the Historic Courthouse in downtown Canton. The public is invited to the event to celebrate Independence Day, which the SAR is sponsoring for the second year just before the city of Canton’s Fourth of July celebration.
The Downtown Canton Fourth of July parade will be from 6 to 7 p.m. The parade begins at AutoZone on Waleska Street and will go down Main Street, turn onto North Street to loop back around, ending at AutoZone. The parade is sponsored by the American Legion. Participants in the parade are asked to meet at AutoZone at 5 p.m.
Following the parade, there will be a fireworks display sponsored by Canton Tourism from 8 to 9 p.m. Fireworks start at dusk at the Riverstone Plaza. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs, and music will be provided by Ray’s Music Machine.
The Allatoona Yacht Club will sponsor and present a fireworks display for boaters to celebrate Independence Day tonight at about 9:30 p.m. The fireworks display will be open to all boaters with viewing from many coves and the main body of Allatoona Lake near the Allatoona Yacht Club’s clubhouse.
“Our fireworks display helps celebrate the many blessings of our country. It is a great family oriented annual event which draws thousands of people who view the show from boats large and small. It is a joy to share an evening with the boating public,” Rick Nelson, the club’s commodore said.
If weather becomes a problem the first backup dated is Friday and the second backup date is Sunday.
For more information about the Allatoona Yacht Club, visit www.allatoona