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July fourth celebrations next door
Fun and festivities in neighboring counties
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DeKalb County


Fourth of July celebration in Avondale Estates.

Parade will line-up at 9:15 a.m. at Avondale High School and will begin up Clarendon Street at 10 a.m. From 6:30-8:30 p.m. the Avondale Baptist Church will be selling burgers, hot dogs and cokes at the lake. At 7:30 p.m. Atlanta Blue Notes will perform at the lake at fireworks on the lake begins at dusk.


Decatur’s annual Pied Piper Parade

The parade line-up will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Decatur and the parade itself will begin at 6 p.m. and ends at the community bandstand on the square with a presentation of colors and the “Star Spangled Banner.” A concert, featuring the Callanwolde Concert Band will begin at 7 p.m. and fireworks will be shot at dark.




The annual Fourth of July parade begins at Bay Creek Elementary School at 10 a.m. This year’s festivities have a great American theme. For more information visit


The American Legion Post 233 will be holding a Tea Party from 6-8 p.m., called “The July Fourth Walton County Tea Party – The Framer’s Contract with America,” there will be patriotic music and grassroots speakers – not politicians – to speak about the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.


Lake Oconee


“Blast! Phil Driscoll and Friends” with The Atlanta Pops Orchestra will be performing at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge at Reynolds Plantation. The program is a fireworks extravaganza with music from trumpeter Phil Driscoll. For more information contact Samantha Duthler at (706) 467-6000.




The eighth annual Sunflower Farm Festival will be held July 4-5 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The cost is $5 per adult, $2 for kids and children under 3-years-old are free. On the fourth veteran’s are admitted free. For more information visit




Fireworks in the village of Porterdale will begin at 5 p.m. A karaoke competition begins at 5 p.m., live bands and entertainment from the Brother Pudge Band, Jeff Hay and Kenny Tolleson will be available as well as food and fun! Those planning on attending should bring lawn chairs. For more information call (770) 786-8046.


Social Circle

Social Circle’s festivities will begin with a car show downtown at 10 a.m. which lasts until 3 p.m., from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. there will be a pet show in Gunter Hall, as well as horse and wagon rides. The Fourth of July parade will begin lining up at the elementary school at 3:30 p.m. and will begin at 5 p.m., travelling from downtown to the football field. From 6 p.m. until dark there will be a gospel concert, followed by fireworks at dark.




The city of Oxford and the Oxford Lions Club are hosting their annual Fourth of July parade and celebration beginning with line-up and registration at 9 a.m. in front of Allen Memorial Methodist Church. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. There will be awards for the best car or truck ($50); best other motorized vehicle ($50); best bicycle ($50); most unusual entry ($50) and best float ($100) – all winners will also receive a ribbon. Following the parade awards and recognition of the Oxford Citizen of the Year will be presented by Mayor Jerry Roseberry at Old Church. There will also be live music, free watermelon and free popcorn.  Officials ask that participants not throw candy and remember that horses are welcomed but please, no stallions.