COVINGTON — There are plenty of activities for the community to enjoy over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
Here's a rundown of local patriotic celebrations:
The city of Covington and private sponsors are joining forces to host "Saturday in the Park," a music festival in downtown Covington. The event will take place from 5-9 p.m. on Saturday, July 3.
Two stages will be set up downtown for uninterrupted performances by a variety of musicians, most of them local, said Mike Whatley, who serves on the City Council and is one of the event organizers.
Performers to be featured include Biggers Family Band, The Church at Covington Praise Team, Hannah Thomas, Blue Maxx, Thomas Tillman and The All-Star Band.
The event was the brainchild of McKibben Music Store owner Mack McKibben.
"We're doing this for the people. Mack got with me and some of his teachers and said let's do something for the people on the Fourth of July weekend ... let's do something that's going to be a lot of fun. It's going to be upbeat, fun songs and it will give somebody something to do for free and have a good time," Whatley said.
The event is partially funded by the city of Covington, as well as private donors. This weekend, The Oaks Course at 11240 Brown Bridge Road will donate $9 from every $49 charged for a nine-hole round of golf toward funding the event.
Also, on Sunday, July 4, the Newton County Community Band will perform its annual holiday concert downtown from 5- 6 p.m.
With Covington and Newton County no longer funding fireworks for the community, the city of Porterdale has stepped up and taken over. This year, the celebration set for Sunday, July 4, promises to be bigger and better than ever, according to City Councilman Robert Foxworth.
About $12,000 in fireworks will be set off, according to Foxworth.
"It's going to be incredible," he said, adding that the community has been very generous to donate money for the event. "This is all from donations. I've asked a few companies but most of the people I've asked are friends. A lot of the commissioners and other officials have given me money. Some people have given $10 and $20 and some have been very generous."
In addition to the fireworks extravaganza, a celebration downtown that will kick off at 3 p.m. will feature food, entertainment, face painting, moonwalks and karaoke. Free American flags and glow-in-the-dark tattoos will be provided for children. Fireworks are expected to begin around 9:30 p.m.
It's become a local tradition, and the city of Oxford won't disappoint this year. On Monday, July 5, the city, along with Oxford Lions Club, will host its annual Fourth of July Parade and Celebration.
The parade will begin at 10 a.m. and follow the usual route, beginning at Haygood Avenue and ending at Old Church. It will feature floats, motorized vehicles, bicycles and more.
"It's like Mayberry R.F.D.; it's fun," said Nancy Henderson, co-chair of the event along with her husband, Richard.
Following the parade, there will be music and concessions at Old Church. The Oxford Lions Club will provide free popcorn and watermelon. At noon, Mayor Jerry Roseberry will hand out awards for the best parade entries and recognize the citizens of the year — the Rev. Thomas and Emmie Johnson.
The city's holiday celebration will take place at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 3, with a parade through downtown featuring local politicians, floats, marching bands, motorcycles, soldiers from the Monroe National Guard unit and the Monroe Police.
The parade will end at the Social Circle Football Field with a gospel concert featuring the Georgia Army National Guard Band. Fireworks will take place at dark.
On Sunday, July 4, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., there will be a car show in downtown Social Circle that will include free inflatables for kids to enjoy, music and food vendors.