Tuesday, July 5, 2011
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SOCIAL CIRCLE -- Those with the patriotic spirit will have one more opportunity to celebrate Independence Day in Social Circle.
Due to heavy rain and lightning, organizing committee members with the city of Social Circle and Social Circle Better Hometown decided around 5 p.m. Monday to cancel the city's Fourth of July festivities, including a gospel concert and parade.
City Manager Doug White said on Tuesday that Better Hometown has rescheduled its fireworks for 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
"We won't be able to have the parade or the concert, but (local student) Savannah Martin will be here to play a trumpet solo of the national anthem prior to the fireworks show," White said.
He said World War II veterans living in The Mews Assisted Living Home were to serve as grand marshals in the parade. They will be invited as guests of honor for the playing of the National Anthem at the Social Circle Primary School.
White said Christian radio station WMSL 88.9 FM in Athens has also agreed to be on hand Saturday to choreograph music with the fireworks as it had planned to do Monday.
Most of the other area Fourth of July celebrations went on as scheduled Monday despite the heavy storms that began that afternoon. Lightning struck four homes in Rockdale County, destroying one and causing extensive damage to another. No significant home fires were reported in Newton County.
According to the National Weather Service, a chance of thunderstorms persists throughout the week. Saturday's forecast calls for a high of 96 degrees and a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms.
White said any changes to the rescheduled Fourth of July event will be posted at Social Circle Better Hometown's website, socialcirclegabht.com.
Rockdale Citizen News Editor Jay Jones contributed to this article.