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Celebrating the red, white and blue

Decorated in red, white and blue, the Newton County Historic Courthouse is ready for the many guests who will attend the Independence in the Park music fest on the Square from noon to 11:30 p.m. Friday. The event will feature many live bands, vendors, fireworks and more. (Staff photos: Julie Wells)

Decorated in red, white and blue, the Newton County Historic Courthouse is ready for the many guests who will attend the Independence in the Park music fest on the Square from noon to 11:30 p.m. Friday. The event will feature many live bands, vendors, fireworks and more. (Staff photos: Julie Wells)

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Patriotism is in full force around Covington. Richard Gross of Conestoga Builders Inc. said every year he tries to hang up the large American flag in support of America’s birthday. The company has been in Covington for 16 years and offers storage buildings and gazebos.

COVINGTON — Covington and Newton County have put on patriotic colors and are ready to celebrate America’s birthday on Friday.

Main Street Covington will host its annual Independence in the Park Music Festival starting at noon on Friday and end with a street dance around 11:30 p.m. on the Square. Fireworks will begin around 9:40 p.m.

Porterdale will also celebrate America with its annual parade starting at 11 a.m. There will be vendors, live music, face painting and more. Az Izz will perform at the Porter Memorial Gymnasium at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person.

Oxford kicks off the fun early with its annual July 3 picnic at 6 p.m. at Old Church. Community members are encouraged to bring a side dish for the outdoor dinner. The city’s parade welcomes any one to dress up, decorate a float and participate by lining up at 9:30 a.m. Friday on Haygood Street.

Prizes will be given out for Best Bicycle, Best Car, Best Truck, Best Antique Tractor, Best Lawnmower, Best Go-Cart, Best Four-Wheeler and Best Equine. The parade will end at the corner of Pierce and Wesley streets. For more information about Oxford’s parade, contact City Hall at 770-786-7004.