Local residents will have to travel outside of this year to see fireworks on the Fourth of July.
Neither Paulding County nor the will host fireworks displays this year, something that Mayor Doris Devey said is due to budget constraints.
“The county had furlough days, [and] they’re not having the fireworks,” Devey said. “We didn’t have any furlough days, but we have to watch where we spend our money right now, and right now, doing the Fourth of July, as much as we want to in order for our citizens to have a place to go, right now we can’t. The council and myself were all really upset about the fact, but we have to take it and seriously look [and] do we really want to go out there and spend that kind of money when we really have to watch [what we spend]?”
There is nothing scheduled in the this year either. Mayor Boyd Austin said the city doesn’t typically hold a Fourth of July celebration. A veteran’s group tried to host an event a few years ago, but response was minimal, Austin said.
“School is out, so there are no bands to play,” the mayor said. “And, so many take vacation that week, we cannot get a good commitment of organizations and volunteers.”
Paulding County residents don’t have to travel far, though, to celebrate the nation’s birthday. The city of Villa Rica will host its annual celebration on Tuesday, July 3. The event begins at 6 p.m. and includes music, inflatables slides, hot air balloon tethered rides, food and fireworks.
Douglasville will honor "Amazing American Heroes” . The annual parade will kick off the city's observance of the holiday at 10 a.m. Other events throughout the morning and afternoon will lead up to the fireworks display after the sun goes down.
In , a Fourth of July celebration will be held from 4 to 10 p.m. in the Town Square. The event includes music, games, a patriotic program and fireworks. And, in , the begins with a parade in the downtown area at 9 a.m. The parade will be followed by a day of festivities at , which will feature camel rides, a petting zoo, children's activities, craft vendors, food, a free concert and fireworks.