Are you looking for a fireworks show or a parade to celebrate the Fourth of July? Cherokee County has plenty of opportunities to let freedom ring this Independence Day.

WOODSTOCK

The city of Woodstock is continuing tradition with a morning 5K race, a parade, live music, activities throughout the day and a fireworks celebration.

♦ The 23rd annual Woodstock Freedom Run 5K Race will kick off the day at 7:15 a.m. Please note that a portion of Rope Mill Road and Main Street will be closed beginning at 7 a.m. and reopening upon the conclusion of the race.

♦ The parade will continue the day-long celebration at 10 a.m. starting at Woodstock Elementary School and traveling down Main Street to Sam’s Club on Ga. Highway 92.♦

♦ Following the parade from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., the party gets started at The Park at City Center with live music by A Theory of Now, children’s games, inflatables, arts and crafts, Adam the Juggler and vendors of all types.

♦ Ending the day will be a fireworks display at dusk behind the Target shopping center on Ga. Highway 92.

For more information, traffic directions or parade and vendor information visit www.woodstockparksandrec.com.

CANTON

The city of Canton’s Fourth of July celebrations include a parade, a concert and a fireworks display all located at the Riverstone Shopping Center.

♦ 5 p.m. starts the Thomas M. Brady Post of the American Legion’s annual 4th of July Community Parade with the route surrounding the Riverstone Shopping Center at 1451 Riverstone Parkway.

♦ Following the parade, the Rupert’s Orchestra will perform from 6-9 p.m. on the city of Canton Stage in the main parking lot.

♦ The annual fireworks display begins at dusk.

The city of Canton has provided a list of helpful information if you are throwing your own Fourth of July celebration, how to use fireworks safely, and the responsibilities of a citizen within the confines of state law and city ordinances.

State law dictates the following restrictions on fireworks usage:

♦ Consumer fireworks may be used or ignited on any day beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 9 p.m.

♦ Consumer fireworks may be used or ignited on July 3, July 4, and Dec, 31 after 9 p.m. and up to 11:59 p.m. and on Jan. 1 after 9 p.m. and up to 1 a.m.

According to the city, each Fourth of July the Canton Police Department responds to numerous noise violation calls for service due to people shooting off fireworks well into the early morning hours. Citizens are asked to please adhere to the legal cut off time for fireworks on July 3 and 4, which is 11:59 p.m.

Fireworks Safety Tips:

♦ Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.

♦Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.

♦ A responsible adult should supervise all firework activities.

♦ Never give fireworks to children.

♦ Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.

♦ Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.

♦ Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.

♦ Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.

♦ Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.

♦ Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.

♦ Never carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them into metal or glass containers.

♦ Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.

♦ Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.

♦ Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the police department.

Born and raised in the Canton/ Woodstock area, a graduate of Reinhardt University and a lover of life.

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