Due to COVID-19 concerns, two large-scale Fourth of July celebrations are in the midst of being rescheduled. Along with the city of Adairsville’s patriotic event, Rotary Club of Etowah Cartersville’s parade and festivities at Dellinger Park will be postponed.
“The decision was made to postpone this event in mid-May in order to provide enough notice to entertainment, the fireworks company and scheduled vendors,” said Bethany Brady, Adairsville’s marketing and event coordinator, referring to Adairsville Celebrates America. “It is our hope that it can be done later in the year, depending upon federal and state guidance due to COVID-19.
“This would be the fourth year for this event and there has never been a reason to cancel or postpone — the weather has cooperated even on rainy days in order for the fireworks display to happen. This event draws over 3,000 annually and includes the military band, food and craft vendors, bounce houses, cornhole tournament and of course ending the day with the fireworks display.”
The Adairsville Celebrates America event originally was set for June 27 at Manning Mill Park.
“While the event has been postponed, we are hopeful to reschedule prior to the end of 2020 — again depending on guidance from the federal and state levels relating to COVID-19,” Brady said. “The military band and fireworks are really the highlights of the event.”
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As in past years, Cartersville’s festivities were slated to occur on Independence Day. Starting with a parade in downtown Cartersville, the celebration would have continued at Dellinger Park with music, vendors and fireworks.
“After careful consideration, we decided that we did not have the proper amount of planning time to adequately host the parade and fireworks,” said Jason Prater, president-elect of the Rotary Club of Etowah Cartersville. “From a planning and fundraising perspective, the limited time we had due to COVID-19 was simply too much to overcome.
“This event is privately funded and requires sponsors that we did not feel we could secure in time. Combined with the various restrictions still present with regards to COVID-19, we simply did not feel that we could pull off a parade and festivities of the quality our community has come to expect and deserve.”
While Adairsville’s event is still in its infancy, Cartersville’s festivities are a long-standing tradition for many area residents, occurring for more than 40 years.
“Like many communities’ Fourth of July celebrations, Cartersville has had one for as long as I can remember and is recognized by citizens as a great way to celebrate this great country together,” Prater said. “Our club took over the planning and promotion of the event a couple of years ago after the previous sponsor moved on.
“As a resident, I love seeing the community come together in celebration of the thing we all have in common — being citizens of the greatest country on the planet. Unity over one commonality is a beautiful thing. As a member of the sponsoring Rotary Club, I will miss the fundraising this means to our club. The dollars we generate above the cost of the event are crucial to all we do to support our community and its citizens.”
With the Rotary Club still trying to reschedule the festivities, Prater shared they are not calling “this an outright cancellation” yet.
“We have several potential dates in mind, but we are not ready to announce anything at this point,” he said. “Many decisions still need to be made and many questions answered before we can commit to a date, but we are working toward that goal.”
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