4TH OF JULY IN PTC! – Tuesday, July 4
Drake Field CLOSED Monday, July 3, through Wednesday, July 5, for the setup, launch, and disassembly of the fireworks and apparatus.
City Offices CLOSED on Tuesday, July 4. All City administrative offices, the Peachtree City Library, Glenloch Pool, and Kedron Fieldhouse will be CLOSED on Tuesday, July 4 (Kedron pools will be open 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. on the holiday).
Independence Day Parade – 9:00 a.m.,
on Peachtree Parkway S. Grand Marshal Adrian Romoff. The parade begins just north of Braelinn Golf Club and proceeds, crosses Crosstown, turns west on McIntosh Trail, and ends at the Recreation Complex across from Huddleston Elementary. The parade will be held rain or shine (only dangerous weather would be a cause for cancellation).
- Traffic Advisory - Tuesday Morning, July 4, 7:00 a.m. – Noon. Expect delays on Peachtree Parkway South, Robinson Road, McIntosh Trail, and Crosstown Road beginning at 7:00 a.m. Once started, the parade will utilize the southbound lanes of Robinson Road to the northbound lanes of Peachtree Parkway, to McIntosh Trail. Access to neighborhoods along the parade route will be severely restricted during the parade and cleanup. Anyone needing emergency access should contact the nearest police officer or call 770-461-HELP.
- Parade Safety Reminder - Please keep children (and adults) out of the roadway during the parade. The candy that lands in the street may be tempting, but please make sure children stay behind the lines while the parade vehicles are passing by to avoid serious injury.
Braelinn Village Center July 4th Celebration – 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at Braelinn Shopping Center. After the parade, stop by for face painting, festive hair, kids’ crafts, snow cones, and a DJ with music, games, and prizes.
“Let Freedom Ring” Ceremony on the Old Fayette County Courthouse Lawn – 2:00 p.m. This event honors the signers of the Declaration of Independence, with a reading of each state’s representatives and an official bell ringing to recognize this brave act. Sponsored by The James Waldrop Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. The Marquis de La Fayette Chapter Sons of the American Revolution will post the colors and provide a musket salute. Bring a lawn chair for the event, which will last about 20 minutes.
Fourth Fest at City Hall Plaza – 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Family-friendly event with acoustic jam band, Cougar Love, taking the stage for some live music from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m., and Final Answer Band covering hits of the 70s and 80s from 7:00 - 8:45 p.m. Other activities for celebrants of all ages include face painting, caricature drawings, inflatables, a photo booth, Fayette Rocks Kindness Project rock painting party (while supplies last), and more. Bring your appetite for Kettleworks (kettle corn and drinks), Grazing Here (burgers), Just Smoke “N” Around (barbecue), TCBY (frozen yogurt), and Sweet Mama’s Lemonade (refreshments). Sponsored by Webb & Taylor, LLC (Presenting Sponsor), Pike Nurseries, More than Moonwalks, and M&R Print Solutions.
Have a Blast at Battery Way Park – July 4, 5:30 p.m. – The “dessert trucks” from the Peachtree City Farmers Market will be out for the crowds by the docks, along with Lowe’s Glows (glow necklaces and toys) until dark.
Food Truck Frenzy at The Avenue – 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. This popular fireworks viewing spot will have Cousins Maine Lobster, Just Loafin New Orleans Cuisine, Rios Italian Ice, Sofrito Latin American Fusion, Brainfood Hawt Cuisine Grilled Cheese, and more.
Fireworks over Lake Peachtree – Dusk (between 9:00 and 9:30 p.m.). Weather conditions alter launch time. Check the Facebook page for Peachtree City Police and Fire Departments (https://www.facebook.com/PeachtreeCityPoliceFire/ ) for updates (you do not have to have a Facebook account).
- NO PARKING on Hwy 54 – No parking will be permitted on Hwy 54 for viewing the fireworks.
- Traffic Advisory - Tuesday Evening, July 4 - Due to the large number of people trying to exit Peachtree City on Hwy 54 and Hwy 74, many traffic lights will be placed on flash mode. If a police officer is present to direct traffic, drivers should always obey that officer. If a traffic light is on flash, and there is no officer present, drivers are reminded that a FLASHING YELLOW light means to proceed with caution. A FLASHING RED light means to stop and yield right-of-way to other vehicles in the intersection.
- NO PERSONAL FIREWORKS OR SPARKLERS ON CITY PROPERTY (roads or parks). Sec. 38-52 of Peachtree City’s code prohibits use, igniting, storage or manufacturing, sale, or exhibition of any and all fireworks, including pyrotechnic devices on any city owned parks, recreation areas, and greenbelts (excludes residential streets). State law also prohibits the use of personal fireworks on City streets.
RULES & REMINDERS
4th of July Reminder – Blankets & Tarps
Peachtree City ordinance prohibits any “space saving” for the parade or fireworks before dawn (6:05 a.m.) on Tuesday, July 4. At dawn, blankets and tarps only are allowed – no stakes, tents, barricades, or other items can be used to save a spot. No blankets or tarps will be allowed at City Hall Plaza in advance of 4th Fest.
- Blankets placed early will be removed
Georgia Fireworks Laws
Hours for Personal Fireworks on private property: Georgia’s Fireworks Law allows people to launch fireworks on private property they own (or have the owner’s permission to use) between 10:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. any day of the year. Consumer fireworks must stop by midnight on July 4. Please be courteous to neighbors when using consumer fireworks. Additional state law restrictions:
- No consumer fireworks can be used in any public road or right-of-way.
- No consumer fireworks are allowed in any public park.
- No person can use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol.
- Only those 18 and older can ignite or possess consumer fireworks (16 and 17 year olds may possess or transport if working for a licensed fireworks distributer).
Please report the illegal use of consumer fireworks to the non-emergency number for Fayette County Communications (770-461-HELP).
Parade Safety – Keep Little Ones Behind the Curb!
Plan your parade strategy ahead of time to keep little parade watchers safe. Drivers of decorated floats and vehicles have limited visibility and cannot see small children who may dart out into the parade lane to retrieve candy that may not have made it to the curb. Last year, one resident saw a tire come within inches of a child’s hand before the she was pulled back to the edge of the roadway. Even a second’s inattention can have tragic consequences. Consider keeping your smallest spectators safe behind the curb by keeping them in a stroller, wagon, or on the seat of the golf cart as the parade goes by. Bring a bag so they can hold the goodies you collect for them!
Just because consumer fireworks are legal to purchase in Georgia does not mean they are safe. SafeKids offers the following tips:
- Leave Fireworks to the Professionals - The best way to protect your family is to not use any fireworks at home. Instead, attend public fireworks displays and leave the lighting to the professionals.
- Be Extra Careful with Sparklers - Little arms are too short to hold sparklers, which can heat up to 1,200 degrees. How about this? Let your young children use glow sticks instead. They can be just as fun but they don’t burn at a temperature hot enough to melt glass.
- Take Necessary Precautions - Do not wear loose clothing while using fireworks. Never light fireworks indoors or near dry grass. Point fireworks away from homes, and keep away from brush, leaves, and flammable substances. Closely supervise children around fireworks at all times.
- Be Prepared for an Accident or Injury - Stand several feet away from lit fireworks. If a device does not go off, do not stand over it to investigate it. Put it out with water and dispose of it. Always have a bucket of water and/or a fire extinguisher nearby. Know how to operate the fire extinguisher properly. If someone is injured by fireworks, immediately go to a doctor or hospital. If an eye injury occurs, don't allow a child to touch or rub it, as this may cause even more damage.
- NO PERSONAL FIREWORKS OR SPARKLERS ON CITY PROPERTY. Sec. 38-52 of Peachtree City’s code prohibits use, igniting, storage or manufacturing, sale, or exhibition of any and all fireworks, including pyrotechnic devices on any city owned parks, recreation areas, and greenbelts (excludes residential streets).
Designate a Driver for a Safe Holiday
As you celebrate Independence Day this holiday weekend through Tuesday, please make sure to designate a sober driver if you consume alcohol and report others who drive impaired. The Peachtree City Police will be actively enforcing Zero Tolerance for impaired driving this holiday.
Have a Safe and Happy Independence Day!