Plenty to do in Henry County on July 4
By Monroe Roark
A variety of activities around the county have been planned for July 4, which this year falls on a Saturday.
A few hundred Henry County residents will be making the annual trek to Atlanta to participate in the Peachtree Road Race. For those who didn’t get registered in time or don’t want to make that drive, a local race is being offered.
The annual Firecracker Road Race 5K/10K to benefit Henry County Parks and Recreation’s Special Olympics will take place Saturday morning at Nash Farm Park in Hampton. The event features a 5K and 10K race as well as 1 Mile Walk and Tot Trot.
Pre-registration for the 5K is $25 or $30 on race day; 10K is $30 and $35 on race day; and the one-mile is $20 or $25 on race day. The Tot Trot is free to ages six and under, and there are discounts available for pre-registered teams of six or more.
Prizes will be awarded after the race. Registration on-site will take place from 6:45 to 7:45 and the race will begin at 8 a.m.
Participants may register online at www.getsetgrow.com. Registration forms are also available at the Henry County Parks and Recreation Depart-ment at Heritage Park in McDonough. Checks should be made payable to Henry County Parks and Recreation Special Olympics.
Just a few miles away from Nash Farm Park in downtown Hampton, the annual July 4 parade and festival will be gearing up. The parade starts at 10 a.m. and goes right through downtown.
Floats, decorated golf carts and kids on their decorated bikes will be on hand, along with local citizens who just want to walk. They all start gathering at Bobby McBrayer City Park in advance of the parade start time and will line up along College Street and Central Avenue in front of Hampton Elementary School.
After the parade the same park will be filled with plenty of other activities until 2 p.m. The Splash Pad will be open and the city will be serving hot dogs and chips.
Planned activities include sack races, hula hoop contests, water balloon tosses, watermelon eating contests, inflatables and more. The city has also asked other local organizations to provide refreshments.
McDonough’s annual July 4 celebration starts at 6:30 p.m. on the Square. Anyone who attends will be treated to a small cup of chocolate or vanilla ice cream.
Rev. Charlie Kuykendall from the First Baptist Church in McDonough will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” State Court Judge Jason Harper will be the guest speaker and the McDonough First United Methodist Chancel Choir will present a patriotic medley under the direction of John and Ann Keesey.
Back at Nash Farm Park, the annual 4th of July Extravaganza sponsored by the Henry County Rodeo Association opens its gates at 2 p.m.
A variety of activities are planned, such as a kids play area, food, hayrides, inflatables, raffles, zipline, bingo, car show, lawnmower racing and more. Several different bands will be on hand to provide live entertainment and a DJ will also be providing music.
The night is capped off by a fireworks show. Proceeds from the event benefit People First of Henry County, Special Olympics and Operation Troop Care. For more information, visit www.henrycountyfireworks.com.
If you don’t want to wait until Saturday to see fireworks, Atlanta Motor Speedway will present its annual fireworks display one night earlier in conjunction with its weekly Friday Night Drags event.