Independence Day events upcoming in Henry

By Jason A. Smith
Times Correspondent

Several events are around the corner in Henry County to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Festivities will kick off a few days early with an O’Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags event. Gates will open at 6:30 p.m., and the Papa John’s Pizza Fireworks Extravaganza will follow shortly after 9 p.m.

Admission $10 for adults, and free for age 5 and under.

Fireworks explode in the air at a 2012 Independence Day celebration at Nash Farms Park. File photo

Also on June 30, Eagle’s Landing Country Club will host its own Fireworks Extravaganza from 6:30-11 p.m. Admission is $25 each for adults, and $15 each for children age 12 and under.

The celebration will be open to the community and will feature live music a stilt-walker, a caricature artist, balloon animals, and an all-American buffet. Wristbands will be available at 6 p.m., in the main lobby for attractions at the event, and fireworks will begin after dark. For more information, visit

On July 2, Panola Mountain State Park, at 2620 Ga. Highway 166 SW in Stockbridge, will host a Fireworks Hike from 8-10:30 p.m. Attendees will have an opportunity to enjoy panoramic views of Stone Mountain and local holiday celebrations, as well as a campfire and S’mores. Participants are encouraged to bring water, bug spray and a flashlight for the event. For more information, call 770-389-7801. Admission is $20, and parking is $5.

Festivities will continue July 3 at Richard Craig Park, 125 S. Zack Hinton Parkway in McDonough, with a fireworks celebration beginning at 6 p.m., sponsored by the Henry County Rodeo Association. The occasion will also include inflatables, food, and a 50/50 raffle. For more information, call 678-432-4399.

July 4 itself will get a running start bright and early, with 2017 Firecracker 5K/10K Road Race at Nash Farm, 100 Babbs Mill Road in Hampton. Registration will begin at 6:45 a.m., and the race will start at 8 a.m. The event will also include a one-mile walk, and a Tot Trot at 8:45 a.m.

McDonough Mayor Billy Copeland will once again host the city’s annual free Ice Cream Social July 4 from 7-8 p.m., on the Square. For more information, call McDonough City Hall at 770-957-3915