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Marietta Square Fourth of July 
Parade, Festival and Fireworks

Load up the lawn chairs, picnic blankets, friends, family, neighbors, flip-flops and all the red, white and blue you can find and head to Marietta Square for a day of fun!

Parade: The festivities begin with a 1.5-mile parade starting at 10 a.m. on Roswell Street Baptist. The parade will travel west on Roswell Street, north on East Park Square through Marietta Square, down Cherokee Street and finish at North Marietta Parkway.

Festival: The celebration on Marietta Square is from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. This family fun event will have free live concerts, arts and crafts, food vendors, kids zone and carnival games.

Fireworks: The big fireworks display begins at 9:30 p.m. and will be shot from the First United Methodist Church parking lot. Arrive early to get a good view and a seat for the fireworks. The streets around the square will be closed to vehicle traffic, so if you can’t find a patch of grass, camp out on the sidewalks and the streets.

BankSouth Named a Top Performing Community Bank in the Nation

BankSouth was founded in 1946 in Lake Oconee, and for the fifth consecutive year, has been named a Top Performing Community Bank in the Nation by Independent Community Bankers of America. BankSouth is a family-owned community bank serving the Lake Oconee, Greensboro, Watkinsville, Athens, Atlanta and Savannah areas.

“We would like to thank our customers, employees, communities and partners for helping us achieve this success. It’s a true honor to be recognized as a top performing community bank by the ICBA for the fifth year in a row,” Harold Reynolds, chairman and CEO of BankSouth, says.

BankSouth ranked in the top 25 for financial performance measurements for community banks with $300 million-$1 billion in assets. BankSouth Mortgage, headquartered in Atlanta, is the fourth-largest purchase mortgage and second-largest construction mortgage provider in Georgia.

“BankSouth measures our success, not in years, but in generations, and I hope that our consistent strong performance continues to reinforce our commitment to our customers and communities,” Reynolds says. “We are driven to keep refining our processes and focus on efficiencies so that we, in turn, can better serve our customers. Being a local bank, we strongly believe in the value of local decision-making and the reinvestment of customers’ money to benefit the good of the community they call home. This achievement means a lot to BankSouth, but at the end of the day, it’s all about continuous improvement to be able to do what’s right for our customers.”

For more information about BankSouth, please visit BankSouth.com and BankSouthMortgage.com.

Georgia Mountain Fair

Mark your calendars for July 21-29 as the 67th annual Georgia Mountain Fair will be underway at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee! You won’t want to miss this fun family event filled with carnival rides, games, arts and crafts, food and live musical performances. There is something for every age to enjoy including North Georgia’s culture attractions.


July 21: Flower show opens at 2 p.m. with live music from Neal McCoy and the Country River Band at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

July 22: Georgia Mountain Fair Parade starts at 11 a.m. with live music from Brenda Lee and the Mountain Home Music Band

July 23: Interfaith Worship Service at 11 a.m. followed by a Gospel Music Show at 2 p.m. featuring The McKameys, Archie Watkins and The Inspirations and Chris Rumfelt and family

July 24: Live music from Ronnie McDowell and Blend at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

July 25: B&K Carnival Dollar Day (gate admission required). Photography exhibit opens at 10 a.m. Live music at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. from Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers and Shelby Lee Low

July 26: Marty Haggard will be playing a tribute to Merle Haggard starting at 2 p.m.

July 27: Bluegrass day with three live performances at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. featuring Rhonda Vincent, Little Roy Lewis & Lizzy Long and Raymond Fairchild

July 28: Concerts at 2 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. by Jim Wood & The Georgia Mountain Fair Band

July 29: Concerts at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. by B.J. Thomas and Jim Wood & The Georgia Mountain Fair Band


Live! at the Battery Atlanta’s PBR Atlanta opened May 12. The cowboy bar, branded by the Professional Bull Riders Association, opened its doors to the unique venue that includes a large dance floor and stage, Coors and Banquet-branded lounges and bars, outdoor balconies with fire pits and multiple bars. One of the main features of PBR Atlanta is the mechanical bull, named “Druw” after former Braves player Andruw Jones. LiveAtTheBatteryAtlanta.com.