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City begins preparing for Fourth festivities
A group looks out over the Cumming Fairgrounds during last year’s fireworks show. - photo by File photo

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The city of Cumming’s annual Fourth of July  festivities will begin at 6 p.m. July 3 with vendors and live music at the Cumming Fairgrounds. The fireworks display will follow at 9:30 p.m. and a dance contest at 10 p.m. The 55th Annual Thomas-Mashburn Steam Engine Parade will begin at 10 a.m. July Fourth on Tribble Gap Road. All events are free to attend.

The city of Cumming has begun gearing up for this year’s Fourth of July festivities.

The fun will begin at 6 p.m. July 3 at the Cumming Fairgrounds with a number of family-friendly activities, said Dave Horton, fairgrounds director.

“There’ll be food vendors and different things,” he said. “There’ll be some kids’ zone stuff going on — inflatables, bungee trampoline jumps and the rock wall, hamster balls. And I’m thinking the guy that does the bungee jump may be bringing a new item this year … like a zip line they put up and run.”

About 7 p.m., Horton said, the local band Feedback will perform. Horton said the band plays “a variety” of music.

“Primarily they cover a lot of classic rock and stuff like that, but they also do some country,” he said. “They play a little bit of everything.”

The evening’s main event, the city’s annual fireworks display, will begin at 9:30 p.m.

Horton said the display will last about 25 minutes.

“I always have them … give you a few more shots in the air at a time, so it makes it a little more spectacular, so I would say it’s probably a 20- to 25-minute display,” Horton said, praising the company that puts on the show each year.

“They always put together such a great format for their show because it looks like a finale when they start, then midway through they’ll have another blaze of shots and people think that’s the end. And then, all of a sudden, it starts back and there’s a real finale at the end.”

Cumming Mayor H. Ford Gravitt said he and his family always enjoy the festivities.

“Every year we all join down there and have a big time,” he said. “And I invite people from other areas to come watch it, so they’re excited.

“A lot of people come from other places, counties and some even come from out of state.”

Horton said after the fireworks display, the annual dance contest will begin at 10 p.m.

“We always do have a lot of good dancers,” he said. “Generally, [the organizer] has some good prizes and we’ll throw in some [Cumming Country Fair & Festival] tickets and some things like that for them to give away too.”

After the dance contest, Horton said, the band will continue to play until about 11 p.m.

“We’ll close things up a little after 11 and come back the next morning for the 55th Annual Thomas-Mashburn Steam Engine Parade that begins at 10 a.m.,” he said.

Gravitt said he always enjoys seeing the crowds lining Tribble Gap Road for the parade.  

“The kids usually enjoy picking up the candy and so forth that everybody throws out,” he said. “We anticipate this being one of the biggest parades maybe that we’ve ever had due to the fact of the political climate.”

The July 31 primary features many contested races for county and state offices.

Both Horton and Gravitt are hoping for good weather for all the festivities.  

“We hope the weather permits a good parade,” Gravitt said. “I hope we have a cool morning for it. But according to some of the long-range forecasts, we’re going to have some hot temperatures, so everybody needs to come with their water and backpacks.”

Added Horton: “If it’s any kind of good weather, we always have a great turnout.”