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Fourth of July festivities on tap
Its a big week in Cumming
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Forsyth County News

Coming Wednesday

Don’t miss the FCN’s annual Salute to the Fourth, a complete guide to all of the festivities in Cumming.

Get ready to let your red, white and blue shine through.

The city of Cumming’s annual Independence Day festivities begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Cumming Fairgrounds.

Events kick off with vendors, activities for kids and a live band, followed by the annual fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.

“It’s a great patriotic event,” said Cumming Mayor H. Ford Gravitt. “We’re very excited because you get to see some people that you haven’t seen since a year ago and it’s a family event. Every year, I meet people from all over the country along with the friends.”

The fireworks show is probably the most anticipated Independence Day event.

Dave Horton, director of the fairgrounds, said the show typically lasts about 20 to 25 minutes, featuring all sorts of the colorful explosives.

He said the event typically draws between 20,000 and 25,000 people inside the fairgrounds, and probably another 45,000 to 50,000 throughout the city.

“I’ve never been out there because we have at least 20,000 in [the fairgrounds],” he said.

For those wanting to keep the celebration going, there is also a dance contest following the fireworks display.

On Thursday, the public is invited to enjoy an old-fashioned event as the 56thAnnual Thomas-Mashburn Steam Engine Parade makes its way down Tribble Gap and Castleberry Roads to the fairgrounds.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. and runs until about noon.

Seating along the route is at a premium, so families should plan to arrive early.

They can be entertained by a performance by the Sounds of Sawnee Concert Band, which will play from 9 to 10 a.m. on the courthouse lawn.

As in years past, the stars of the parade will be the antique steam engines, owned and operated for generations by local families.