By WINSTON SKINNER
The United States will celebrate its 243rd birthday on Thursday, and celebrations will be taking place in Newnan, Moreland and Grantville.
Grantville’s celebration is scheduled for Wednesday, July 3. Newnan’s parade and fireworks – and the daylong celebration in Moreland – will be on the actual birthday on Thursday.
On the calendar are:
Grantville, July 3
•5 p.m., community festival, sponsored by Grantville Police Department, with food trucks and music leading to fireworks at dark. Bounce houses, water slide, motorcycle show.
Newnan, July 4
•9 a.m., parade starts at Veterans Memorial Plaza at the city park on Temple Avenue and ends at the Greenville Street Park. Vendors and farm produce on South Court Square.
•5:30 p.m., gate opens at Drake Stadium, Newnan High School, for fireworks sponsored by Newnan Rotary Club. Live music, 6:30 p.m. Fireworks at dark.
Moreland, July 4
•8:30 a.m., Patriotic Bike Parade for children, in front of Moreland United Methodist Church. Cash prizes. Followed by dog walk with prizes.
•9 a.m., Puckett Station Festival on the Fourth, Moreland Mill. Raising of the flag, National Anthem.
•9 a.m.-3 p.m., vendors at Moreland Mill and in the downtown area. Music, strolling performers, World War I exhibit.
•11 a.m., Moreland Barbecue, Lewis Grizzard Memorial Pavilion, behind Moreland Mill. Plates, $9. Quart of stew or pork, $10. A gallon of stew, $40.
•noon, reading from the Declaration of Independence, Moreland Mill.
•1-2 p.m., “Ira Caldwell, father of novelist Erskine,” docent in character welcoming visitors to Erskine Caldwell Birthplace and Museum.