4th of July in Marietta, Georgia (and Other Summer Activities)

With summer just starting, kids are singing “Hallejulah!”, and parents are shaking their heads. College kids are sitting idle, trying to choose between visiting the pool and seeing another 3-D movie (why those are so popular is anyones guess). There are other activies to choose from this summer, but they vary from visiting White Water, Lake Lanier, or the zoo. Most of those other activities are expensive and not a very creative way to spend the summer. Local events and festivals are going to take place here in Marietta, Georgia, and here’s the when and where on most of ’em.

Taking place on the last Friday of every month until September, Glover Park will be the setting for free live concerts. The music cues up at 8 o’clock, no matter the weather conditions. For front row tables, the price is $45-55, seating 6-8 people. You are encouraged to set up blankets and lawn chairs in the park, but personal tables can only be erected in the street on North Park Square. Music selection varies from jazz, 80’s, and rock.

Every Saturday morning, you can attend the Marietta Square Farmer’s Market. From 9am-12pm, fresh foods are sold from booths all along the historic Marietta Square. Also in the Square on Saturday mornings will be the Artists Market. The Artists Market is a collection and display of local college artists in the area.

Beginning June 10th through the 26th, Rent will be playing at The Strand Theater. The Pulitzer-Prize Tony Award-winning play follows the lives of a group of characters struggling to live and love in New York City. Tickets range from $27.50-$48.70 and can be purchased online at the Atlanta Lyrical Theater website.

If you’re feeling particularly Georgian this summer, you might want to attend the annual Gone with the Wind Museum’s special event on June 10th and 11th. Three of the actors will be brought in (Ann Rutherford, Mickey Kuhn, and Patrick Curtis) for panel discussions, ‘breakfast with the stars’, and a general celebration of the 75th birthday of the famous novel that takes place June 30th. Admission is $7 for adults and $6 for seniors and students.

For a spookier turn, take part in Scary-etta, a bonafide ghost tour in some of Marietta’s most ‘haunted’ spots. The tour begins aboard a trolley, lasts for about 90 minutes, and ends with some walking though a cemetary, bar, and firehouse. One of the most highlighted stories on the tour is that of the “Lady in Black”. June 3rd, 15th, and 18th are a few of the scheduled dates for such ghost tours as Spirits and Spirits, and the Haunted Pub Crawl. Adult tickets cost $25, while kids 12 and under get in for $12. Reservations can be made by visiting the Historic MariettaTrolley Co. website.

Every Sunday through October 9th, alternative rock station 99X is hosting Unplugged in the Park, a free concert series that takes place at Park Tavern in Atlanta. Be there by 7 p.m. to catch the start of the show, and know that the concerts are only for those 21 and up. Children are allowed as long as they are accompanied by an adult. To look at a line-up of music artists taking part in Unplugged, check out the 99X website.

July 4th doesn’t have to be celebrated just one day. At least, not here in Marietta. Sunday, July 3rd, a patriotic concert and fireworks show will be held at the Mount Paran North Church of God off of All Good Road. Fireworks begin at 7:30 and the Georgia Symphony Orchestra will be there to perform alongside the visual display.

On Monday July 4th, there will be an all day event at Marietta Square called Fourth in the Park. It will start with the Freedom Parade at 10am (from the Roswell Street Baptist Church, ending at the Square), National Bell ringing at 2pm, Parade Awards Ceremony at 2:15pm, and fireworks will end the day as soon as the sky darkens. If rain ruins the plans, the festivities will be held the next day.

Glover Park Concert Series, Marietta’s Online Magazine

Marietta Square Artists and Farmers Market, City of Marietta Calender

Patriotic Concert and Fireworks, American Towns Database

Rent, Events on the Square

Scary-etta, Marietta Trolley Co.

Unplugged in the Park 2011, 99X online