Close to home for July 2

You’ve got a few hours over the weekend and are looking for a nearby diversion – something that doesn’t require reservations or a tank of gas. Welcome to Close to Home! Each week we’ll highlight the quick, quaint and quirky events in your neighborhood. Email submissions to

Jonesboro Fourth of July Parade

Fourth of July Parade by Jonesboro Masonic Lodge 87. 10 a.m. today. North Main Street to Railroad Depot, Jonesboro. A BBQ will follow the parade.

Hiram’s Red, White & Boom

Hiram’s Red, White & Boom with fireworks. 6-10 p.m. today. Free. Ben Strickland Sr. Memorial Park, 372 Oak St., Hiram. Food trucks, Kidz Karnival and 80s rock music from Shyanne.,,

Norcross fireworks

Red, White & BOOM! with fireworks. 5-10 p.m. Sunday. Free but fee for bounce houses. Historic Downtown Norcross / Lillian Webb Park, 65 Lawrenceville St. Continuous shuttle from the Norcross First United Methodist Church, 2500 Beaver Ruin Road. No tents or umbrellas.,

Villa Rica Fireworks Extravaganza

Villa Rica Fireworks Extravaganza. 5 p.m. Sunday. Free. Villa Rica Civic Center and Sports Complex, 1605 Highway 61. Your Girlfriend Band, Ghost Town Band, face painting, inflatable slides, concessions. 770-459-7011,

Kennesaw’s Salute to America

Kennesaw's Salute to America. 6-10 p.m., 7:30 p.m. concert, 9:30 p.m. fireworks Sunday. Free with free parking. Watts Drive, Downtown Kennesaw. Two stages of live music, street entertainment, food vendors, children's activities. Headliner is TUSK, a Fleetwood Mac tribute band. 770-442-9714,

Douglasville homeless vets fundraiser

Soldiers’ Angels Independence Day Fundraiser for Homeless Vets. 9 a.m.-noon Monday. Douglasville Police Department’s Downtown Precinct, Church at Bowden Streets. Chick-fil-A chicken biscuits, soft drinks, snacks will be sold. Donations of boxed tuna/chicken, salad kits, sandwich crackers, fruit cups will be accepted. Dianne Moore,



Douglasville parade, fireworks

Douglasville’s “Living in America” 4th of July Celebration is 10 a.m. parade, 8:45 p.m./dark fireworks Monday. Parade will be along Church Street, downtown Douglasville. Fireworks will be viewed best from Arbor Place Mall, 6700 Douglas Blvd. at I-20. No activities at Hunter Park this year.

Marietta’s 4th in the Park

Marietta's 4th in the Park with a parade, live entertainment, Kid's Zone and fireworks. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday. Free. The 10 a.m. parade will start from Roswell Street Baptist Church, Roswell Street, East Park Square, Glover Park and the Square, Cherokee Street, ending at North Marietta Parkway. "The Voice" finalist Zach Seabaugh will perform on the Glover Park stage from 8-9:30 p.m. followed by fireworks from the First United Methodist Church of Marietta parking lot, 56 Whitlock Ave. NW. 770-423-1330 or email Peter Jezerinac at 770-794-5601 or