JaNoah Master, 7, a Cub Scout with pack 473, helps hold up the flag during The Marietta Freedom Parade on Wednesday July 4, 2018.
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Marietta hosts patriotic decorating contest in lieu of 4th of July parade

The COVID-19 pandemic won’t stop the city of Marietta from celebrating Independence Day in style. 

The city, which decided to cancel its Fourth of July festivities due to the pandemic, will instead hold a patriotic decorating contest in its place. 

Residents, businesses and neighborhoods are encouraged to decorate their yards, windows and streets for the holiday. Once your best display of patriotism is complete, snap a photo of your creation and submit it and your contact information to the city’s website

The deadline to enter the contest is Tuesday, June 30. A committee will meet July 1 to determine the winners, and those lucky contestants will be unveiled July 2. 

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Marietta isn’t leaving your four-legged family members out of the fun. You can also enter your beloved fur babies in the city’s online patriotic pet contest. Residents have until June 18 to showcase their pets outfitted in their red, white and blue best.  

A judging committee will choose some of the top entries, and the public will vote for the Best in Show winner. Voting for the best patriotic pets will open to the public June 22-26. Check the city’s Facebook page for updates.

“The coronavirus has put a hold on everyone’s life and affected our community in many ways,” said Mayor Steve “Thunder” Tumlin. “We have changed our way of life, how our children go to school, how we shop, how we take care of our families, but I believe some things have not changed – our love of our nation still runs deep. While we canceled the July 4th celebrations in Marietta, I hope our spirit can still shine through to others and it is my hope that this little patriotic contest might provide a little carefree happiness for our community.”

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