Wednesday, June 25, 2008

PTC Releases Map of July 4th Route and Information

The Peachtree City Recreation Department has released a map showing the parade line up, the water station locations and the porta john locations. “We thought it would be a good idea to inform everyone ahead of time where water stations would be, where the parade will start, and where the porta johns will be located,” says Ashley Alonso, parade coordinator.

The parade will begin at Village On The Green and continue north on Peachtree Parkway. It will turn left onto McIntosh and disburse into the Recreation Department and Huddleston Elementary School parking lots. There will be three water stations along the route. They will be located at Braelinn Road and Peachtree Parkway, Loghouse Road and Peachtree Parkway, and at Crosstown and Peachtree Parkway.

All parade participants need to be in line no later than 7:45 am if they want their entry judged. Judging will begin promptly at 8 am and the parade will begin at 9am. Spots will be marked and parade staff will be available to help line the participants up and guide everyone in the right direction. Everyone needs to be ready no later than 8:45 am. “This is going to be a great parade with unique entries and a lot of floats,” says Alonso.

This year there will be a total of 31 porta johns, including two that are handicap accessible. The porta johns will be scattered along the parade route and throughout the city. They will be at City Hall, all along the Parkway, Battery Way, in front of the fire station, Dover Square and by the Wyndham Hotel.

The 700-800 foot fire safety zone will affect Picnic Park and Drake Field. Those areas will be prohibited for spectators. The All Children’s Playground will remain open for play until 8 pm. At this time, all persons must be cleared from the area. All other areas at City Hall will remain open for viewing. The Fire Department will hold the Fire Expo at Drake Field from 2 pm until 4 pm. At that time all citizens will be asked to clear the area. Alonso says, “There will be a variety of food vendors and music by Cedar Hill at City Hall for your enjoyment.”

In order to ensure a safe environment for residents viewing the fireworks presentation, a buffer of 700-800 feet in all directions from the area of discharge must be maintained. All safe areas will be marked by red or yellow security tape, placed in the area by July 3rd. Even though much of the Picnic Park area is affected, the All Children’s Playground will remain open for play until 8 pm. At that time, all persons must be cleared from the area, since this is in the safety zone and no patrons can view fireworks from that area, to prepare for the show which begins at dusk. The safe zone is based on the requirements of the fireworks contractor.

The Fire Department reminds residents that no consumer fireworks are allowed to be used, sold or possessed on any city-owned or controlled property.

For more information please contact the Recreation Department at 770-631-2542 or visit our website at or on the City website at

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