Come out and celebrate America’s independence as the City of Marietta hosts the 2016 Fourth in the Park celebration beginning on Monday, July 4, 2016 at 10 am. The Independence Day celebration begins with the Marietta Freedom Parade that starts at Roswell Street Baptist Church and continues west on Roswell Street, then north on East Park Square past Glover Park, then down Cherokee Street, and ends at North Marietta Parkway.

The parade features marching units from local bands, civic organizations, beauty pageant queens, scouts, local businesses of all types, and much more. After the parade there will be free live concerts and entertainment, museum tours, food, arts and crafts, carnival games, and of course fireworks.

2016 Schedule:

  • 10 am – Marietta Freedom Parade
  • 10 am – 9 pm – Festival
  • Noon to 2 pm – Concert TBA
  • 2 pm – National Bell Ringing Ceremony
  • 2:15 pm – Float Contest Awards
  • 8 pm – Concert TBA
  • Fireworks at Dark

The parade spans a 1.5 mile route beginning at Roswell Street Baptist Church and heads west on Roswell St, then north on East Park Square through Marietta Square, then down Cherokee Street and finishing at North Marietta Parkway. The parade features more than two thousand participants in more than one hundred entries, and there will be an estimated thirty thousand people in attendance. Watch as local businesses, civic organizations, beauty queens, bands, scouts, National Guard, and numerous floats participate and compete for prizes based on design, color, theme, appearance, originality, and riders and costumes.

The Arts and Crafts show features more than eighty different vendors showcasing a wide variety of products. The vendors will be open from 10 am to 9 pm.

Food will be available from a variety of concessions beginning at 10 am. Marietta Square restaurants will also be open for business.

Carnival games are available throughout the park at Marietta Square from 10 am to 9 pm; tickets for games available at booths located throughout the park.

Fireworks light up the sky and patriotic music fills the air at dark.

For more information, please call the Marietta Parks and Recreation department at (770) 794-5601.

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Marietta Square Decorated with American Flags


  1. Awesome night for fireworks! Great seats and free parking at community Bible church. Sitting on the hill near white cross looking into a clear sky.

    • Hi Elsie,
      One of the best places to park is the Cobb County Parking Deck. You can enter at the Waddell Street entrance. The Waddell Street entrance is on Waddell Street near the intersection with Hansell St. The best address we can give you for the parking deck is:
      Cobb County Parking Deck – Waddell Street entrance
      Hansell St NW & Waddell St NE
      Marietta, GA 30090

  2. What time do people start showing up to “claim their spot” in the morning? I plan on being there at 8, but is that even early enough to get a good spot in the middle of the square?