Want to celebrate Independence Day early this year?
While the citizens of Norcross are used to the tradition by now, many may still be unfamiliar with the city's Annual Pre-Fourth of July Celebration on July 3 at Lillian Webb Park.
Even though it takes place before the actual holiday, the celebration still goes all out with its festivities. Expect the usual live music and fireworks, but there will be tons of food and family activities, too, all handled by the Norcross Business Association.
Be sure to check out the inflatable slide and a moonwalk, pony rides, face painting, edible sand art by Sandy Candy and more for the kids, and there also will be caricature drawings and a dunk tank set up for everyone's entertainment.
As for food, there's plenty to go around for the day-long celebration: ice cream, funnel cakes, and other festival food will be available to keep those bellies happy. Shane's Rib Shack, Waffle House, Petey's All Around Town and Dippin' Dots will have booths set up with their foods, and the local masonic lodge will be grilling up hot dogs while the Norcross Lions Club makes cotton candy.
While the vendors will set up their camps by 4 p.m., expect the music to start at 3 p.m., said to Rachel Cook, the organizer of the event and a member of the Norcross Business Association. Guilty Pleasure will kick off the event with their variety of covers, from Frank Sinatra to Kings of Leon. Taking the stage at 5 p.m. is the Nathan Ware Band, a country group from Alpharetta. Finally at 7:30 p.m., the Mike Veal Band will end the night with a diverse collection of of blues, rock and funk before the spectacular fireworks show.
The concerts and fireworks are free, so grab some chairs and a blankets to enjoy the day in Historic Downtown Norcross. The city website advises against bringing tents or glass containers of sorts, but picnics and to-go dinner from the downtown eateries are acceptable.
Norcross' Pre-Fourth of July Celebration starts at 3 p.m. and lasts all day until its time for the fireworks at Lillian Webb Park. The park is located at 5 College Street in downtown Norcross.
For more information, visit the city of Norcross website.