Morgan County prepares for Fourth of July

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By Tia Lyn Ivey

managing editor 

There is no shortage of patriotic celebrations around Morgan County to commemorate America’s Independence Day.  This Fourth of July weekend, get ready to wave your flags and dress in red, white and blue to huddle next to your loved ones beneath the fireworks. 

On Wednesday, July 3, the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center will hold its annual Independence Day Concert and Picnic on the front lawn from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event is free. 

“Join us as we paint Madison RED, WHITE, AND BLUE for the Cultural Center’s annual Independence Day Concert and Picnic on the front lawn, sponsored by Jones, Ewing, Dobbs & Tamplin, Inc.,” said an MMCC representative. “Summer in Madison would not be complete without this free celebration!  The event will feature live patriotic music by Georgia’s longest operating community band, the Athens Classic City Band, BBQ for sale by Pot’s BBQ and ice cream for sale by Antique Sweets! Bring a picnic, blankets, tables, or chairs and join family and friends for the festivities.”

Another Independence Day festival will be happening at the same time on Wednesday July 3 at Bill Wood Park in Madison. The event will feature bouncy houses, face-painting, food trucks, ice cream, and of course, a brilliant fireworks show at dark. The event begins at 7 p.m. and is also free and open to the public. 

On Thursday, July 4, head over to Riden Grove in Downtown Bostwick for the Annual Fourth of July BBQ, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This  beloved community event draws around 1,000 people each and every year. Celebrate America’s Independence Day while chowing down on Bostwick’s best BBQ and Brunswick Stew. $10 a plate for adults. Money from this event will go to benefit the Bostwick Fire Department and Masonic Lodge. 

“This event has been going on all my life,” said David Nunn, a lifelong Bostwick resident. “It’s a true community event. Local Bostwick people come together to cook, clean, setup, and serve every year and people truly enjoy it.”

Southern Cross Guest Ranch is hosting a special Fourth of July Pool Party on Thursday, July 4 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $21 for adults, $18 for seniors, $14 for kids ages 4-15, and children under the age of 4 get in free.  

“Come celebrate our great country’s Birthday with us!” said a Southern Cross Guest Ranch representative. 

To make reservations, call (706) 342-8027 or email:

The City of Rutledge is not having an official Fourth of July Celebration, but on Friday, July 5, the weekly music in the park concert series will go on as scheduled. Head over to the Rutledge City Park’s gazebo downtown to enjoy and evening of Americana, Folk and Bluegrass tunes from Sweet Harmony. 

Unfortunately, Buckhead’s annual Fourth of July barbecue and fireworks fundraiser, a 50-year tradition, has been cancelled this year. Buckhead announced the decision back in March. Although the annual event has drawn “thousands” of attendees in years past, the Town of Buckhead is not able to accommodate the event this year. The reason, said Buckhead Fire Chief Chuck Jarrell, is two fold. Property used to park cars near downtown Buckhead is being developed and areas used for the fireworks display are being used as active pasture now. 

Primarily, however, is the reduction of volunteers in the fire department. 

If you were a regular attendee of this event, before sure to take advantage of the other Independence Day celebrations around the county.

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