Fireworks displays feature viewing points on land, water
by Marie Nesmith
Jun 24, 2014 | 2326 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With numerous fireworks displays scheduled throughout northwest Georgia, Bartow residents will have a variety of vantage points to enjoy the Independence Day festivities.

Stars, Stripes & Cartersville

In Cartersville, the pyrotechnic shows will kick off July 4 with Stars, Stripes & Cartersville. To be held at nightfall at Dellinger Park, the fireworks presentation by the Cartersville Optimist Club, the city of Cartersville and Bartow County government is expected to draw about 15,000 people.

The display will conclude the Stars, Stripes & Cartersville’s daylong offerings — a parade followed by activities at Dellinger Park — that will benefit the Cartersville Optimist Club’s outreach efforts.

“I think it’s the southend of the football field — just kind of away from the crowd — that’s where we’ll be launching,” said Bill Watson, event coordinator for JRM Management, which is working with Cartersville Optimist Club to produce the Dellinger Park festivities. “... For reference, I don’t know if you know the layout there, but field No. 1 is where we’ll have our stage set up and concert and all that and that’s where a lot of people will throw out their blankets and kind of watch the fireworks. But being shot within the park, they’re right on top of you. So it’s a really cool effect.”

Stars, Stripes & Cartersville will get underway with The Metro Kia Fourth of July Parade — presented by WBHF radio and the Optimist Club — that will begin and end at Tabernacle Baptist Church’s parking lot. After lining up at 7:30 a.m., the entrants will depart at 9 a.m., proceeding down Douglas Street, Church Street, Bartow Street, Main Street, Stonewall Street and back to Church Street and Douglas Street. The grand marshal for this year’s procession will be Ken Cook, chief meteorologist for FOX 5 Atlanta, and his wife, Susie.

For more information or to obtain a parade application, individuals need to call Leslie Bronson with WBHF at 770-386-1450, visit or drop by the radio station at 7 N. Wall St. in Cartersville. There will be a $40 fee for each entry, ranging from floats to bands.

After the parade, the Dellinger Park festivities at 100 Pine Grove Road, Cartersville, will begin at 10 a.m. and feature vendors, children’s activities and live entertainment. Prior to the fireworks display, there also will be a complimentary concert with music provided by Peachtree Station from 8 to 9:30 p.m. While the event will not feature any admission fees, there will be a $2 parking charge.

Additional information about Stars, Stripes & Cartersville can be obtained at or the event’s Facebook page.

Fireworks Hike

For those seeking a unique perspective of the celebration, the Fireworks Hike at Pine Mountain Recreation Area on July 4 will provide an elevated view of Dellinger Park’s firework display as well as several of Cobb County’s municipalities.

After meeting at the West Trailhead at the end of Main Street in Cartersville — near Interstate 75’s Exit 288 and Komatsu — at 8:15 p.m., Greg Anderson, director of Cartersville Parks and Recreation Department, will lead participants on a 1.57-mile trek at 8:30 p.m. From the summit at 1,562 feet above sea level, hikers should be able to look down on several organized firework displays.

“If it’s a clear day, they’ll be visible from Pine Mountain,” Anderson said. “... You can look west and see the Dellinger Park fireworks [and] you can look south and you can see [the displays presented by] ... the city of Acworth [and] the city of Marietta. ... It’s just a great view. You can just look out at any specific time and you’ll see fireworks going off.”

For more information about the Fireworks Hike, call Cartersville Parks and Recreation Department at 770-387-5626.

Allatoona Yacht Club

On July 5, the Allatoona Yacht Club will present its fireworks program at dark.

“I would say it’s kind of a commercial grade fireworks display on the lake,” Allatoona Yacht Club Commodore Scott Leavell said. “It’s about 30 minutes of fireworks and it’s launched off of a dock in the water. So the fireworks are over water, which is kind of a spectacular display and it’s best viewed from the water.

“We have boats of all shapes and sizes that moor out on the lake. I would venture to say we have several hundred boats that come and moor out in the different coves and etc. By the way, it’s spectacular if you’ve never seen it from shore. Especially after the fireworks when it gets dark, all those boats with their lights on, it’s kind of fantastic to see.”

Additional details can be obtained about the Allatoona Yacht Club’s display at