However, this year it will be an even greater tribute as, for the first time in the city’s history, the title of grand marshal for the parade has been bestowed posthumously.
Douglasville Mayor Harvey Persons announced last week that the late metro Atlanta traffic reporter “Capt.” Herb Emory will be the grand marshal.
However, not only will the grand marshal’s traditional seat in the lead car be empty, but a motorcycle unit of the Douglasville Police Department will follow the car in a “missing man” formation in memory of Emory. Emory’s wife, Karen, will ride in the grand marshal car.
Emory was a longtime Douglas County resident and was active in the community, including serving as a member of the Douglas County Animal Control Advisory Board.
The parade is scheduled to step off at 10 a.m. with the route winding through downtown Douglasville before ending at Hunter Park. For more information on the parade, call (770) 947-5920.
It will be followed at 11 a.m. by the 17th annual Festival in the Park to benefit the S.H.A.R.E. House, a Douglas County family violence crisis center.
S.H.A.R.E. is an acronym for Someone Helping Another through Resources and Education.
The festival will feature games, barbecue, vendors and live entertainment, including the Douglasville Idol talent contest.
Arts and craft vendors can apply to be in the festival through today with booths available for $50. Call (770) 855-3527 for more information.
The fireworks show will close the festival beginning at dark. Organizers recommend Arbor Place Mall’s parking lot as the best location for viewing.
In another July 4 activity, a fund-raiser for Soldiers’ Angels is planned at the National Guard Armory on Church Street. Food and merchandise will be sold from 9 a.m. to noon to aid the organization which supports active-duty troops, homeless veterans and Veteran’s Administration patients.
Also, Douglasville City Councilman Samuel Davis will host an 8 p.m. show at the Douglasville Conference Center called the “Vegas Style! Night of the Legends Celebrity Impersonator Concert.”
It will feature Michael Jackson impersonator Bobby Miller performing some of the late entertainer’s greatest hits.