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Decatur, Avondale Estates celebrate Independence Day with annual parade, fireworks

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Decatur, Avondale Estates celebrate Independence Day with annual parade, fireworks

Photo from Decatur Business Association

Photo from Decatur Business Association

By Ellie Ritter, contributor 

As the Independence Day holiday rolls around, Decatur and Avondale Estates are planning their annual celebrations.

In Decatur, there will be a Pied Piper Parade, a concert on the square and fireworks show.

The parade will make its way through downtown Decatur early Tuesday evening, with parade lineup beginning at 5:30 p.m. Lineup will occur at the First Baptist Church Decatur, located at 308 Clairemont Ave. Pedestrians will gather on the lawn and vehicles will be lined up by volunteers in the parking lot.

The parade is open to anyone, and you can ride your bike, walk or skate as it passes through the city. Neighborhoods and organizations are encouraged to make floats and residents can dress up in their most patriotic attire.

The parade begins at 6 p.m, with the concert on the square following immediately at 7 p.m. in the Community Bandstand, featuring the Callanwolde Concert Band. Fireworks, which are sponsored in part by the Decatur Business Association, will begin after the sun sets, around 9 p.m.

In Avondale Estates, the parade will line up around 9:15 a.m, start at 10 a.m. and finish around 11 a.m. It will start at Avondale High School parking lot, proceed north on Clarendon Ave., and finish at Clarendon Avenue and South Avondale Road. There will be fireworks over Lake Avondale at dusk.

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