Stars and Stripes Fest filled with food, fun, and fireworks

COVINGTON — Main Street Covington invites the community to “stay the day and light the night” in Downtown Covington with Stars and Stripes Fest 2019 on July 4. The event, presented by the city of Covington and JACO Contracting Inc., will feature performances by Funk Factory 5, The Maloy Brothers Bluegrass Band, the Newton County Community Band & Mass Choir and Latin jazz band Canelita Sabrosa.

Several activities for kids of all ages will be available such as large inflatables, spider jump, a dunking booth presented by the Covington Fire Department, a cow train, a video game trailer and much more. Some individual activities will be available for a fee; however, the event admission is free.

Food vendors will also be available and will be selling a variety of options such as pizza, hotdogs and hamburgers, barbeque and even “gator-on-a-stick” along with ice cream, shaved ice, and Italian ice to wash it down. If you have a craving for your favorite Downtown Covington restaurants, they will be open as well as some of the retail stores with special Fourth of July promotions.

JACO Contracting and Fat Boys Golf Carts will have limited golf cart shuttles throughout downtown during the event. Designated handicap parking will be available at the downtown branch of BB&T, which is located at 1134 Clark St. SW as well as the BB&T location on U.S. Highway 278. The golf cart pickup and drop off locations will be at both BB&T locations, the Elm Street side of Mayfield’s Ace Hardware, and Morgan Plaza.

Light the night with one of the Southeast’s largest fireworks displays starting around 9:40 p.m. The fireworks display is presented by the city of Covington and Friends of Covington Fireworks LLC.

Sponsors of the event include: the city of Covington, JACO

Contracting Inc., High Priority Plumbing - Metro Atlanta, Active Pest Control (Conyers), Newton County, Turning Point Church, Fat Boy's Golf Carts & Powersports - Covington, Beauty Bar Med Spa, Bulldog Tire Company, Piedmont Newton Hospital, Planet Fitness (Covington), Snapping Shoals EMC, Synovus Bank, The Arts Association in Newton County, The Covington News, United Bank of Covington, Wright Expressions Photography LLC and Christina Dahn Designs.

Below is a list of frequently asked questions about the event.

Q: What exact time do the kids’ activities and events begin? A: The event and activities will begin at 3 p.m.

Q: I heard that Spiderman and some other characters are going to be at the event. Is this true?

A: Yes, it is! We will have some of your favorite Marvel and Disney characters available from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. for photos. It will be free to meet the characters and have your pictures taken with them.

Q: What happens if it rains?
A: Public Safety will make the final call, but if there is a chance of slight showers the event will still take place.

Q: Can we bring a canopy tent to use until the sun goes down?

A: No canopies or tents allowed.

Q: I heard there might be a Veterans portion/ program. If this is correct, what time is it?

A: The veterans will be recognized before the National Anthem around 9:40 p.m.

Q: What suggestions do you have for parking?
A: Park wherever you can, legally. We cannot guarantee parking for everyone, just do your best. We highly recommend carpooling.

Q: Can we use a credit card to purchase the event T-shirts, or is it cash only?
A: The event T-shirts will be given away for free on a first-come, first-served basis on the days leading up to the event. Stay tuned to our social media pages to see where the shirts will be given away. The shirts will also be available for purchase for $15 at the Visitor Information Center, which is located at 2101 Clark St. SW. All proceeds from the T-shirt sales will go to Covington’s Police Who Care Fund. Cash and checks only will be accepted. No credit cards, please.

Q: Are you providing snacks or water for free?
A: No, there will be plenty of food vendors selling food and drinks.

Q: Is this a dog-friendly event?
A: Due to the noise of fireworks and volume of people expected we recommend you do not bring your dog. If you do bring your dog to the event, please make sure that your dog is on a leash and that you clean up after your dog.

Q: Can I bring my golf cart to the event?
A: Golf carts will be allowed around the Square until 4 p.m. No golf carts will be allowed around the Square after 4 p.m. due to the volume of people.

Q: What time will the roads close?
A: The roads will be closed at 6 a.m. Please do not park on the Square overnight.

Q: Where are the fireworks being shot from?
A: They will be fired from behind the Historic Courthouse.

Q: Who is going to play music and when will it start?
A: We have a variety of musicians including Funk Factory 5, The Maloy Brothers Bluegrass Band, the Newton County Community Band & Mass Choir and Latin jazz band Canelita Sabrosa. We will also have a variety of music from DJ Kid Tree. Music will start at 3 p.m. and will continue until about 9:40 p.m. when the National Anthem begins.

Q: Will the activities be on the Square?

A: All activities and performances will take place on and around the Square.

Q: Any chance someone could stream it live for those of us who cannot come?
A: We will do our best, but we tend to have technical difficulties with the Wi-Fi. We hope we will not run into that issue, but we cannot promise anything.

For the most up-to-date information, please follow Main Street Covington on social media at www.facebook.com/downtowncovintonga or @downtowncovingtonga. Be sure to use the event’s official hashtag #CovGA4th. If you have any questions, please send them to lsingleton@newtonchamber.com.

Main Street Covington is a locally funded non-profit volunteer organization comprised of residents, professionals, and property and business owners. Main Street Covington is committed to doing its part to create an atmosphere in Covington’s downtown / Central Business District (CBD) that encourages a thriving economy.

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I have been editor of the Rockdale Citizen since 1996 and editor of the Newton Citizen since it began publication in 2004. I am also currently executive editor of the Clayton News Daily, Henry Daily Herald and Jackson Progress-Argus.

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