The city of Perry is gearing up for the Fourth with its second annual Independence Parade.
This year they say the parade will be bigger and better. The sights and sounds of downtown Perry will change come Sunday evening. Even downtown businesses are staying open late to celebrate our country's independence.
"We're going to try to avoid some of the heat we had last year. We'll start at 6 p.m., and the route will be exactly the same. We'll go from Washington Street to Main Street to Courtney Hodges and end at the Georgia National Fairgrounds," explains Chamber of Commerce President, Stacy Campbell.
She says, "The parade has tons of units this year -- lots of military, military families, veterans, we've got a couple of bands, lots of great floats that are being built."
The Mercer pipes and drums are coming down to lead off the parade with bagpipes, and Perry's own Casey Hayward is the parade's grand marshal.
"Casey's originally from Perry, he played football at Perry High School, went on to play at Vanderbilt and then got drafted by the Green Bay Packers," explains Campbell.
They're also putting up bleachers this year so you can watch the parade right in front of the New Perry Hotel.
"It's going to give us a chance to stay open later for them and give a new crowd of people the chance to come into the New Perry Hotel and have chance to partake in our food," says hotel owner Patty Johnson.
The parade will end at the north gate of the Georgia National Fairgrounds. From there the celebration continues with a live band, kids activities, food and fireworks.
"We have not had fireworks in Perry for the last six or seven years since the Big Bang Boom stopped happening, so the chamber is really excited to bring the fireworks back and we're hoping people will come out to enjoy them," says Campbell.
Business owners hope the event draws people into Perry and makes the city a destination others want to visit.
The parade is free and starts at 6 p.m. The fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. You can bring your own food or drinks, but organizers ask that you leave alcohol and pets at home.