2022 Independence Day Celebrations in Middle Georgia


Independence Day celebrations start well before July 4th this year in Middle Georgia (Graphic courtesy of https://foto.wuestenigel.com)

Middle Georgia families know how to celebrate Independence Day, whether with family get-togethers or celebrating with neighbors at local events there will be sounds of laughter and smells of delicious grilled foods being cooked.

This year there will be lots of unique events taking place around Middle Georgia throughout the weekend featuring live music, food, and some impressive fireworks shows.

Thursday, June 30th

Independence Day Extravaganza in Gray | 6:30 p.m.

This event will feature "music, food trucks, fireworks, and bounce houses". Independence Day Extravaganza takes place at the Morris Bank Recreation Center located at 146 Recreation Road (off of Hwy 18 East in Gray.

Friday, July 1st 

Independence Day Celebration in Centerville | 6 - 10 p.m.

This annual event includes free admission and parking. Everyone is invited to bring their picnic blankets or chairs and relax while listening to live music, eating from food trucks, and enjoying a fireworks show. Illusionist Evan Dupree will perform along with the band The Swinging Medallions and Party-Man Pro DJ. This event takes place at 103 East Church Street in Centerville.

Saturday, July 2nd 

Independence Day Weekend Brunswick Stew and Peach Ice Cream Celebration in Milledgeville | 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Huff's Market is a community store that has been around since the 1950s so they know how to celebrate Independence Day. Royce Josey (affectionately known as Grandaddy) will have his famous Brunswick stew and there will be a limited supply of homemade peach ice cream. Huff's Market can be found at 488 GA-49 West in Milledgeville.

Independence Day Celebration in Griffin | 2 p.m.

This event will have live music, fun games, food, and a fireworks show. This family-friendly event takes place at The Lake Pavilion located at 460 Aerodrome Way in Griffin.

Independence Day Celebration in Warner Robins | 5 p.m. 

This celebration will feature bands Con Funk Shun, Atlanta Rhythm Section, and special guest Company of Crows. There will be a fireworks show at sunset. Warner Robins' Independence Day Celebration take place in the parking lot of McConnell-Talbert Stadium which is located at 401 S Davis Drive in Warner Robins.

Main Street USA Celebration in Forsyth | 8 p.m. 

This Independence Day celebration will include music on the downtown square and fireworks starting at 9:30 p.m. Main Street USA Celebration takes place at 46 North Harris Street in Forsyth.

Independence Day Celebration in Barnesville | 5 - 11:45 p.m.

Organizers for this event promise "funkrockilicious live music", BBQ, a snow cone truck, corn hole games, and a fireworks show. Attendees are invited to bring their own chairs, tents, and dancing shoes. This event will start at 4 p.m., food will be served from 7 until 11 p.m., and there will be a fireworks show starting at dark. Rumor is the fireworks will last up to 45 minutes long at this event. This event takes place at VFW Post 6542 located at 361 Old 41 Highway in Barnesville.

Independence Day Celebration in Manchester | 6 p.m.

The City of Manchester invites you to a patriotic celebration of the holiday with live music from the talented 116th United States Army Band. This event will take place at 10 Callaway Street in Manchester.

City of Milledgeville Independence Day Fireworks | 8:45 p.m.

The City of Milledgeville is once again celebrating Independence Day after not having an event for two years due to the pandemic. This event will include fireworks and will take place at Central Georgia Technical College's campus located at 40 SR-22 West in Milledgeville

We at Middle Georgia Times wish you a safe and very Happy Independence Day.

Monday, July 4th 

4th of July Fireworks at Lake Tobesofkee in Lizella | 9 p.m.

The parks at Lake Tobesofkee will be open to Middle Georgia families all day. Then a fireworks show at Sandy Beach will start around dark. Entry to the parks costs $3 per person. Lake Tobesofkee is located off of Moseley Dixon Road near I-475

If you plan on taking anything with disposable packaging (like sodas or individually packaged food) please be sure to bring something to transport your trash back home. A volunteer who usually picks up litter after the Independence Day celebration at Lake Tobesofkee recently told me that a large amount of trash is usually left behind after the event, including things like broken bottles and other items that are dangerous for local wildlife.

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