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A fes­tive Fourth

This will cer­tainly be a grand week­end in our com­mu­nity and the good news is that it is all free and won’t take much gas if any, for you to be well en­ter­tained.

From Cov­ing­ton to So­cial Cir­cle there will be enough ac­tiv­i­ties in ev­ery com­mu­nity to make you smile and laugh and dance.

On Mon­day, there’s good mu­sic on the square in Cov­ing­ton as the New­ton County Com­mu­nity Band per­forms patriotic tunes be­gin­ning at 5 p.m. The per­for­mance will in­clude a spe­cial salute to our armed forces.

If it’s fire­works you want, you can catch the dis­play Sun­day night on the square in Cov­ing­ton and fol­low up with the Por­terdale and So­cial Cir­cle fire­works on Mon­day.

For some pa­rade fun, Ox­ford will have the largest one around. You can join in, too. It’s at 10 a.m. Mon­day.

So­cial Cir­cle will also be hav­ing its an­nual pa­rade on Mon­day fol­lowed by a big fire­works cel­e­bra­tion. All of these events are guar­an­teed to be fun filled. Look for our booth on the square that we will share with Cov­ing­ton Main Street on Sun­day. You can have your pic­ture taken on a his­toric mo­ment news­pa­per, and the pic­tures will ap­pear on the cov­news.com web­site on Mon­day.

So get your shorts and patriotic shirts on, and bring your flags and be pre­pared to cel­e­brate our nation’s in­de­pen­dence in beau­ti­ful New­ton County.

You can learn more about the events on Page 3B in to­day’s news­pa­per, or go on­line to cov­news.com.

Be care­ful out there

For many of us, fire­works are an in­te­gral part of our Fourth of July fes­tiv­i­ties.

But we urge you to be cau­tious and re­spon­si­ble in their use.

For any back­yard dis­plays or sparklers, please make sure your chil­dren are su­per­vised.

You also need to have a wa­ter hose at hand to put out any sparks that might ig­nite the dry grass or leaves in your yard, and put pets out of harm’s way. Also, keep you cell phone in your pocket so you can call 911 if there is an emer­gency.

En­joy the spark­ers, party pop­pers and fountains that are per­mit­ted un­der Ge­or­gia law.

Aerial or ex­plo­sive de­vices are banned. If you are caught with one of the banned items, you could go to jail for one year and be fined $1,000.

Never, ever, shoot firearms into the air. Those bul­lets don’t just dis­ap­pear; they come down some­where and you could kill some­one.

Please en­joy your­self this Fourth of July, but please take the pre­cau­tions nec­es­sary not to maim your­self or put you or your loved ones in dan­ger.

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