A great Fourth of July celebration
What a great time we all had July 3 on the downtown square.
I was impressed with the large turnout of people from all over this great county looking to spend a relaxing afternoon listening to good music, spending time with family and friends, and of course watching some of the best fireworks I can remember seeing.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank a few groups for making the Independence Day celebration a success.
Most folks have no idea what it takes to produce an event like this.
There are so many unknowns to contend with when you’re trying to plan. How many people will come? What will the weather do? Who will come to the square, or who will choose to sit in other parking lots or locations around the city? How should the square be blocked off and at what time?
I think you get the picture.
This is where the people who worked behind the scene come in.
First, thanks go to Mack McKibben and Josephine Kelly for the planning of the event and making it run smoothly.
A very special thankyou goes to the City Of Covington Public Works Department for moving barricades, re-routing traffic, and helping keep the square clean and looking nice. These crews worked late after the event to make sure our square was left in its beautiful, scenic form.
One of my goals was to promote a very safe event from a Public Safety standpoint. Chief John McNeil, Deputy Chief David Gunter, and Capt. Craig Treadwell did an excellent job planning for the public safety response to this event.
We weren’t just focused on the square, but also on all those other areas around the city where large crowds gathered. We had to be prepared for every contingency and we were.
I also need to thank Newton County Fire, Newton County EMS, Newton County Sheriff’s Office, Rockdale Sheriff’s Office, and the Georgia State Patrol. They provided personnel and equipment to make sure the event was safe. Working with all of these agencies was a great effort enjoyed by all.
Finally, I need to thank the largest group that made this event so successful, the citizens. Considering the amount of people who descended onto the square and surrounding areas, everyone was well-behaved.
We had nothing more than a few minor incidents. Thank you.
For the record, total calls related to the Fourth of July were minimal. People listened to the request for a safe holiday and we were blessed by having one.
The police department received just one call for discharge of a firearm on July 4 and none on July 3. Thanks again for using your head and having a happy but safe celebration of our country’s independence.