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Sprayberry Band Alum performs with National Symphony Orchestra


Sprayberry Band of Gold alumn Christopher Martin performed with the National Symphony Orchestra on “A Capital Fourth” on July 4, 2013.

Congratulations to Chris on an amazing performance. We’re proud you call East Cobb home!


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Fun Facts: 4th of July by the Numbers

32On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. As always, this most American of holidays will be marked by parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues across the country.

2.5 million – In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation.

Source: Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970

311.7 million – The nation’s estimated population on this July Fourth.

Source: US Census Population

A Fourth of July Prayer

We lift up our hearts, O God, on this day of celebration in gratitude for the gift of being Americans.We rejoice with all those who share in the great dream of freedom and dignity for all.

With flags and feasting, with family and friends,we salute those who have sacrificed that we might have the opportunity to bring to fulfillment our many God-given gifts.

As we deny all prejudice a place in our hearts,may we also clearly declare our intention to work for the time when all people, regardless of race, religion or sex, will be granted equal dignity and worth.

Come, O gracious God,who led your children Israel from slavery, keep us free from all that might hold us in bondage.

Bless our country and join our simple celebration that we may praise you, our Source of freedom, the One in whom we place our trust.

(Ed Hays, A Pligrim’s Almanac: Reflections for Each Day of the Year, p. 111)

EAST COBBER Frugal FunMom Field Trip of the Day: Happy Fourth of July!


Fourth of July Parade – Marietta Parks and Recreation Start your Fourth of July with a parade! starts 10am at Roswell Street Baptist Church, 774 Roswell Street SE, Marietta, and ends at North Marietta Parkway.  Followed by concerts, museum tours, arts and crafts show, food, carnival games, and fireworks finale at 9:30pm in Glover Park/Marietta Square.

Cost: FREE

Time: 10am-9:30pm

Where: 774 Roswell Street SE, Marietta GA

More info: 770-794-5601 or


Fireworks Indian Hills

You can also enjoy Fireworks close to home with a Fireworks Show at Indian Hills Country Club (IHCC).  IHCC allows the community to come by and grab a seat on the lawn and enjoy the fireworks extravaganza.

Cost: FREE

When: 9 p.m.-ish

Where: 4001 Clubland Drive, Marietta GA

For more info:

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Put Together a Patriotic Playlist

Stars and Stripes

Hosting a Fourth of July celebration this weekend? By now you’ve likely chosen your menu, thought about how you’ll be setting the table, and possibly have hung the flag over the front porch. But what about a patriotic set of tunes to complete your party atmosphere?

Whether you’re looking for tunes to play over cocktails, on the float in the holiday parade, or to go along with your fireworks display, we’ve put together a list of our classic and contemporary picks that are guaranteed to get you in a red-white-and-blue kind of mood.

Is there a particular song we missed? Share what will be on your patriotic playlist this year below!


America the Beautiful — Ray Charles
America — Neil Diamond
Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue — Toby Keith
This Land is Your Land — Woody Guthrie
Living in America — James Brown
Stars and Stripes Forever — Arthur Fielder and Boston Pops Orchestra
Star-Spangled Banner — Whitney Houston
You’re a Grand Old Flag — US Military Academy Band
Ragged Old Flag — Johnny Cash
Back in the USA — Chuck Berry
Yankee Doodle Boy — James Cagney

Contemporary Favorites

Born in the U.S.A. — Bruce Springsteen
How Can You Live in the Northeast — Paul Simon
American Baby — Dave Matthews
American Woman — Lenny Kravitz
Take Me Home — Phil Collins
America — Simon & Garfunkel

Songs Inspired by the 50 States

California Girls — Katy Perry
Empire State of Mind — Jay-Z
Deep in the Heart of Texas — Perry Como
Sweet Home Alabama — Lynrd Skynyrd
Rhode Island is Famous for You — Blossom Dearie

What’s on your Patriotic Playlist? Tell us in the comments.

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Help Your Country Beyond the Fourth of July

The Fourth of July, or Independence Day, is a federal holiday that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of the Independence on July 4th, 1776. Here are different ways to show your patriotism year-round by volunteering, making a donation, and other ways to help your country:



Fly the American Flag

Invest in America

Provide Tips

Support Our Troops

Volunteer Time

Work for the U.S.A.


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Are you a proud patriot? Show us your Fourth photos!


East Cobb kids showing their patriotism on July 4, 2012.

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Send photos of your fabulous Fourth, both past and present, to or Flags, fireworks, food and fun – all the fixings for a fantastic photo op!

It’s time to celebrate America East Cobb!


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Leave fireworks to the experts this Fourth of July

Just in time for the Fourth of July, the National Fire Protection Association released its fireworks report, which explores fire and injury dangers related to consumer fireworks. The report shows that in 2010 alone, an estimated 15,500 reported fires were started by fireworks and 8,600 fireworks-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms. The risk of fireworks injury is highest for children ages 5-14. Cobb Fire and Emergency Services staff encourage residents to leave fireworks to the professionals. Consumer fireworks include sparklers and firecrackers. The tip of a sparkler burns at a temperature of more than 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to cause third-degree burns. The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.


(Source: CobbLine)

Cobb County Government offices will close on Independence Day

Cobb County government offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4, in honor of the Independence Day holiday.

County offices will reopen for normal hours the following day, Friday, July 5.


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Food Trivia for your Fourth of July Cookout

bxp167024More than 1 in 4 – The chance that the hot dogs and pork sausages consumed on the Fourth of July originated in Iowa. The Hawkeye State was home to 19.0 million hogs and pigs on March 1, 2011. This estimate represents more than one-fourth of the nation’s estimated total. North Carolina (8.6 million) and Minnesota (7.6 million) were also homes to large numbers of pigs.

Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

6.8 billion pounds – Total production of cattle and calves in Texas in 2010. Chances are good that the beef hot dogs, steaks and burgers on your backyard grill came from the Lone Star State, which accounted for about one-sixth of the nation’s total production. And if the beef did not come from Texas, it very well may have come from Nebraska (4.6 billion pounds) or Kansas (4.1 billion pounds).

Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

6 – Number of states in which the value of broiler chicken production was $1 billion or greater between December 2009 and November 2010. There is a good chance that one of these states — Georgia, Arkansas, North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi or Texas — is the source of your barbecued chicken.

Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

Over 1 in 3 – The odds that your side dish of baked beans originated from North Dakota, which produced 36 percent of the nation’s dry, edible beans in 2010. Another popular Fourth of July side dish is corn on the cob. Florida, California, Georgia, Washington and New York together accounted for 68 percent of the fresh market sweet corn produced nationally in 2010.

Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

Over 7 in 10 – Of the nation’s head lettuce production in 2010 that came from California. This lettuce may end up in your salad or on your burger.

Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

7 in 10 – The chances that the fresh tomatoes in your salad came from Florida or California, which combined accounted for 71 percent of U.S. fresh market tomato production last year.

Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

2.5 Billion Pounds – Florida led the nation in watermelon production last year (750 million pounds). Other leading producers of this popular fruit included California, Georgia and Texas, each had an estimate of more than 600 million pounds.

Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

81 million – Number of Americans who said they have taken part in a barbecue during the previous year. It’s probably safe to assume a lot of these events took place on Independence Day.

Source: Mediamark Research & Intelligence, as cited in the Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2011