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Fourth of July Sale at Ivy Lane ends TODAY

Shop Ivy Lane for savings throughout the store. Specials include:

An additional 25% off Clearance Clothing

25% off Vera Bradley*

FREE Monogramming (vinyl and embroidery)**

*Save 25% on all regular-priced Vera Bradley. Not valid on already reduced Vera Bradley merchandise.  Cannot be combined with other coupons or discounts. 
**Free monogramming (vinyl and embroidery) on products purchased in store 7/1-7/6.

Visit Ivy Lane at 3605 Sandy Plains Road, Suite 185, in the Publix Shopping Center.

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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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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

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 FunMom Frugal Family Field Trip of the Day: It’s the 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


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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Photo of the Day – Happy Fourth of July!


Happy 4th of July East Cobbers!

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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)

Fourth of July Festivities

Fireworks Indian Hills

Fireworks over Indian Hills

Our nation’s birthday is celebrated coast to coast with fireworks, picnics and festivals. Metro Atlanta is no different. Several cities have Fourth of July events that offer a fun time for your family. Here are some great ways to celebrate Independence Day that are just a short drive away:

Concert and Fireworks sponsored The City of Acworth and the Acworth Business Association. Live music will start at 5:00pm. Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:30pm. Food vendors will be on site. Free admission. Free shuttle service starting at noon available from Downtown Acworth. Located at Lake Acworth Beach at Cauble Park, 4425 Beach Street, Acworth 30101. More info: 770-917–1234 or visit

Celebrate Independence Day with family and friends at Wills Park! The spectacular fireworks display begins at dusk! Fireworks will be shot regardless of the weather conditions. Located at Wills Park, 1825 Old
Milton Parkway Alpharetta. More info: 678-297-6130 or

Atlanta’s Lenox Square is home to the Southeast’s largest celebration, attracting more than 200,000 people annually. Lenox Square’s annual event is patriotic fun with family-friendly live musical entertainment on the mall’s outdoor main stage. Culminating the evening will be the signature fireworks display, featuring thousands of fireworks bursting in air for approximately 20 minutes, accompanied by a patriotic musical soundtrack. The fireworks display starts at approximately 9:35 p.m. Located at Lenox Square, 3393 Peachtree Rd., N.E. , Atlanta. More info: 404-233-6767.

Come celebrate Centennial Olympic Park’s 4th of July Celebration with a night of fun and entertainment for the entire family, including downtown Atlanta’s best fireworks display. Park gates open at 6 p.m. and  fireworks start at approximately 9:40 p.m. The finale of the evening is Centennnial Olympic Park’s Fireworks Spectacular, Atlanta’s best fireworks display synchronized to a special selection of patriotic and popular music. Located at Centennial Olympic Park, 265 Park Ave West N.W., Atlanta. More info:

Annual Dunwoody Salutes America Fourth of July Parade hosted by the Dunwoody Homeowners Association and the Dunwoody Crier Newspaper. Begins at 9am. Features marching bands, local personalities, and floats. Festival with live entertainment, activities, children’s area, and Dunwoody United Methodist Boy Scout barbeque follows at Dunwoody Village: 5483 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. This year’s theme: Celebrating our Beginnings.

Indian Hills Country Club (IHCC) hosts a Membership Appreciation Day which features fireworks at dusk. IHCC allows the community to come by and grab a seat on the lawn and enjoy the fireworks extravaganza. Indian Hills Country Club, 4001 Clubland Drive, Marietta/East Cobb.

Fourth in the Park celebration presented by Marietta Parks and Recreation. 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. More info: 770-794-5601 or

Independence Day Celebration featuring live entertainment by the Glow Band, children’s activities, food and fireworks at dark. Celebrate from 4pm until 10pm. Historic Town Square, 4488 Pineview Drive, Powder Springs. More info: 770-943-1666 or

15th Annual Fireworks Extravaganza presented by City of Roswell. Live entertainment, children’s carnival, and food. Bring picnics, lawn chairs and blankets. Band performances at 6pm and 7:30pm. Fireworks begin at dark. Roswell High School, 11595 King Road, Roswell. More info: 770-641-3705 or

Freedom Fest begins at 10am with a parade starting at Old WalMart/Furniture Express on Hwy. 92, traveling north on Main Street through the Olde Town merchant district to Woodstock Elementary School. Food vendors, children’s activities, musical entertainment, and crafts until 3pm at The Park at City Center, 101 Arnold Mill Road, downtown Woodstock. Fireworks begin at dusk behind the Target Shopping Center at Hwy 92 and I-575. More info:


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Libraries Closed July 4th

Cobb County Public Library System will be closed Friday, July 4 for the Independence Day holiday. Regular library hours will resume the following day.

For a list of all 2014 holiday observances, please our website.

Everyone is invited to watch Marietta’s Freedom Parade, beginning at 10 am on Friday, July 4; be sure to look out for the library’s Book Cart Drill Team! More information about the parade and about Marietta’s Fourth of July Celebration can be found on their website.


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Cobb County Government celebrates July 4

County facilities will be closed for the Independence Day holiday. Make plans to attend the Marietta Freedom Parade on Friday, July 4. What a fun way to celebrate! TV23 will broadcast the parade starting at 10:30 a.m.  Watch via live stream here

Watch replays of the parade on TV23 on the following days:
July 4 – 2 p.m.6 p.m. and 10 p.m.
July 5 – 2 p.m. 
July 6 – 2 p.m. 
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