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The City of Douglasville remains one of a few cities in metropolitan Atlanta to uphold the tradition of celebrating our country’s independence through an Independence Day parade.

Each year thousands of citizens line the streets to view the festive parade then continue the celebration by taking part in the annual Independence Day festival at Hunter Memorial Park.

Another longstanding Douglasville tradition is the selection of the parade’s Grand Marshal. Each year the selection is made by the Mayor of the City of Douglasville and is held in secrecy until the last two weeks prior to the parade.

The City of Douglasville is proud to announce Captain Herb Emory has been selected to be the Grand Marshall of the 2013 Independence Day parade.

“Captain Herb is a legend in the radio broadcasting industry in the State of Georgia as well as in his home community. We are proud to say he is a resident of Douglas County and honored to have him serve as this year’s Grand Marshall,” said Mayor Harvey Persons.

Captain Herb relocated to Atlanta in 1971. His first assignment in the Atlanta School of Broadcasting was to intern with Skinny Bobby Harper during his morning show at WIIN 97. His duties for Skinny Bobby included listening to WSB Radio’s Merry-Go-Round program to gather traffic and weather information. Now we can find him many years later in the WSB Skycopter Lounge.

Prior to AM750 News/Talk WSB, Captain Herb could be heard on the airwaves of WSNE (Cumming), WDGL (Douglasville), WFOM (Marietta), WACX (Austell), Georgia Network News and WQXI/94/Star 94. Captain Herb is not just a legend in the radio broadcasting field, but Captain Herb is a great community volunteer. He serves on the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame Board of Directors, the Friends of Sweetwater Creek State Park Board of Directors and was recently appointed to the Douglas County Animal Control Advisory Board.

Douglasville officials said they were proud to showcase Captain Herb Emory as the Grand Marshall of this year’s parade and encourage all to come out and celebrate this Independence Day holiday.

Parade registration remains open until 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2013. The parade begins on Fairburn Road at 10:00 a.m. and turns west onto Church Street and concludes near Rose Avenue near Pinecrest Drive.

The Independence Day festival at Hunter Park will begin at 11 a.m. Festival activities include the Douglasville Idol Competition, arts and craft vendors, barbeque, and many children activities. The S.H.A.R.E House sponsors these activities and sales go to benefit this non-profit organization that helps victims of domestic violence.

If citizens want to continue their holiday celebration, the traditional Wednesday Wind Down concert will be hosted at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, July 4th on O’Neal Plaza rather than its traditional Wednesday night. “The fun just doesn’t stop there, thanks to GAS South and GreyStone Power Corp., the City once again will have a fireworks display beginning at dusk, between 9:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.,”stated Bennett Oliver, Parks and Recreation Director.

Thursday, July 4th is sure to be great fun for the entire family. For more information about parade registration please contact Josie Whited at 678-715-6094. For more information about Hunter Park activities and the fireworks, please contact Hunter Park at 770-920-3007.

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