WARNER ROBINS -- The Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserves rock ensemble, Reserve Generation, will go out with a bang as fireworks light the sky for the citys annual Independence Day concert Wednesday.
This will be the last time the six members will perform together due to the pending deactivation of the Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Singer and actress Bobbie Eakes, who grew up in Warner Robins, and local Southern rock band Stillwater also will perform.
The Reserve band members are world-class musicians, said Philip Rhodes, public affairs spokesman for Air Force Reserve Command. We hate to see them go.
Their music for this concert will range from top 40 to country to old school Guns N Roses.
Gates will open at 6 p.m. and the concert will start at 8 p.m. at McConnell-Talbert Stadium in Warner Robins. The fireworks will start when the show is finished, about 9:30 p.m., Rhodes said.
Perry holds Independence Parade
The Perry Area Chamber of Commerce will host its Independence Parade on Sunday.
In addition to the parade, there will be fireworks at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter.
The parade will have about 75 units, including the grand marshal, Casey Hayward of the Green Bay Packers and a Perry High School graduate, said Stacy S. Campbell, chamber president and CEO.
There will be two floats to honor the spouses and children of deployed service members as well as veterans floats and military units. The parade will start at the Perry Public Library at 1201 Washington St., continue down Main Street and then head to the fairgrounds via Gen. Courtney Hodges Boulevard.
The parade will start at 6 p.m., and the fireworks are scheduled for 9 p.m. near the west gate at the fairgrounds.
Live music from Campbell Airlines will start at 7 p.m., also at the fairgrounds
The fairgrounds hasnt had fireworks in several years, so Campbell hopes to draw a big crowd. The fireworks will be low level and will be best viewed at the fairgrounds.
We hope everyone will be showing their patriotic pride, she said.
Other midstate July Fourth events
Fort Hawkins 4th of July Celebration: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Fort Hawkins Historic Site, Emery Highway. Tour the three-story Blockhouse Replica and archaeological dig site while learning about plans to build a log cabin visitor center and rebuild part of the log palisade wall. Lemonade, cookies and simple fountain fireworks throughout the day. All children will receive miniature American flags. 742-3003. www.forthawkins.com. Free.
Ol Time Independence Day at Jarrell Plantation: 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursday, 711 Jarrell Plantation Road, Juliette. Pack a picnic and spend the day on the plantation. Hear the Declaration of Independence read, compete in fun games and watch blacksmiths, quilters and more. $4-6.50. (478) 986-5172.
More July Fourth events are listed in the calendar on page 13E.