Independence Day weekend will be full of festivities right here in Rome and Floyd County.

Cave Spring’s Independence Day Celebration will take place this Saturday, July 3rd and will include a parade, the Miss Liberty pageant, live music, and fireworks at the end of the night.

Anyone may march in the 37th annual parade, according to organizer Christa Jackson, who calls it ‘a slice of Americana”.

The parade will begin at 9 am. Line-up will be at 8:15 am. Walkers should line-up at Cave Spring Outdoor Equipment (formerly Joe Hill’s Lawnmower Shop) at the Old Depot on Alabama Street; the drivers and riders of vehicles or horses should line up on Perry Farm Road. There is no charge to be in the parade, says Jackson; just show up! The best place to watch is on the square in downtown Cave Spring.

A ‘grab and go’ breakfast will be offered in front of Southern Flavor starting at 8 am, and ice cream will be served over at Cave Spring United Methodist Church after the parade, according to Jackson.

The Miss Liberty pageant for youngsters ages six months to 18 years will be held at 2 pm. Live music by Mr. MeanR will start at 7 pm. And the fireworks will light up the night right after dark.

Jackson encourages all Floyd County residents to spend the day and evening in Cave Spring on Saturday.

July’s First Friday concert will kick off the weekend of festivities. This event will be hosted by Rome’s Downtown Development Authority with support of BID (or the downtown Business Improvement District). The free concert will begin at 7 pm and will feature the music of Party at the Limit.

This holiday weekend will conclude with a return of the Patriotic Party in the Park that will be hosted by Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation at Ridge Ferry Park this Sunday, July 4th. It will feature food vendors, music, and fireworks sponsored by Redmond Regional Medical Center. These activities will begin at 3 pm.