It is now time for the celebration of Independence Day 2021 to begin here in Rome and Floyd County!

If music helps you get into the patriotic mood, you might want to head to the “Welcome Back, America!” concert to be presented on Saturday afternoon at 2 pm at the Rome City Auditorium by the Northwest Georgia Winds. There’s no charge to attend the concert, which will last about an hour and a half, says Dr. Sam Baltzer, conductor.

The concert will feature marches by John Williams (famous for “Star Wars”) and John Philip Sousa, a tribute to armed forces, and more. Casey Thomas, low brass instructor for Jacksonville State University, will serve as the guest conductor. GI Jive, a local women’s trio similar to the Andrews Sisters, will also perform. And this will be the Northwest Georgia Winds’ first concert in 16 months.

Live music will take to the Town Green in downtown Rome this evening with the July First Friday concert to be headlined by Party at the Limit. There is no charge to attend. First Friday concerts are presented by the Rome Downtown Development Authority with financial backing by the Business Improvement District (or BID). Get details and updates by searching for Downtown Rome, GA on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

There will be two opportunities to see fireworks over the weekend. The first will be in Cave Spring on Saturday night. The display will wrap up a day and evening of festivities that will also include the 37th annual Independence Day parade, the Miss Liberty pageant, and live music by Mr. MeanR.

Christa Jackson, organizer of the parade, encourages families to check out the businesses in Cave Spring while in town for Independence Day festivities.

Fireworks will also highlight the Patriotic Party in the Park to be hosted this Sunday, July 4th by Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation at Ridge Ferry Park in Rome.