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The City of Kennesaw's Independence Day celebration of freedom, music and fireworks is one of the biggest and best in North Georgia! Salute to America will feature two stages of live music, festive street entertainment, food vendors and plenty of family-friendly activities.
See you there!

Kid's Parade



Families in the community are invited to participate in Kennesaw Parks & Rec’s Kid’s Parade! This year, the parade will take place at Noon. Participants will meet at Commemorative Park and will walk down Main Street, ending behind City Hall.

Parade participants are welcome to dress up and decorate their strollers, wagons or bicycles with a red, white and blue theme. Please no motorized vehicles. Parents must accompany their children for the entirety of the parade.
Register Today!


Music & Fireworks

depot Park Stage

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6:00 PM – 7:30 PM: Kaydelis

Kaydelis is a Neo-psychedelic rock band composed of guitarists Martin Rodriguez, Giovanni Jackerson, Drummer Jack McWhorter, and Bassist/Singer Adam Edwards. Together the five of us work to push the boundaries of our music through both studio projects and live performances. We pride ourselves in the ability to merge the electrifying psychedelic music of the late 60’s with elements of fusion, rock, and the new wave of 21st century psychedelia to create experiences worth the venture.

8:00 PM – 9:30 PM: The American Flyers

The American Flyers is a collection of career musicians with decades of experience in the recording and concert industry. This show is a commemorative of Smash hits from the sixties rock trios to the big R&B groups that have filled the dance floors and dominated radio. The American Flyers cover every decade of number one songs with great vocals, outstanding production and musicianship with a staff that’s always accommodating and easy to work with.

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Main Street Stage


6:00 PM – 7:30 PM: School of Rock East Cobb

The School of Rock East Cobb is known throughout Georgia as an incubator for incredible musicians. The "House Band" is comprised of the most talented musicians from the school, and as you would expect, THEY REALLY ROCK! Wowing crowds at every mind-blowing show, the band performs classics from some of the greats including Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Tom Petty, The Who, Queen, Black Sabbath and many others.
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8:00 PM – 9:30 PM: Leah Belle Faser

Leah Belle Faser is a singer/songwriter from Georgia whose authentic musical style crosses many different genres but is grounded in a unique blended sound seasoned with county, pop, rock, and folk influences. At once powerful and soulful, Leah’s vocals bring to life the emotion and energy of the thought-provoking lyrics and rich story-telling she delivers through compelling original songs and the songs of favorite artists. In 2020, Leah worked with Grammy-Award-winning producer Casey Wood to release her debut album, Crossing Hermi’s Bridge. Take a listen anywhere you stream/download music! In 2021, Leah was named “Teen Artist of the Year” in the Georgia Country Awards and 2022 brought her the coveted Golden Ticket to Hollywood Week on the 20th Season of ABC’s American Idol!Leah enjoys spending her free time playing live shows around the Atlanta metro area and North Georgia both on a solo basis and with her bandmates Christian Schaffer (lead guitar), Corey Ahlquist (drums) and Caleb Hambrick (bass guitar).

Fireworks begin at 9:30 PM

The evening will conclude with a brilliant fireworks finale, visible from Depot Park and along Main Street from Summers Street to Dallas Street. In the event of inclement weather, the fireworks will be re-scheduled.
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Location & Parking

The City of Kennesaw’s Salute to America event will take place in Historic Downtown Kennesaw.

STREET CLOSINGS

    The following road closures support the Salute to America, July 3rd event on Sunday, July 3rd from 11:00 AM – 12:00 Midnight:

  • Cherokee St. from Big Shanty Dr. to Main St.
  • Main St. from Lewis St. to Summers St.
  • J.O. Stephenson Ave. from Main St. to Dallas St.
  • Watts Dr. from Main St. to entrance of Revival on Main
  • Shirley Drive will be closed from Cherokee Street to Carruth Street from 9:00 PM – 10:30 PM for fireworks

    Other:
  • Depot Park Depot lot will be closed Friday, July 1st – Sunday, July 3rd
  • The City parking lot at Tunnel Plaza will be closed 8:00 AM – 12:00 Midnight on Sunday, July 3rd
  • Revival Residents will have access to apartment complex from the Watts Drive entrance Depot Park new lot will be closed Sunday, July 3rd for Museum/vendor/sponsor/performer parking
  • City Hall parking lot will be closed on Sunday, July 3rd for 911, City Staff & VIPs

Parking

Public parking will NOT be available at Depot Park for this event. FREE public parking will be available at the following locations:

  • Adams Park & the Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive
  • Along Lewis Street, between North Main Street & Dallas Street

Handicap ONLY parking is available in the lot at the intersection of North Main Street & Moon Station Road

The City of Kennesaw mobile app features a parking map for the downtown area. Using the map, app users can see what specific parking lots are open and follow directions to all downtown public parking lots using the phones’ map system. The City of Kennesaw mobile app is available on both the Apple App Store & Google Play!


Directions from
Cartersville, Ga

  • On I-75 South, take Exit 273, turn right off ramp onto Wade Green Road
  • Drive South on Wade Green Road, which becomes Cherokee Street
  • Continue on Cherokee Street for 2.5 miles towards Historic Downtown Kennesaw
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    Atlanta, GA

  • On I-75 North, take Exit 271, turn left off ramp onto Chastain Road
  • Drive 1 mile on Chastain Road, which becomes McCollum Parkway
  • Continue on McCollum Parkway for 1.5 miles
  • Turn right onto US-41/Cobb Parkway
  • Drive 0.5 mile on US-41/Cobb Parkway
  • Turn right on Watts Drive (after BB&T Bank)
  • Continue on Watts Drive, towards Historic Downtown Kennesaw
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    Sponsors



    The City of Kennesaw’s Salute to America event would not be possible without the support of local businesses and organizations.

    For more information on Sponsorship, please contact Mara Clauson

    mclauson@kennesaw-ga.gov.com | 770-422-9714

    Download the 2022 Sponsorship Application

    vendors

    Kennesaw Parks & Recreation is committed to producing a quality event for attendees with a unique assortment of exhibitors. If you are interested in becoming a vendor at the City of Kennesaw’s 2022 Independence Day celebration, Salute to America, please view the following before completing the Vendor Application:

  • THE EVENT IS A RAIN OR SHINE EVENT. No refunds will be issued due to inclement weather, due to the forecast of inclement weather or due to circumstances beyond our control.
  • ALL FOOD & BEVERAGE VENDORS WILL BE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE A CERTIFICATE OF LIABILITY INSURANCE in the amount of $1,000,000 naming the “City of Kennesaw” as an additional insured.
  • Submission of a Vendor Application does not guarantee event participation. Vendors will receive confirmation of acceptance via email.
  • Fees listed on the Vendor Application are for a 10’x10′ booth space.
  • Vendors must provide their own power, tent, table and chairs.
  • Vendors will be expected to comply with all rules and procedures provided by event organizers.


  • DO NOT COMPLETE A VENDOR APPLICATION IF YOU ARE PROMOTING OR SELLING A SERVICE, or if you wish to demonstrate a product and/or do not have merchandise for sale on-site during the event. If you meet these criteria, booth space is available through sponsorship packages starting at $1,000. Please refer to the Sponsorship Application for details.
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    Volunteers



    Kennesaw Parks & Recreation seeks willing hearts and helping hands to assist with the set-up, execution and breakdown of event activities.

    We invite you to explore our list of volunteer opportunities and sign-up for a volunteer shift on our registration website, CivicRec. Please select “Special Events,” and then “Volunteer Opportunities” to see a full list of volunteer opportunities for Salute to America.

    For questions, please email our Partnership & Events Specialist.

    Visit CivicRec

    Contact us

    Questions about sponsors & volunteers:
    Mara Clauson
    (770) 422-9714 x3197
    mclauson@kennesaw-ga.gov

    Questions about vendors, entertainment, and all other festival information:
    Brittani Farmer
    (770) 422-9714 x3028
    bfarmer@kennesaw-ga.gov

    Mailing/Street Address
    City of Kennesaw
    Parks & Recreation Department
    2753 Watts Drive
    Kennesaw, Georgia 30144
    Tel: (770) 422-9714
    Fax: (678) 460-3373
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