Bill Jones Grand Marshal for 2017 Independence Day Parade, route changed

Press release from the city of loganville

(LOGANVILLE, GA – June 23, 2017) Shifting the time for the City of Loganville’s annual Independence Celebration parade – scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. on July 1 – isn’t the only change being made to this year’s event as roadwork will require a change to the route.

Typically both the Independence Celebration and Christmas parades begin and end at Bay Creek Elementary School, where the Lee Byrd Road entrance to the campus made it easy to line up participants and get them out onto Highway 81 before turning onto Main Street. But construction was scheduled on Lee Byrd Road for the week before the event and while it is likely the construction will be completed before the day’s events, organizers couldn’t take the chance.

“It was decided that we would use the track and field at the new City Hall to lineup our participants and then head down Lawrenceville Road (Highway 81) before turning on Main Street,” City of Loganville Events and Marketing Director Kristy Peters said. “We have already let our participants know about the change and wanted to make sure that residents who often line the streets to expect a change in the route.”

The City of Loganville won’t officially being moving into the new City Hall – which is the old Loganville Elementary School, located at 4303 Lawrenceville Road – until two weeks later. But the track site provides ample space to accommodate the needs for the parade.

Residents are advised that both CS Floyd Road and Lawrenceveille Road between CS Floyd and Highway 78 will be closed beginning at 3:30 p.m. for the parade and should re-open at 8 p.m. Main Street will also be closed beginning at 1:30 p.m. and should re-open around 8 p.m.

The City of Loganville announced earlier this month that the Oberman Law Firm signed on as the headline sponsor for the day’s activities, which will also include a free concert and fireworks show. In addition, former city manager Bill Jones was announced to be the grand marshal for the parade.

Former Loganville city manager Bill Jones and his wife, Donna, on his retirement from the City of Loganville. Photo Credit: Sharon Swanepoel

“When the Independence Celebration first began in 2006, it was a community-organized event. But when that could no longer be the case, it was Bill Jones who helped keep the spirit of the event alive with the city taking over organizing responsibilities,” Peters said.

Following the parade, which will begin at 4:30 p.m., there will be a stage set up on the field next to the

American Legion Post 233 where the Stephen Lee band will offer live music beginning at 7 p.m. There will be no parking available at the site and those interested are encouraged to park in the Ingles shopping center and make the short walk to the field. The Legion will be open, offering those interested a place to take a break from the heat and enjoy food and beverages both inside at the Main Hall and in the covered pavilion located on the property. Parking at the Legion will be reserved for customers only.

The Oberman Law Firm Independence Celebration will conclude with a fireworks show beginning at dark. The fireworks will be visible from both the Ingles and Kroger shopping centers.

In addition to the Oberman Law Firm, other financial support is being provided by Legacy Beverage Center, Maxie Price Chevrolet, Loganville Package Store, Reliant Homes, Lee’s Collision, Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Ragin’ Vapors, Camp Family Partnership LLC and Southern Concrete and Finishing Company.

For more information on the day’s events, visit or follow City of Loganville Events on Facebook.

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