On Friday evening, First Friday in Downtown Woodstock GA will feature “Tour de Main”, a local bike race and parade. According to the Cherokee Tribune, the 2nd Annual Bike Parade and Family Fun Ride is sponsored by Out Spokin’ Bicycles, a downtown Woodstock bike business, and this year will also promote awareness of new safety laws for motorists that should help make the roads safer for bikers. On July 1, the new law requires that motorists allow a minimum of 3 feet of space between their vehicle and bikers when passing. Additionally, it will be a misdemeanor to strike a biker with your vehicle. The ride starts at the old Walmart and ends downtown where businesses will remain open late for First Friday festivities.
Also on Friday evening, Milton boasts its 2nd in a series of free concert events with Sarah Peacock, a Nashville singer (and Atlanta native) singing a variety of country, pop and classic rock favorites. The concert event runs from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Food and beverages will be available along with free giveaways but you can also bring a blanket and picnic to enjoy the event.
And of course on Monday, both Woodstock and Alpharetta will feature fireworks in the evening. The official Alpharetta event is at Wills Park and activities begin at 3pm with fireworks at dusk. And Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre will have fireworks and a concert by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Milton does not have an official fireworks event and the city asks that local residents be aware of the dangers of fireworks and also respectful of nearby horse farms and to not shoot their own fireworks. Not only are they a potential fire hazard, last New Year’s Day, Brownwood Farm lost a foal when a horse miscarried after being frightened by fireworks. We also second that as any pet owner knows the fear in the eyes of their “children” when neighbors shoot fireworks nearby.
Best of all, most of these events are low-cost or free, so we hope you have a great weekend, be safe and take time to reflect on and be proud of our great country!