June 12, 2013

Dalton Independence Day to feature large fireworks show

Charles Oliver

— Fireworks. Live music. Bean bag toss contests.

The Dalton Parks and Recreation Department has a little something for everyone planned for the Fourth of July.

The swimming pool at the John Davis Center and the splash pad at the Mack Gaston Community Center will be open from noon to 6 p.m. All of the other events will take place at Heritage Point Park.

“We think it will be a great day for the community to come out and celebrate Independence Day and have a good time,” said Recreation Department Director Steve Card.

The day starts at 8 a.m. with bean bag toss contests and horse shoe competitions at the Rotary Pavilion. A home run derby is slated for noon.

Registration for the Little Miss Rec contest and the eating competitions starts at 4 p.m., with the Little Miss Rec contest starting at 5, the Krystal eating contest at 6 and the Little Debbie eating contest a 6:30.

A professional wrestling card featuring local wrestlers is slated for 7 p.m.

“We brought wrestling in for the first time last year, and we kind of put them off to the side to gauge the response. It turned out to be one of the best attended events outside of the fireworks. The public came and seemed to really enjoy it,” Card said. “So this year we are putting them front stage in the east complex and giving them a prime time.”

Owen’s Gin, a blues and rock band from Calhoun, will perform at intermission during the wrestling.

The fireworks will start at 9:30 p.m, and Card says they should be visible across the park. The show is slated to last 30 to 40 minutes and will include 1,000 separate rounds.