Stay and play locally for the Fourth

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Photo by Hugh Osteen

By Kathy Jefcoats


Fun, fireworks and friendly folks make for a great Fourth of July, but there's no need to drive for hours to find a sandy shore when The Beach is as close as Jonesboro.

The celebration of summer kicked off on Memorial Day, and continues with an Independence Day observance at the International Park on Ga. 138. The park opens at 8 a.m., but The Beach gets things going at 10 a.m. Patrons can pay $10 per person to enjoy the cool water and hot sand until 8 p.m. Patrons paying admission to The Beach will be given an arm band, which must be worn at all times.

The entrance fee includes access to the water park, picnic areas, playground, softball field, beach volleyball and music. Felicia & Friends and 911 Band will provide live entertainment.

According to its Facebook page, the 911 Band was the house band for V-103's Wanda Smith on the Wanda Smith and Friends Comedy Show. The band has reportedly opened for "old school" acts such as Cameo, SOS, Brick, The Bar-Kays, The Time and Lakeside. They cover music by such artists as Michael Jackson, Prince, Maxwell, Frankie Beverly and Maze, R Kelly and Usher.

The International Park offers acres of fun for families and patrons of all ages, but there are rules for the safety of everyone. No alcoholic beverages or glass containers are allowed inside the park. Pets are not allowed on the beach or in beach pavilions.

Smoking is not allowed on the beach or kiddie pool. Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

A full listing of rules can be found on the Clayton County Parks and Recreation web site at www.claytonparks.com. Directions to The Beach can also be found on the web site.

Monday's festivities will end at 8 p.m., with a bursting of showering fireworks starting about 9 p.m.