The Independence Celebration committee has chosen to honor the life of Larry Gene Knox, who passed away on April 11, 2019, by naming him as Honorary Grand Marshall of this year’s Independence Celebration parade, taking place at 10:00 am on Saturday, June 29. Jeannette Knox, the wife of Mr. Know, will ride in the parade in his memory.

“We chose to honor Mr. Knox this year because he was a

veteran and a dedicated member of our community,” says Amber McKibben, interim Downtown Director. “The discipline and patriotism he learned during his military career was a big part of who he was and how he served our community.”

Mr. Knox was born in Walton County on March 19, 1948. He was raised and attended school in Social Circle. He and Ms. Jeanette married on June 28, 1987 and would be celebrating 32 years of marriage this year. Mr Knox served as deacon at Mars Hill Baptist Church for many years. Mr. Knox served six  years in the United States Army and 23 ½ years in the National Guard. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he earned several medals including the National Defense Service Medal Infantryman Badge, Vietnam Service Medal, two bronze service stars, the Vietnam Campaign medal, 60 device Army commendation medals and two Oak Leaf Clusters. He was involved in many activities in the community including the Lions Club, Social Circle Senior Citizen Club and the local F.I.S.H food service ministry. He was a mentor to many in Social Circle. He is remembered as a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend.

The Parade will start at 10 am and will go from the field behind the high school, up Memorial Drive to S Cherokee Rd, through town to the red light, down W Hightower Trail and back to the high school.

Activities at Stephen’s Park will begin at 5:00 pm. We have six food vendors this year including Chick-Fil-A, pizza, BBQ, hot dogs, hamburgers, and shaved ice. We will have vendors on the field selling retail items, home goods and more. Local businesses will have some games, face painting and giveaways for the kids. Wristbands will be available for $10 for inflatables and water slides.  Concerts begin at 5:30 with a local church choir. The Army National Guard band will perform next.  The big show this year will be local favorites Chris, Jon and Scott. Fireworks will start at 9:45 pm.

We encourage everyone to come downtown at 10 for the parade, then bring your blankets and chairs to Stephen’s Park at 5:00 to join us for music, food, fun and fireworks!