July 2019

The Independence Day celebration in the City of Johns Creek remains one of our most beloved and community-centered annual traditions.
Our city not only comes alive with American flags, colorful red, white and blue bunting, star-spangled tributes and marching bands, but we have one of the metro area’s finest fireworks displays.
Plan to join in the celebration of our country's Independence at Newtown Park with live music by Crystal Clear Band (Dance Party Band), activities, food, and an exceptional fireworks display! The event is held Wednesday, July 3, 2019, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Newtown Park. This is a free event for all ages!
Grab a spot on the terraced amphitheater lawn with a home-packed picnic or delicious food from food trucks. Cold beer and wine will be available for purchase. As a reminder, please DO NOT bring outside alcohol as there will be some for sale inside the Amphitheater. Also, NO pets, NO tents, and NO personal fireworks are allowed but please feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets.
Speaking of fireworks, I asked our new Fire Chief, Chris Coons (who was appointed to the position in June – Congratulations Chris) as well as the city’s Division Chief/Fire Marshal Chad McGiboney, about what we should remind our community when it comes to fireworks law and fireworks safety tips.
Last July, the Georgia General Assembly adjusted the law regarding when fireworks can be used and how they may be regulated. The law (HB 419) allows consumer fireworks to be used or ignited Any day beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 11:59 p.m. Only on December 31, are fireworks permitted to be used or ignited beyond the 10 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. time period with an extended period from midnight to 1 a.m. only on January 1st. 
Our police and fire departments advise residents with noise complaints to call 9-1-1.
The Johns Creek Fire Department also requests you to use extreme caution if you are planning on using fireworks during your celebration. Please only use fireworks that are lawful in Georgia and fireworks should only be used outdoors, and in open areas away from other homes, structures, and other combustible areas. 
As we create multi-use trail connections and new sidewalks, I urge resident to rethink about driving past crosswalks. As the school year comes to a close and the weather continues to warm, please be mindful of an increase in pedestrians at crosswalks and sidewalks along our roads. Be sure to use caution, obey the law, and stop for pedestrians at crosswalks! Please take a moment to watch an exceptional video on Crosswalk safety by visiting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDyq9JCsl4w
July is National Park and Recreation month and throughout the month Johns Creek is Game On for activities, fun, and outdoor festivities. All month long, we’ll be celebrating the fun and games that local parks and recreation offers to residents of all ages and abilities. For more information on the activities, events and programs being offered in Johns Creek, please visit https://www.johnscreekga.gov/recreationandparks, or go to www.nrpa.org/july or search Twitter and Instagram using #GameOnJuly.
Our parks are a special place to have your own activities and celebrations. The City of Johns Creek has many ideal locations to host your next event. Whether a birthday party, anniversary, or shower, the City of Johns Creek can help.
Johns Creek parks offer a variety of outdoor event facilities at each of the city's four main parks; and one indoor facility at Newtown Park. Our parks feature pavilions and a clubhouse space for events from just a few people to 75. To rent a park facility or pavilion, please visit https://secure.rec1.com/GA/johns-creek-rpd/catalog.
So get out and have a little fun in the City of Johns Creek this summer. I urge you to go out and have an active, joyous and safe season. If you have summer safety stories or vacation travel adventures you’d like to share with me, drop me a line and let me know. I always welcome your thoughts, feedback and concerns so please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. You can always reach me either by email mike.bodker@johnscreekga.gov or phone 678-451-3313.