Air Guitar

Jeff Mooney, decked out in patriotic garb, accompanies the Angie Lynn Carter Band on air guitar during Monroe’s July 4 celebration at Athens Tech. More than 2,000 people attended the event. See B8 for more.

After a year off from citywide celebrations for July 4th, festivities returned to Monroe with a bang this week. Well over 2,000 people attended the Bicentennial Freedom Celebration, hosted at the Athens Tech campus, and put on by the City of Monroe.

Carnival rides, food trucks, beer and live music highlighted the evening. A brief rain shower couldn’t stop the party, as attendees danced in the rain.

James Earl, Angie Lynn Carter and Band X played on the stage, while Chairman of the County Commissioners Kevin Little, Monroe Mayor John Howard and Walton County Director of Economic Development Shane Short gave remarks, emphasizing America’s birthday, as well as Walton County’s 200th birthday.

The evening was capped by a fireworks show, with people lining all the streets surrounding Athens Tech to watch the colors light up the night sky.

Andrew Kenneson was a staff writer for The Walton Tribune from 2018-20.

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