Posted on 5. July 2010 07:18 by qmiskini

According the the official Roswell Georgia website, "Roswell, GA, is an affluent suburb of Atlanta that is renowned for its high standard of living. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of Roswell was 79,334 in the year 2000 and its total land area is 38.6 square miles. In 2008 Roswell’s population was estimated to have increased to almost 102,000, the median income for a household in Roswell was more than $73,500 and the median income for a family was over $94,500. Roswell is ranked among the safest cities to live in the United States and Atlanta Magazine selected Roswell as the best place to live in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area."

The City of Roswell website summarizes its founding history this way: "Roswell was incorporated as a town in Fulton County on February 16, 1854. The city is named for the original settler of the area, Roswell King. King, and others, traveled from the Georgia Coast with the hopes of investing in mining. After discovering that this area was close to the Chattahoochee River, King was inspired to build a major textile mill powered by the water. The Roswell Manufacturing Co. and the Roswell Mill played key roles in the development of the town during its earlier history."

Whether you consider moving to Roswell because of it's unique charm, its roots or its potential for future growth, there's one thing for sure anyone living in or near Roswell should not miss - the 4th of July fireworks display at the park alongside Roswell High.  By 6PM cars are beginning to line Old Scott Road, eventually stretching nearly all the way back to Holcomb Bridge Road.  The park, a bucolic grassy and tree-lined stretch becomes a sea of small islands of families and friends. From infants to teens, from young adults to grandparents, everyone just settles in, enjoying the gentle late afternoon breeze, chatting amiably, stretching out on blankets or relaxing on folding chairs, all waiting for sundown and the first pop-boom of the opening display signaling the start of the ever-building series of sparkles, flashes, crackling flairs and colorful radiating pyrotechnic plumes.

In the background tunes like "Born In The USA" burst out over the loud speakers. The crowd oohs and aahs at each new display, cheers at the ever intensifying array of combinations of colors and shapes, and applauds and cheers all the more at the end of the big finale more than 30 minutes later. 

Roswell may no longer be the small mill town of the 1850's. But the flavor of small town life is not lost in Roswell, certainly not on the 4th of July. Then it was over and the crowd began to disperse.  As you listened to the comments you could easily say no one was disappointed. And many will be back again next year. It may be a small thing, but in Roswell it's one among many small and valuable elements of neighborhood life that makes living in communities like Roswell great.