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Light the fuse for red, white and blue

Fourth fireworks displays among holiday happenings in Gainesville, Cleveland, Dahlonega

POSTED: June 28, 2012 12:30 a.m.

The annual American Legion fireworks display at Laurel Park will light up the skies over Lake Lanier again this July 4.

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Every summer, holiday revelers look forward to celebrating America the beautiful with July Fourth barbecues and firework displays.

The Paul E. Bolding Post No. 7 of the American Legion is helping to hold down the fireworks front with its 49th annual display at Laurel Park, 3100 Old Cleveland Highway in Gainesville.

The gates will open at 9 a.m. Wednesday. Admission is free, but there is a $5 parking fee.

Although the fireworks won’t start until dusk, early arrival is encouraged since many families like to stake out their spots by late afternoon. Once the park is full, folks will have to be turned away at the road.

Families are encouraged to bring their picnics, blankets and lawn chairs.

The American Legion Post 16 in Cleveland will also host a Fourth of July celebration. The group, along with local boy scouts, will gather at noon at the post on Ga. Highway 75 South in Cleveland for a flag retirement and burning ceremony.

The public is invited to bring worn flags for burning and to hang around afterward for free hot dogs and watermelon.
If you are unable to attend that ceremony, you can drop off your worn flags in advance at Nix Hardware, 15 Courthouse Square in downtown Cleveland.

North Georgia College and State University also has planned a fireworks display to conclude Dahlonega’s family-style Fourth of July celebration.

The Dahlonega festivities include an Independence Day Parade at 5 p.m. Wednesday, which will wind around the town’s square. The historic square will also be peppered with a variety of family-friendly activities, including a patriotic ceremony at the Dahlonega Gold Museum, 1 Public Square.

After the parade is over, the public is invited to gather at North Georgia’s William J. Livsey Drill Field to watch the fireworks and partake in the All-American refreshments that will be sold by the school’s cadets.


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