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5 things to do this weekend and July Fourth
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Hit the beach

What’s more American than grilling hamburgers? Grilling them by the shores of Lake Lanier. Here’s a selection of nearby sandy beaches. And don’t forget these rules of the water we shared for the last big holiday weekend.

Watch an action flick

“Baby Driver” opened June 28, and according to one critic it’s the “summer movie you’ve been wanting.” A great soundtrack, fast cars and a great cast — plus, part of it was filmed in Gainesville. So, grab a date and some popcorn. And if you’re willing to drive, you can even reserve a recliner and dinner at some theaters.

Get some culture

If a loud action movie isn’t your thing, you can always sit at home and watch Netflix. Or you can laugh and cry with an audience and live cast. “My Favorite Year” is presented by the Pam Ware Summer Community Theatre Production. The play is set in the 1950s, with a TV writer’s assistant tasked with babysitting a troublesome Hollywood star. But beyond the star’s antics and drinking is a broken heart.

Enjoy electronic music under the moon

The Moonshine Music & Arts Festival is new to Hall County this year and goes all weekend at the  Lanier Raceplex. There’s a whole lot of electronic music, some live painting and “knowledge drops,” which are basically info sessions with a hip spin. Read more.

Watch fireworks

Technically July Fourth is a weekday, but we know most of you are thinking about fireworks. You can catch them across Northeast Georgia both on and before July Fourth. Read more.