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8 ways to celebrate America this July Fourth
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The fireworks show at the Independence Day celebration at Laurel Park in Gainesville, on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. - photo by David Barnes

Fireworks shows are available across the region on July Fourth, a patriotic concert is happening the night before the holiday and there are games, music and food at every turn. If you haven’t made your plans for the holiday, check out these options.

A Patriotic Pops Concert

Gainesville’s Northwinds Symphonic Band will present a variety of patriotic selections for its annual patriotic concert. The performance is part of The Arts Council’s Summer MusicFest.

When: 8-10 p.m. July 3
Where: The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring St. SW, Gainesville
How much: $15-18; $200 for table of 8
More info: 770-534-2787,

Laurel Park fireworks show

This daylong event ending with fireworks also includes arts and crafts, food and drink vendors and music. It’s put on by the American Legion in Hall County in partnership with Hall County Parks and Leisure Services.

When: 9 a.m. to dark July 4
Where: 3100 Old Cleveland Highway, Gainesville
How much: $10 per car
More info: 770-534-7091

Dahlonega’s Fourth of July Celebration

The day begins with a 5K and continues with a patriotic ceremony, car show, parade and fireworks at dark.

When: 8 a.m. to dark July 4

Where: 1 Public Square, Dahlonega

How much: $35 for 5K

More info: 706-482-2707,

Demorest Glorious Fourth of July

A 5K, parade, ceremony, food, crafts and games are all part of this event. Music performances begin later in the day and will conclude with a concert by Josh Turner at Loudermilk Field.

When: 8 a.m. July 4

Where: Demorest Springs Park and Downtown, 559 Georgia St., Demorest

How much: $25-30 for 5K; $25-29 for Josh Turner concert

Fourth of July celebration

Yonah Mountain Vineyards will have live music, lawn games and beer on tap by Left Nut Brewery. Wine specials also will be offered.

When: 2-5 p.m. July 4
Where: Yonah Mountain Vineyards, 1717 Ga. 255 S, Cleveland
How much: Free
More info: 706-878-5522,

July Fourth Parade and Fireworks

Braselton’s event includes a parade, music, food and fireworks.

When: 5-10 p.m. July 4

Where: 9924 Davis St., Braselton

How much: Free

16th Annual Star Spangled Fourth

The Mall of Georgia will host a July Fourth event with games, inflatables, live music, food and fireworks. The movie “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” will be shown after the fireworks.

When: 3 p.m. July 4

Where: Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Drive, Buford

How much: Free

Fourth of July fireworks

Helen will have its annual display of fireworks beginning at dusk behind the Alpine Village Shoppes and Helen Welcome Center.

When: 9:30 p.m. July 4

Where: 8016 S. Main St., Helen

How much: Free

More info: 706-878-2181

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