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American Legion fireworks give residents bigger bang
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A Gainesville tradition is about to get bigger.

The annual fireworks display, usually held on the grounds of the American Legion Paul E. Bolding Post on Riverside Drive in Gainesville, is moving across the water to Laurel Park.

The new venue has more parking, and police will be directing traffic in and out of the park, located off U.S. 129.

But along with the increased space, the show will also be bigger this year, according to organizer Bob Adams.

After the first sponsor for the fireworks fell through, the Hall County Commission decided to help foot the bill for the festivities with help from BB&T and Jackson EMC. Plus, Northeast Georgia Medical Center has chipped in, too, Adams said, helping to create the largest spectacle ever.

"This will be a big event," Adams said. "I've gotten up the money for it for 40 something years, and I know."

Adams estimated about 3,000 to 4,000 people attended the show at the American Legion, and said roughly double that could attend this year's display.

"Laurel Park has more exposure, a lot of roads, than the Legion does," he said. "This is probably the biggest fireworks show in Gainesville."

The grounds of the Legion will not be open for viewing, however.