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Family events
For the week of July 1-7
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This week

Movie Night Under the Stars, Flowery Branch. Activities, popcorn. Movie at dusk Friday, The Springs Church, 6553 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch. Free.

Dawson Day Sparks in the Park Independence Day Celebration, Dawsonville. Inflatable slides, dunk tank, rock wall, face painting, carnival food for sale and fireworks. Gates open at 5 p.m.; fireworks at dark; Saturday, Rock Creek Park, 445 Martin Road, Dawsonville. Free admission and parking; various costs for activities and food. No alcohol or coolers allowed.  

Fantastic Fourth Celebration, Stone Mountain. Laser show, fireworks. 9:30 p.m. Saturday-Monday, Stone Mountain Park, Exit 8 off U.S. 78, Stone Mountain. $10 for parking pass; laser show free. All attractions pass $27 for adults, $21 for age 3-11.

4th of July Fireworks, Braselton. Dusk Sunday, Chateau Elan Winery, 100 Tour De France, Braselton. Free parking. 800-233-9463.

4th of July Family Celebration, Dahlonega. Pet show, ceremony, reading of the U.S. Constitution, watermelon cutting, car show, live music, parade and fireworks. Parade, 5 p.m.; fireworks at dusk Sunday. Fireworks, North Georgia College & State University, 82 College Circle, Dahlonega. Parade, downtown Dahlonega square.

Fireworks, Gainesville. Benefits the American Legion Paul E. Bolding Post 7. Dusk Sunday, Laurel Park, 3100 Old Cleveland Highway, Gainesville. $5 parking; concessions for sale.

Mall of Georgia's Fabulous Fourth, Buford. Music and activities, 2 p.m.; fireworks, 9 p.m. Sunday; "Transformers" screening following fireworks. Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Drive, Buford. 678-482-8788.

TMC Fun Camp, Cleveland. Christian day camp for children age 5-12. Children must have completed kindergarten to attend. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-July 9 and July 19-23, Truett-McConnell College, 100 Alumni Drive, Cleveland. $125 per child includes camp, T-shirt and daily lunch. Discounts available for families with multiple children. 706-865-2134, ext. 191.  


Kid's World, Gainesville. Music show, 6-7 p.m. July 8; Superhero show with Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman characters and magician Jeff McClure, July 15; Center court at Lakeshore Mall, 150 Pearl Nix Parkway, Gainesville. Free. 770-535-8877, ext. 226.

Georgia Mountain Fair, Hiawassee. Concerts, arts and crafts booths, carnival rides, petting zoo and old-time demonstrations. July 21-31, Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee. $9 per person; $2 parking. 706-896-4191.


Kangaroo Conservation Center, Dawsonville. Schedule a tour to see kangaroos and other Australian animals, a butterfly garden and Aussie Walkabout hiking trail. Kangaroo Conservation Center, 222 Bailey-Waters Road, Dawsonville. For age 5 and older. $14-$28. 706-265-6100 or

Movies Under the Stars, Buford. Live music, 6:30 p.m.; movies at dusk each Saturday through July 31, Mall of Georgia Village Amphitheater, 3333 Buford Drive, Buford. Free. 678-482-8788. 

"Tools for Living," Sautee. Exhibit of tools used to sustain early valley inhabitants. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Sautee Nacoochee Community Association History Museum, 283 Ga. 255 N, Sautee. 706-878-3300.

Story times, Hall County. Children can listen to stories, sometimes read by special guests. Various days and times at libraries in the Hall County Library System. Free.

"Waters of Time: The Chicopee Woods Story," Gainesville. Learn about previous eras and inhabitants of Chicopee Woods. 10 a.m. to p.m. Monday-Saturdays. Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. $3 adults, $2 children ages 2-12, age 1 and younger and members free. 770-535-1976.