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American Legion to light up night sky with Labor Day fireworks
Demorest to hold similar celebration
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The American Legion’s fireworks show originally slated for Independence Day festivities were postponed until Labor Day because of rain showers. Fireworks are set to go off at dusk Monday at Laurel Park in Gainesville.

After rainy weather washed out the local American Legion’s annual Independence Day celebration and firework display earlier this summer, the Paul E. Bolding Post 7 is rebooting the event for Labor Day weekend at Laurel Park, 2100 Old Cleveland Road.

Post Commander Dave Dellinger explained the activities and fireworks originally slated for July 4 will be Monday, Sept. 2.

While the event is free, parking is $5. Gates to the park open at 9 a.m. Fireworks begin at dusk.

Hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken and ice cream will be for sale, along with snow cones from the Legion’s women’s auxiliary.

Visitors will receive a slip upon arrival and may exchange it for a free drawing to win an American flag flown in Afghanistan.

Membership booths will be set up around the park to sign up visitors for different veterans groups.

Dellinger advises attendees to show up early, because the park can quickly reach capacity.

Demorest hosts Labor Day celebration

Demorest will host a downtown celebration Saturday, Aug. 31, to showcase its newly installed StreetScape features and offer free entertainment for children and families.

For children, inflatable games will be free. For adults, an antique car show will begin at 5 p.m. with prizes and trophies presented during the show.

Hot dogs, hamburgers and funnel cakes will be sold. Families are encouraged to bring folding chairs.

Following the afternoon activities, the John King Band of Athens will perform an outdoor concert at 7 p.m.

The celebration will conclude with a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.

A portion of Georgia Street will be closed for the event to ensure public safety.

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