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Shane Black grills burgers at Laurel Park with daughter Katie, 4, and family friend Brody, 5, on the Fourth of July last year as they prepare to watch the annual American Legion fireworks display.

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Independence Day has arrived and several places will explode with excitement this weekend as fireworks light up the skies of Northeast Georgia. If you are looking to celebrate with firepower, check out the following locales and head out for some fun.

In Buford

The Mall of Georgia’s 11th annual Fabulous Fourth of July Celebration begins at 2 p.m. July 4.

Festivities begin with visitors registering for prizes and live entertainment. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m., followed by the film “Playing for Keeps” at 9:45 p.m.

The fireworks display will launch from the Nordstrom overflow lot. Attendees are not permitted to park or sit in sections of the Nordstrom’s parking lot, which will be marked. For the easiest entrance and exit, families should park in the Dillard’s lot.

Lake Lanier Islands Resort’s “Red, White and Luau Fourth of July Celebration” on July 4 is still scheduled for Thursday at 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway. However, the fireworks show has been changed to Saturday night.

Live music presented by Rock 100 will feature The Geeks band and Blair Crimmins & The HULAgans at Sunset Cove.

Blair Crimmins & The HULAgans will play from 4-6 p.m. followed by The Geeks from 7-9 p.m.

In Dahlonega

Dahlonega’s Fourth of July Celebration will begin today with the races, but the rest of the activities including the fireworks will be Saturday because of forecasted rain.

Today, the third annual Firecracker 5K/10K race and fun run starts at 7:30 a.m. Both the 5K and 10K start at 7:30 a.m. and cost $30-$35. All proceeds from the event fund the fireworks display later in the evening.

On Saturday, activities include:

* 9 a.m. Pups and Patriots Fashion Strut in Hancock Park Pavilion.

* 10 a.m. the Community Service Corner on the historic downtown square, the Gold City Classic Car Club Show at Courthouse Hill on East Main Street and Dahlonega Literary Festival’s Fourth of July Used Book Sale until 5 p.m. on the square.

* Noon Kids Fun Zone in Hancock Park and Patriotic Ceremony on the west lawn of the Gold Museum

* 2 p.m. old-fashioned watermelon eating contest and Appalachian Jam on the Dahlonega Gold Museum Lawn

* 5 p.m. Independence Day Parade on the University of North Georgia campus.

The fireworks show can be viewed amid a patriotic dining experience at 6 p.m. in the dining hall of the University of North Georgia plaza while enjoying music by the Kurt Thomas Band on the drill field. Tickets are $50 for individuals and $400 for a table of eight.

Tickets may be purchased at the Visitor Center in Dahlonega or call 706-864-3711.

In Gainesville

The Paul E. Bolding Post 7 American Legion’s annual Independence Day celebration and firework display was set to go off for its 50th time this year at Laurel Park. However, the event has been rescheduled for Labor Day.

In Blairsville

Independence Day at Vogel State Park is still set for 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 4.

The event includes a flag-raising ceremony, bicycle parade, pedal boat races, sandcastle-building competition, watermelon eating, sack races, egg tosses and greased-pole climbing.

Admission is $3.50-$10 per person with a $5 parking fee.

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