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Light the fuse for red, white and blue
Fourth fireworks displays among holiday happenings in Gainesville, Cleveland, Dahlonega
The annual American Legion fireworks display at Laurel Park will light up the skies over Lake Lanier again this July 4.

Independence Day celebrations

A look at holiday events in Northeast Georgia

Sterling on the Lake Fireworks Festival
When: 6 p.m. June 30
Where: Sterling on the Lake, 7005 Lake Sterling Boulevard, Flowery Branch
More info: Free admission. Parking $10 per car.

Freedom Festival
When: 5-10 p.m. June 30, concert, activities; fireworks at dusk
Where: Downtown Jefferson
More info: Free. 706-367-5714

Aurora Theatre’s Prelude to the 4th Concert
When: 7:30 p.m. July 3, fireworks at dusk
Where: Historic courthouse, downtown Lawrenceville
More info: Free. 678.226.2639,

American Legion Paul E. Bolding Post No. 7 49th annual fireworks
When: Dusk, July 4
Where: Laurel Park
More info: Gates open at 9 a.m., Parking $5.

American Legion Post 16 flag retirement ceremony
When: Noon, July 4
Where: Old Ga. Highway 75 S., Cleveland
More info: Free hot dogs and watermelon, 706 865 0894

Celebrate Braselton Festival and Parade
When: 4 p.m. July 4 parade, followed by activities, 9 p.m. fireworks
Where: Historic downtown Braselton Park
More info: Free. www.braseltonfestivals, 706-654-5720.

Mall of Georgia’s 10th Annual Fabulous Fourth
When: 2 p.m. July 4, activities and concerts, fireworks at dusk followed by “Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game of Shadows.”
Where: Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Drive, Buford
More info: Free. 678-482-8788,

Fourth of July Family Celebration & Firecracker 5K/10K
When: 7 a.m. July 4, race followed by family activities around the historic town square; 5 p.m. Independence Day Parade through the historic square; dusk fireworks display on North Georgia’s William J. Livsey Drill Field
Where: Downtown Dahlonega
More info:

Every summer, holiday revelers look forward to celebrating America the beautiful with July Fourth barbecues and firework displays.

The Paul E. Bolding Post No. 7 of the American Legion is helping to hold down the fireworks front with its 49th annual display at Laurel Park, 3100 Old Cleveland Highway in Gainesville.

The gates will open at 9 a.m. Wednesday. Admission is free, but there is a $5 parking fee.

Although the fireworks won’t start until dusk, early arrival is encouraged since many families like to stake out their spots by late afternoon. Once the park is full, folks will have to be turned away at the road.

Families are encouraged to bring their picnics, blankets and lawn chairs.

The American Legion Post 16 in Cleveland will also host a Fourth of July celebration. The group, along with local boy scouts, will gather at noon at the post on Ga. Highway 75 South in Cleveland for a flag retirement and burning ceremony.

The public is invited to bring worn flags for burning and to hang around afterward for free hot dogs and watermelon.
If you are unable to attend that ceremony, you can drop off your worn flags in advance at Nix Hardware, 15 Courthouse Square in downtown Cleveland.

North Georgia College and State University also has planned a fireworks display to conclude Dahlonega’s family-style Fourth of July celebration.

The Dahlonega festivities include an Independence Day Parade at 5 p.m. Wednesday, which will wind around the town’s square. The historic square will also be peppered with a variety of family-friendly activities, including a patriotic ceremony at the Dahlonega Gold Museum, 1 Public Square.

After the parade is over, the public is invited to gather at North Georgia’s William J. Livsey Drill Field to watch the fireworks and partake in the All-American refreshments that will be sold by the school’s cadets.