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Katie Stafford cooks hamburgers and hotdogs for family Saturday before fireworks at Laurel Park in Gainesville. Stafford and her family have been going to the Laurel Park fireworks and grilling out for about 10 years. - photo by Erin O. Smith

Gainesville marked an early Fourth of July celebration on Saturday night with the annual fireworks show over Lake Lanier at Laurel Park.

Thousands showed up to watch fireworks light up the sky as well as enjoying cookouts and entertainment. There were a variety of activities for children to enjoy before fireworks began including the Sprayground, inflatable slides, vendor booths, music and more.

For those who missed the fun, there are several other chances to catch fireworks in North Georgia over the next few days:

Cumming: 6-11 p.m. today, fireworks at 9:30 p.m.; 10 a.m. steam engine parade Monday, July 4, Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road, Cumming. Free. cummingfair.net

Buford: 5 p.m. Monday, Mall of Georgia parking lot, 3333 Buford Drive NE, Buford. Free. www.simon.com/mall/mall-of-georgia

Braselton: After dark Monday, Braselton Park, 115 Harrison St., Braselton. Free. downtownbraselton.com

Dahlonega: 5 p.m. parade down Memorial Drive, fireworks after dark Monday, University of North Georgia drill field. Free. dahlonega4thofjuly.com

Dawsonville: 4-9 p.m. Monday, Atlanta Motorsports Park, 20 Duck Thurmond Road, Dawsonville. Free. facebook.com/atlantamotorsportspark

Helen: Dusk Monday, Alpine Village Shoppes and Helen Welcome Center, 8016 S. Main St., Helen. Free. 706-878-2181

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