This Fourth of July, you can light up sparklers and celebrate the holiday at home. But if you're looking for a bigger bang, check out one of the many fireworks displays and festivities in the area this weekend. Here's a guide to events near you:
The Braselton July Festival will be held today at Braselton Park on Harrison Street and will feature vendors, a parade and a concert. The parade will kick off today's events at 1 p.m., a concert by Rockasaurus Band will be at 2:30 p.m., and the festival will conclude at 7 p.m. Call 706-654-3915 or visit www.braselton.net.
Braselton and Chateau Elan will present a concert by the Jesters today at 8:30 p.m. The fireworks will start about 9 p.m. The concert will continue until about 11:30 p.m. and will cost $30 per person, but the fireworks are free. Bring a picnic and sit on the Chateau lawn. To purchase tickets, call 678-425-0900, ext. 41. For information, call 800-233-9463 or visit www.chateauelanatlanta.com.
Festivities begin at noon Monday at the Mall of Georgia, which will hold a Fourth of July celebration featuring a fireworks spectacular at dusk. Attractions will include family concerts in The Village, an expanded Kids Zone play and activity area, prizes, an American Red Cross blood drive in the Nordstrom Court and new shuttle service pickup at Park N Ride located at Ga. Highway 20 and Interstate 985. The mall is located at 3333 Buford Drive, Buford. Call 770-271-9458 or visit www.mallofgeorgia.com.
The second annual Will to Win Cruise-In, a car show benefiting the Victory Junction Gang Camp in North Carolina, will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday at the Mall of Georgia. Cars, trucks, vans and motorcycles are welcome. The entry fee is $20. Call Lauren Bradford at 770-945-5179 or visit www.geocities.com/vjgchelper.
Duluth Celebrates America today will include a concert at
7 p.m. by the Army Ground Forces Band, train rides for kids, the Silver Wings Parachute Team and a fireworks display at dusk. The celebration takes place at Scott Hudgens Park, 4545 River Green Parkway in Duluth. Call 770-497-5312 or visit www.duluth-ga.com.
The Light up the Sky celebration at the Beach and Waterpark at Lake Lanier Islands begins when the park opens at 10 a.m. Monday. Games, live entertainment and other festivities will precede a night of fireworks, which begin at dusk. Cost is $16.99 for children and $26.99 for adults, and children under 2 are free. Admission is half-price after 4 p.m. and $5 after 5 p.m., plus tax. Call 770-932-7200 for information or visit www.lakelanierislands.com.
The city will present its first Prelude to the Fourth event today with a concert by the Gwinnett Philharmonic Orchestra on the Historic Courthouse lawn. The concert, featuring patriotic songs, will begin at 8 p.m. and end with a low-level fireworks display. Vendors will sell food starting at 6 p.m., and restaurants will sell picnic dinners. To reserve a VIP table for $100, call 770-682-7508. For information, call 770-255-8525 or visit www.visitlawrenceville.com.
The annual Gwinnett Glows event will begin at 4 p.m. Monday at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville. The event will feature arts and crafts, children's activities, a concert by Tim Purcell and The Mustangs and fireworks beginning about 9:45 p.m. Concessions will be available from a number of vendors. Admission is free. Call 770-822-7126 or visit www.gwinnettcounty.com.
An American Celebration event will run from 5 to 9 p.m. today with children's rides (cost is $5 for a book of ride stamps), patriotic music, a volleyball tournament, a car show in the Hobby Lobby parking lot, youth laser tag, food, door prizes and fireworks at dark. Events are free. The event will be held at First Baptist Snellville, 2400 Main St. E. in Snellville. Call 770-978-7000 or visit www.fbcsnell.org.
The Fantastic Fourth Celebration will be held today and Monday at Stone Mountain Park. Each evening will feature the Lasershow Spectacular beginning at 9:30 p.m., followed by a fireworks display. The lasershow and fireworks are free. Entrance into Stone Mountain Park requires an $8 one-day parking pass per vehicle. Call 770-498-5690 or visit www.stonemountainpark.com.
Rockets Over Robinson will kick off with a free concert from the band Swinging Medallions at 7 p.m. and a fireworks show at 9:15 p.m. today at E.E. Robinson Park, Sugar Maple Drive, Sugar Hill. After the fireworks, "Shrek 2" will be shown in the park as part of the Reels at Robinson movie series. Call 770-831-7413 or visit www.cityofsugarhill.com.
The annual 10K Peachtree Road Race will begin at 7:30 a.m. Monday at Lenox Square, 3393 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta. Visit www.atlantatrackclub.org.
Lenox Square Mall will celebrate all day Monday. From noon to 5 p.m., kids will find face painters, balloon artists and an Uncle Sam on stilts inside the mall. At 5 p.m., musical performances begin in the parking lot of Rich's-Macy's. The fireworks spectacular will start at 9:40 p.m. All events are free. Lenox Square is located at 3393 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta. Call 404-233-6767.
The WSB Salute 2 America parade begins at 1 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Peachtree Street and Ralph McGill Boulevard, travels down Peachtree and ends at Centennial Olympic Park. Special guests will include Miss America 2005 Deidre Downs, ABC television stars and members of the military. If you'd rather catch the action from home, the parade will be broadcast live on WSB-TV. Music and entertainment begins at the park at 6 p.m. and will conclude with a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. The park is located at 265 Centennial Olympic Park Drive, Atlanta. Call 404-897-7855 or visit www.wsbtv.com.
The Braves will take on the Chicago Cubs at 7:05 p.m. Monday at Turner Field, followed by a fireworks show called Salute to America in the Sky. Tickets range from $1 to $53. Visit atlanta.braves.mlb.com.