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Fourth of July weekend events

From Staff Reports

LAWRENCEVILLE - This year, the city of Lawrenceville is setting its rockets' red glare to a patriotic soundtrack.

On July 3, the city will holds its first Prelude to the Fourth, a performance on the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse lawn by the Gwinnett Philharmonic Orchestra that will culminate in a fireworks display set to music.

As the low-level fireworks burst in the air, vocalist Joy Fowler will sing "God Bless America," and Tommy Heaton will perform "God Bless the USA." The event will be held from 8 to 10 p.m.

The event is a prelude to the city's annual Gwinnett Glows celebration and fireworks display, which will begin at 4 p.m. July 4 at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.

Patrons are invited to purchase dinner from vendors or one of the Historic Square's restaurants, grab a spot on the lawn and settle in for the performance. Restaurants will also sell picnic dinners for those who want to dine outdoors before or during the show.

While lawn chairs and blankets are welcome, attendees may also reserve a VIP table for $100. The 20 available tables include six chairs with room for two more and can be reserved by calling Tiffany Jones at 770-682-7508. Personal tables, canopies and tents are not permitted.

The rain date is July 5. For more information, visit www.visitlawrenceville.com.

Lawrenceville's events are just a taste of the Fourth of July weekend events planned across the county and beyond. The following is a list of scheduled events:

Auburn

A festival will celebrate the Fourth on July 2 beginning at 3 p.m. in R.H. Burel Park in downtown Auburn. There will be food, arts and crafts, pony rides for kids, a rock wall and a live performance by the band Risky Business. The fireworks display after dark will be twice as big as in the past. Call 404-963-4002 ext 207.

Braselton

Braselton will hold a festival featuring vendors, a parade and a concert July 2 and 3 at Braselton Park on Harrison Street. The festivities will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday and last until 10 p.m., with the concert at 7 p.m. The parade will kick off Sunday's events at 1 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 half-hour of fireworks following a concert by the Jesters on July 3. The concert will run from 8:30 to 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. For information, call 800-233-9463 or visit www.chateauelanatlanta.com.

Buford

Mall of Georgia will host a weekend of Fourth of July events on July 3 and 4 that will include children's activities, live entertainment and fireworks, all beginning at noon. Concerts will be held throughout the day beginning at 1 p.m., and the fireworks show will begin at dusk. The mall is located at 3333 Buford Drive, Buford. Call 770-271-9458 or visit www.mallofgeorgia.com.

Duluth

Duluth Celebrates America festivities will include a concert featuring the Army Ground Forces Band, train rides for kids, the Silver Wings Parachute Team and a fireworks display. The entertainment begins at 7 p.m. at Scott Hudgens Park, 4545 River Green Parkway in Duluth. Call 770-497-5312 or visit www.duluth-ga.com.

Lake Lanier

The Light up the Sky celebration at the Beach and Waterpark at Lake Lanier Islands begins when the park opens at 10 a.m. July 4. 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.

Lawrenceville

The city will present its first "Prelude to the Fourth" event July 3 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. The rain date is July 5. Call 770-255-8525 or visit www.visitlawrenceville.com.

The annual Gwinnett Glows event will begin at 4 p.m. July 4 at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville. The event is free and will feature arts and crafts, children's activities, a concert by Tim Purcell and The Mustangs and fireworks beginning after sundown. Concessions will be available from a number of vendors. Admission is free. Call 770-822-7126 or visit www.gwinnettcounty.com.

Norcross

July 4th Celebration festivities will be held from 4 p.m. until after dark July 2 at Thrasher Park in downtown Norcross. Attractions will include food, drinks, arts and crafts, pony rides and a petting zoo. There will be a fireworks show at dusk. Call 770-242-8585 or visit www.norcrossga.net.

Snellville

An American Celebration event will run from 5 to 9 p.m. July 3, 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. Events are free. The event will be held at First Baptist Snellville, 2400 Highway 78, Snellville. Call 770-978-7000 or visit www.fbcsnell.org.

Stone Mountain

The Fantastic Fourth Celebration will be held July 2, 3 and 4 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.

Sugar Hill

Rockets Over Robinson will kick off with live music and a fireworks show that begins at 9:15 p.m. July 3 at E.E. Robinson Park, West Broad St., Sugar Hill. After the fireworks, "Shrek 2" will be shown in the park as part of the Reels at Robinson movie series. Call 770-945-6716 or visit www.cityofsugarhill.com.

On July 4, the city will honor Gwinnett police with a free concert by the band Swinging Medallions at 7 p.m. at E.E. Robinson Park, West Broad St., Sugar Hill. Call 770-945-6716 or visit www.cityofsugarhill.com.

Atlanta

The annual 10K Peachtree Road Race will begin at 7:30 a.m. July 4 at Lenox Square. Visit www.atlantatrackclub.org.

Lenox Square Mall will celebrate all day long July 4. From noon to 5 p.m., kids will find face painters, balloon artists and an Uncle Sam on stilts. At 5 p.m., musical performances begin in the parking lot of Macy's. The fireworks spectacular will start at 9:40 p.m. Lenox Square is located at 3393 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. Call 404-233-6767.

The WSB Salute 2 America Parade begins at 1 p.m. 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 on WSB-TV. Music and fountain shows begin at the park at noon 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. at Turner Field, followed by a fireworks show called Salute to America in the Sky. Tickets range from $5 to $50. Visit www.atlanta.braves.mlb.com.