Gwinnett will commemorate the 234th anniversary of our nation's independence with fireworks lighting up the evening sky every night this weekend. Here's a look at what's happening, when and where, and the best places to get the best views.
The city of Auburn will host a two-day July Fourth Celebration from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to dusk Saturday. The event will include music, crafts vendors, inflatables, food and a fireworks display Saturday evening. For more information, call 770-963-4002 or visit www.cityofauburn-ga.org.
Best vantage points: The city of Auburn will shoot off fireworks at a local business, Boise, the building materials distribution center near City Hall. The best spots to see the show are along Fourth Avenue in from of City Hall and the Auburn Police Department. The pavilion at the entrance to Boise could be a prime spot as well.
Stone Mountain Park
Stone Mountain Park will host its 43rd annual Fantastic Fourth Celebration on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with the Lasershow Spectacular showing nightly followed by a fireworks display. For more information, call 770-498-5690 or visit www.stonemountainpark.com"www.stonemountainpark.com.
Best vantage point: The best place to be for a fireworks display at Stone Mountain Park is on Memorial Lawn, the spacious, grassy area at the base of the stone structure where the famous carving is most visible. A $10 parking fee will get you and anyone you can safely fit in your vehicle access to the lawn. Arrive early to ensure finding a spot.
An Independence Day Celebration will be held from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Lillian Webb Community Park in Norcross. The event will include food, face painting, rides and inflatables for kids, live music at 4:30 and at 7:30 and an evening fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. The event is free to attend. For more information, call 770-448-2122 or visit www.aplacetoimagine.com.
Best vantage points: The city of Norcross will shoot off its fireworks display from Cemetery Field off Cemetery Street. Two city parks -- the three-acre Lillian Webb Community Park at the intersection of College Street and Britt Avenue and Thrasher Park just off Thrasher Street at its intersection with Jones Street and Park Drive -- will offer great views for the fireworks display. Space at Lillian Webb Park will likely fill up fast with the other activities going on there so arrive early to secure a spot.
Duluth Celebrates America will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday at Scott Hudgens Park in Duluth. The event will include live music, pony rides, games and inflatables, face painting, train rides and a fireworks display. The event is free to attend. For more information, call 770-476-3434 or visit www.duluthga.net.
Best vantage point: Fireworks will be shot off in an area of Scott Hudgens Park, offering those gathered inside the 40-acre park the best view of the show.
The city of Lawrenceville will hold its sixth annual Prelude to the 4th event downtown Saturday, with the Aurora Theatre and the Lawrenceville Tourism and Trade Association presenting a concert adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz" on the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse lawn at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Cast members will be on hand beginning at 5:30 p.m. to greet guests. A fireworks display to a live performance of John Philip Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever" will follow the concert. For more information on Prelude to the 4th, call 678-226-2639 or visit www.visitlawrenceville.com.
Best vantage points: The city of Lawrenceville will shoot off its fireworks display from the parking lot behind Sperata, which is located across from the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse. The courthouse lawn will likely be a prime viewing spot as the pre-fireworks concert will be held there as well, but anywhere in downtown Lawrenceville should offer a great view of the display.
The city of Sugar Hill will host 2010 Sparks in the Park from 6:30 to midnight Saturday at E. E. Robinson Park. The event will include musical performances at 6:30, 7:15, a performance of the National Anthem at 9:40 and fireworks at 9:45 p.m. An outdoor showing of "Night at the Museum Battle of the Smithsonian" will begin at 10:15. The event is free to attend. For more information, call 770-945-6716
or visit www.cityofsugarhill.com.
Best vantage point: Sugar Hill's annual fireworks display will be shot off in E. E. Robinson Park, where all the activities for the event will be held. The 54-acre park will offer the best views of the display.
The Gwinnett Braves organization will host the Heroes of the Diamond Red, White and Blue Tour at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Coolray Field featuring the U.S. Military All-Stars vs. Heroes of the Diamond. A fireworks extravaganza will follow the game. Individual tickets start at $5. For more information, call the Coolray Field Box Office at 678-277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com.
Best vantage points: If you're not planning to be in the stands as the U.S. Military All-Stars take on the Heroes of the Diamond in the Heroes of the Diamond Red, White and Blue Tour, watch the after-game fireworks display from the surrounding area. Fireworks will be shot off from the parking lot behind the berm near the stadium entrance. The best vantage point within the stadium is the section along the third base line and fans will be able to move around the stadium to get the best view.
Mall of Georgia
The Mall of Georgia will host its Fabulous Fourth event beginning with musical performances by The Ron Johnsons from 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday. A fireworks display will begin at dusk followed by an outdoor showing of the film "Transformers." For more information, call 678-482-8788 or visit www.mallofgeorgia.com.
Best vantage points: The Mall of Georgia has a fireworks viewing area set aside for its Fabulous Fourth event near the outdoor movie screen and kid's zone, but anywhere on the rear side of the mall should offer a great view of the display.