As Gwinnett residents commemorate the 234th anniversary of our nation's independence with American flags flying, fireworks lighting up the evening sky, family, food and fun, the city of Lawrenceville will celebrate the holiday with a stroll down a yellow brick road somewhere over the rainbow.
During the sixth annual Prelude to the 4th event downtown Saturday, the Aurora Theatre and the Lawrenceville Tourism and Trade Association will present a concert adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz" on the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse lawn.
The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and performed with a full orchestra under the direction of the Aurora's Ann-Carol Pence. A fireworks display to a live performance of John Philip Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever" will follow.
Here's a look at what other cities and businesses are doing to celebrate Independence Day.
For more information on Prelude to the 4th, call 678-226-2639 or visit www.visitlawrenceville.com.
- Staff Writer Deanna Allen
Auburn * 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.
Stone Mountain * Stone Mountain Park will host its 43rd annual Fantastic Fourth Celebration on Saturday, Sunday and Monday with the Lasershow Spectacular showing nightly followed by a fireworks display, which are free to attend with $10 vehicle pass. For more information, call 770-498-5690 or visit www.stonemountainpark.com.
Loganville * Loganville will celebrate Independence Day with its annual Fourth of July parade at 10 a.m. Saturday downtown. For more information, call 770-466-3184 or visit www.loganville-ga.gov.
Norcross * 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 and, 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 678-448-2122 or visit www.aplacetoimagine.com.
Duluth * 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.
Sugar Hill * 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 770-831-7413 or visit www.cityofsugarhill.com.
Gwinnett Braves * 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.
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. on July 4. 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.