Fun for the Fourth: What to see and do for holiday weekend

File photo. The Gwinnett Braves will once again have a fireworks show following their game on Monday.

File photo. The Gwinnett Braves will once again have a fireworks show following their game on Monday.

This year's Fourth of July weekend will be loaded with Independence Day celebrations from movies and concerts to highly anticipated fireworks displays.

Kick off the holiday weekend with Stone Mountain Park and its "Fantastic Fourth Celebration" at 9:30 p.m. Saturday through Monday on the Memorial Lawn.

The park will open at 10 a.m. and the Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision will begin at 9:30 p.m. followed by fireworks.

If Stone Mountain Park isn't your cup of tea, celebrate with the city of Auburn and their Independence Day celebration, which will be a two-day event starting at noon Saturday.

At 9 p.m. Saturday, Auburn will have a "Beach Party" featuring The Alan Knieter Band by the volleyball court. The weekend-long celebration will also include arts and crafts, entertainment, food and a car show.

Sunday will end with a bang as Auburn launches fireworks into the night sky for spectators from downtown.

Snellville will also celebrate the holiday by hosting its "Star Spangled Snellville" festival at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Snellville Town Green.

Enjoy an evening with live patriotic music, including the classic 1812 Overture during the fireworks show. Varying activities like watermelon and pie eating contests will be available for daring competitors.

Across Main Street in Snellville, First Baptist Church will also host its "American Celebration" featuring a car show, inflatable rides, games and concessions for the entire family.

You can also pull out those lawn chairs and enjoy a relaxed, patriotic afternoon in Duluth or Norcross.

The city of Duluth will celebrate America at 4 p.m. Sunday at Scott Hudgen Park with live music, food, family-friendly activities and fireworks.

Norcross will also host its Fireworks Festival at 4 p.m. Sunday at Downtown Historic Norcross South Peachtree Street and Lillian Webb Park. The splash fountains will be running to cool guests off and there will be live music.

Follow up Norcross' festival with the city of Lawrenceville which will have its prelude to the 4th celebration from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse. The event is sponsored by the Aurora Theatre and Lawrenceville Tourism and Trade Association.

Later, the city of Sugar Hill will host "Sparks in the Park" from 6:30 p.m. to midnight Sunday at E.E. Robinson Park. Fireworks will begin at 9:45 p.m. promptly followed by "Yogi Bear" at 10 p.m.

The band Zipper Zappers will be playing a range of live music from pop and oldies to country. There will also be inflatable rides and concessions available.

If you're looking for something a little more sporty, celebrate with the Gwinnett Braves at Coolray Field while they take on the Durham Bulls for the Southern Division title at 7:05 p.m.

Monday's game will be followed by a patriotic fireworks show and will feature a "Red, White and Blue Thundersticks" giveaway.

The Gwinnett Braves will also host a "Jersey-off-the-back" silent auction where fans can bid on players' jerseys worn during the game.

Following the game, the winning bidders will be invited to go on the field and have the jersey's signed.

Celebrate July 4th with Braselton, Lake Lanier, Mall of Georgia or Lilburn with their large fireworks festivals.

Braselton's fireworks show will have their popular event at 10 a.m. at the West Jackson Intermediate School off Ga. Highway 53. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m., and the show will be visible from Braselton Park, Hoschton Park and the Braselton Town Hall.

The show will also celebrate with a patriotic parade down Ga. Highway 53 and live music.

You can also partake in Lake Lanier Islands' fireworks splendor with their "Light Up the Lake Fireworks Independence Day Celebration" from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday at Lake Lanier Islands. You can watch the show by land or by boat.

To cap off the weekend of festivities in Gwinnett, honor the Fourth of July at the Mall of Georgia which will host their Ninth Annual Fabulous Fourth from 2 to 11 p.m. at the Village Amphitheater.

Fireworks will begin at dark and will be followed by "Little Fockers," but not before an afternoon packed with fun. The center will have the Mall of Georgia Beer Garden for the older crowd and a Kids Zone with giant inflatables for the younger crowd.

Vendors will also have patriotic concessions available with hamburgers, bratwursts, hot dogs and more.

The city of Lilburn will also have their "Star-Spangled Celebration" at 6:30 p.m. at City Park with live music from StratoGeezer and The Surge! followed by fireworks.

Lilburn invites you to dig out those blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets for a laid back and fun July 4 celebration.