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Memorial Day weekend loaded with fireworks, festivities

Photo by Brian Giandelone

Photo by Brian Giandelone

This Memorial Day weekend Gwinnett has it all, from patriotic concerts to memorial services and softball games to honor our soldiers.

Jumpstart the holiday weekend at the Suwanee Town Center Park tonight at 7 p.m. The city is hosting a Memorial Day concert sponsored by the Gwinnett Daily Post.

It will be open to the public and feature the Gwinnett Community Band and the Silver Wings. Grab those blankets and lawn chairs that have been gathering dust, and prepare for a patriotic night of music.

On Saturday, Bunten Park in Duluth will host the fourth annual All Services Softball Tournament at 10 a.m. and welcomes everyone. The tournament encourages people 18 years or older to join one of the four teams -- Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines -- and you don't have to be in the military to play.

The event is sponsored by the Sentinels of Freedom, which is focused on bringing wounded veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan back to Gwinnett for a Four Year Life Scholarship.

Then get a chance to thank the men and women who put their lives on the line Saturday at 6 p.m. in Duluth, which will be hosting a Memorial Day service to honor local Purple Heart recipients at the Duluth Town Green and Amphitheater.

After the service, the American Legion Riders will get on their motorcycles and perform "Salute to Fallen Heroes" to honor those who lost their lives.

The festivities don't stop there.

Norcross will also host a Memorial Music Madness concert Sunday at 6 p.m. at the North Atlanta Trade Center.

This concert will be featuring '80s music for adults 21 years and older. You can get your grove on with the White Leppard Crue, Electric Boogaloo, The Lunatics and DJ Deez.

To wrap up the holiday weekend spend the day in Dacula, which will have a Memorial Day parade starting at 10 a.m. on Dacula Road. The "Land That I Love" themed parade will include antique cars, tractors and more.

Earlier that morning, Dacula will have a 1-mile fun run and a 5K beginning at 8 a.m. in Dacula Park.

There will also be a festival with arts, crafts and music all day until 5 p.m. to celebrate our soldiers and provide fun for families.

Gwinnett County will also have a Fallen Heroes Memorial to honor Gwinnett's residents who died for their country, Monday at 1 p.m. at the Gwinnett Justice Administration Center in Lawrenceville. The black granite markers name more than 700 people.