Rain washes out fireworks events, some still on

LAWRENCEVILLE -- As was feared early in the week, storm clouds replaced the boom, sparkle and patriotic fireworks celebrations planned for skies above Gwinnett on Wednesday night.

The pre-Independence Day events were called off by mid-afternoon in Lawrenceville and Norcross, which followed the same soggy news from Duluth, Snellville, Loganville and Lilburn earlier Wednesday and Tuesday. Lawrenceville officials canceled the "Prelude to the Fourth" event, while Loganville's festivities were moved to Saturday, Sugar Hill officials rescheduled "Sparks in the Park" for Aug. 3, Snellville moved the annual "Star Spangled Snellville" event to Aug. 31 and Lilburn's "Sparkle in the Park" will be on Sept. 1. In Duluth, the fireworks will be rescheduled to follow the Duluth Fall Festival concert featuring Rupert's Orchestra on Sept. 14.

Norcross City Manager Rudolph Smith said his city's event would be rescheduled at a later date, but the live concert by Mother's Finest remained as scheduled.

In Braselton, a festival and annual parade through the city and fireworks to end the evening is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. on Independence Day.

Stone Mountain Park's three-day fireworks and Lasershow Spectacular is scheduled for Thursday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day with a Lasershow at 9:30 p.m. The cost is $28 for adults, $22 for children and $10 for parking.

The 11th annual Mall of Georgia Fabulous Fourth event with raffles, live music, fireworks and the showing of "Playing For Keeps" is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. on Thursday.

Also on Thursday, the Gwinnett Braves will hold a fireworks show following the home game at Coolray Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Lake Lanier Islands fireworks display was moved to Saturday night.