Fireworks, events to celebrate Fourth of July

Fireworks are set off at Lake Lanier Islands’ Sunset Cove during a Fourth of July event. (Special Photo)

Fireworks are set off at Lake Lanier Islands’ Sunset Cove during a Fourth of July event. (Special Photo)

Thursday, July 3

Red, White and BOOM! Fireworks and Bruce in the USA

The city of Norcross will hold its Independence Day celebration featuring fireworks and Bruce in the USA, a Bruce Springsteen cover band, Thursday, July 3, in Thrasher Park. Maxwell Taylor Man of 1000 Voices will open the event at 6 p.m., followed by Bruce in the USA at 7:30. A fireworks display will be set off at dusk, with live music to follow. The park is located off Thrasher Street in Norcross, and admission to the event is free. For more information, visit www.aplacetoimagine.com.


The city of Lawrenceville will host its ninth annual Prelude celebration at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 3, on the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse lawn, located at 185 Crogan St. The event will feature a production of the classic Broadway musical “South Pacific,” presented by the Aurora Theatre. The musical will be followed by fireworks. The event is free to attend. Lawn seating begins at 5:30 for the 7:30 p.m. performance. Residents can reserve a table of premium seating for six for $125 through July 3. For more information, call 770-822-5450 or visit www.lawrencevillega.org.

Sparks in the Park

E.E. Robinson Park and the city of Sugar Hill will host Sparks in the Park from 6:30 p.m. to midnight Thursday, July 3. The free event will include live music, inflatable rides, a movie and a fireworks display. The park is located at 850 Level Creek Road in Sugar Hill. For more information, call 770-945-6716 or visit www.cityofsugarhill.com.

47th annual Fantastic Fourth Celebration

Stone Mountain Park will host an Independence Day celebration July 3 through July 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day, with the park’s Lasershow Spectacular beginning each night at 9:30 p.m. The park is located on U.S. Highway 78 East in Stone Mountain. Admission is free with the park’s $10 parking fee. For more information, call 770-498-5690 or visit www.stonemountainpark.com.

Duluth Celebrates America

The city of Duluth will hold its annual Independence Day celebration beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 3. The event will take place at the Duluth Festival Center and Amphitheatre, located at 3142 Hill St. in Duluth, and will include live entertainment, food vendors, activities for kids, a fireworks display and more. Admission is free but VIP tables can be reserved. For more information, call 770-476-3434 or visit www.duluthga.net.

Lake Lanier’s Fourth of July Weekend Celebration

Lake Lanier Islands Resort will kick off its four-day-long Fourth of July celebration on Thursday, July 3. Live music includes performances from Wylie Street Coyotes on the Big Beach Floating Stage from 3 to 7 p.m. and Johnny Summers at Sunset Cove from 5 to 9 p.m. On Friday, the Red, White & Blue Fourth of July Party hosted by Kicks 101.5 will be held from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Sunset Cove. Entertainment includes a live remote from Kicks 101.5 from 4 to 7 p.m. Second Hand Swagger takes the stage from 3 to 4:15 p.m., followed by Convoy performing live from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Fireworks will light up the skies over the lake beginning at 10 p.m. The celebration continues Saturday with live music performances from Wylie Street Coyotes on the Big Beach Floating Stage from 1 to 5 p.m., Gray Sartin at Gianni’s from 5 to 9 p.m. and a full day of performances at Sunset Cove with Ashley Rivera taking the stage from 1 to 5 p.m. and Bama Gamblers from 6 to 10 p.m. After dark, Paramount Pictures’ “Captain America” will be presented as the weekend’s Beach Flick on Big Beach. Sunday’s events will include live music from Redneck Blonde from 1 to 5 p.m. and Evan Greenstein from 6 to 10 p.m. at Sunset Cove, and Wylie Street Coyotes on the Big Beach Floating Stage from 3 to 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.lakelanierislands.com.

Friday, July 4

Auburn Independence Day Celebration

Downtown Auburn will host an Independence Day celebration Friday, July 4. The event will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. and will include entertainment, musical by Ashley Rivera, chainsaw art demonstrations, rides, crafts, food, and more. The event will take place at 1369 Fourth Ave. and is expected to draw more than 14,000 people. Admission is free. For more information, call 770-963-4002.

Braselton festival, parade and fireworks

Downtown Braselton plans to celebrate the Fourth of July by hosting a festival, parade and fireworks Friday. Families can enjoy the music of Ivan Duke between 4 and 6 p.m. as well as a performance by Southern Accent beginning at 7 p.m. in the downtown park on Harrison Street. The event will also include crafts, food and children’s activities. The patriotic parade will assemble at the Braselton Tech Center and travel into the downtown area and park beginning at 6 p.m. Decorated Army veteran, Command Sergeant Major Bart Womack, is the grand marshal. Fireworks will be launched at dusk. Prime viewing areas will be the West Jackson Primary School, Hoschton Park or in downtown Braselton. The festival, parade and fireworks are free to all who attend. For more information, check the town’s visitor’s bureau Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DowntownBraselton.

Fabulous Fourth Family Fun Night

The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center will host an Independence Day celebration at 7 p.m. Friday, July 4. Food and drinks will be available for purchase and a screening of the movie “Frozen” will begin at 9 p.m. Admission is $5 per vehicle for GEHC members, $10 per vehicle for non-members and $15 per bus or RV. Ordering tickets in advance is encourage. The center is located at 2020 Clean Water Drive in Buford. For more information, call 770-904-3500 or visit www.gwinnettehc.org.

Gwinnet Braves game and fireworks show

The Gwinnett Braves are playing the Durham Bulls at 7:05 p.m. Friday, July 4, and a fireworks show is set to follow the game. Players will be wearing special patriotic jerseys that will be auctioned off during the match-up. Those who attend are asked to wear red, white and blue. Ticket prices range from $7.50 to $20. For more information, visit gwinnettbraves.com.

Mall of Georgia’s 12th annual Fabulous Fourth

The Mall of Georgia will host its Fabulous Fourth celebration beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, July 4, in the Village Amphitheatre. The event will include children’s rides and inflatables, live music, food and beverage concessions and a fireworks display. The mall is located at 3333 Buford Drive in Buford. This year’s post fireworks movie, “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” will be shown on a giant, 70-foot screen and guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Admission to the event is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/MallOfGeorgia.

Sparkle in the Park

The city of Lilburn will host Sparkle in the Park from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 4. The event will take place at Lilburn City Park, located at 76 Main St. Admission is free and the event will include music, food and fireworks. For more information, call 770-921-2210 or visit www.cityoflilburn.com.

Star Spangled Snellville

Snellville Tourism and Trade will host an Independence Day celebration from 3 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 4. Fireworks will begin at dark. The event will take place on the Town Green, located at 2342 Oak Road. The event will include games, musical entertainment and a fireworks display. For more information, call 770-978-5154 or visit www.snellvilletourism.com.