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Your guide to the Fourth festivities

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POSTED: July 13, 2008 5:02 a.m.
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Hannah Faille, 10, was one of thousands in attendance during Dawsonville's Thunder in the Sky event, held at Dawson County High School each July 3, last year.

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Democracy was born on July 4, 1776 when our forefathers declared independence from Britain, allowing us to live freely in this great nation.
The following year, Americans began celebrating the historical day with elaborate revelry.
Today, the traditions continue every July 4 to mark our country's birthday. The celebratory festivities have changed little. Patriotism abounds as we commemorate the greatest day in American history by honoring those who fought for our freedom, eating fantastic food and spending time with family and friends, while enjoying the spectacle of "bombs bursting in air."
From small town festivities to magnificent exhibitions, North Georgia offers a variety of July 4th weekend possibilities.

Dawsonville
July 3
Thunder in the Sky!
Dawson County High School
706-265-3256
Festivities begin at 5 p.m., fireworks at dark.
There's no need to drive far to find an extravagant July 4th celebration. There is one catch though; Dawsonville's Thunder in the Sky fireworks display is July 3rd. Enjoy live music and special activities for the kids.
Parking is $5 per carload.

July 4-6
Patriotic Pastimes
Amicalola Falls State Park
706-265-4703
Spend Independence Day weekend at Amicalola playing old-fashioned games, making patriotic crafts, and enjoying summer games from the past and present.
$3 parking.

July 4
Dahlonega July 4th Parade and Weekend Celebration
Historic Dahlonega
Contests, parade, entertainment, music, great food, and spectacular fireworks highlight this holiday, bringing crowds early and keeping them late. Events include a flag raising ceremony, patriotic speeches, live entertainment, clogging, live music, arts and crafts, gold panning, free watermelon and much more, all followed by a fireworks display on the campus of North Georgia College at 9:15 p.m. Friday.

July 3 and 4
City of Cumming 4th of July Celebration
Cumming Fairgrounds
770-781-3491
This Independence Day celebration begins July 3 and includes a beautiful fireworks display and an all ages dance contest. Bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy the festivities. Then return in the morning for the Annual July 4th Steam Engine Parade.

July 4
4th of July BBQ, Band & Fireworks
Downtown Helen
706-878-2181
Enjoy a good old-fashioned barbecue dinner with live music next to the Chattahoochee River, then be awed by a spectacular fireworks display!

Buford
July 4
Light Up the Sky July Fourth Celebration
Lake Lanier Islands Beach & Waterpark, Buford
770-932-7200
Live entertainment, games, family fun and an outrageous fireworks display at dark.

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