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Free fireworks show at motorsports park
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Its an honor to do an event like this, Authority Secreatry-Treasurer Seanie Zappendorf said. Jeremy is being very generous about using his property.

Jeremy Porter is CEO of Atlanta Motorsports Park.

AMP appreciates all that the community has done for us, and we want to provide a great tradition for the locals, Porter said. Its our way of saying thank you for your support.

Admission is free.

New this year will be a show of parachuters landing at AMP, immediately followed by fireworks. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. Activities for the entire family include local musicians Peyton Porter, Casey Passmore and the Scott Walker Band, food trucks, dunk tank, snow cones, bouncy houses and more. Public go-karting will be available starting at 10 a.m. for a $35 fee.

For the athlete in the family, there is an AMP triathlon that includes go-karting, cycling and 4K run finishing under the fireworks on the racetrack. Registration fee of $35 includes race T-shirt and awards to top finishers. To register, visit

Also in Dawson County, Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge is hosting an old-fashioned, all-America July 4th weekend. Saturday, July 4, starts off with a barbecue lunch buffet, followed at 1 p.m. with a birds of prey program and at 2 p.m. a watermelon seed-spitting contest. A bowtie pasta flag pin craft project for children begins at 4 p.m., and at 8 p.m. a campfire, smores, storytelling and singing. Park entrance is $5 per carload. Chocolate bars for smores are $1.

On Sunday, July 5, the day begins with brunch, followed at 1 p.m. with a Snakes Alive program, relay race for children and adults, and at 3 p.m. a turtle race with Speed Bump and Lightning.

Separately, the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame is hosting Dawsonville Heritage Days, July 3-4. Starting Friday, July 3, there is a free concert, 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. Moonshine drinks will be offered inside the GRHOF, 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. On July 4, Heritage Days Car Show, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. with registration at 8:30 a.m. Fee to register is $20. Trophies given for Best in Show, Top Ford, Top GM, Top Mopar; Heritage Days Stations will be open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and include a farmers market, blacksmith, handmade quilts, fried apple pies, face painting, watermelon slices, handcrafted ice cream, vintage gunsmith. Also on Saturday, radio station 104.3 will be live on stage 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. There is also a corn hole tournament July 4, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.