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Dawsonville celebrates July 4th
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Mason, 6, and Trinity Hyde, 10, wave American flags at the race cars coming down the track at Atlanta Motorsports Park July 4. - photo by Jessica Taylor

The fifth annual Sparks in the Motorsports Park concluded with a bang last Wednesday night as locals and out of town guests enjoyed an impressive fireworks display at Atlanta Motorsports Park.

As soon as gates opened at 5 p.m. cars piled with families lined up for their chance to secure parking as the annual event draws a larger crowd each year.

Plenty of on-site activities kept both children and adults happy as they waited for the fireworks to kick off when the sun went down.

A bouncy house, face painting and a balloon making station were popular with the kids, but nothing could top the popularity of the inflatable water slide, which kids excitedly slid down fully clothed to stay cool in the July heat.

Vendors serving ice cream, shaved ice, pizza, wings, funnel cakes and more were hits as patrons grabbed some dinner and snacks and walked around the track to watch race cars in the pro drifter show whizzing around.

Shade provided by the shadow of the parking garages was a popular spot to set up blankets and chairs as spectators tried to keep cool while members of AMP secured their spots on the balcony overlooking the track.

Live music from the Pain Killers kept the large crowd entertained until it was time to gaze up at the sky to see bright pops of color shimmering down to the ground.

The event is sponsored by AMP and the Dawsonville Downtown Development Authority.

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Renee Mullen from Woodstock paints the face of Harrison Gilberg like his favorite superhero The Flash at the Sparks in the Motorsports Park event July 4. Gilberg came with his family from Las Vegas to celebrate his fifth birthday in style, with fireworks and fun. - photo by Jessica Taylor
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Nathalee Greeson, 6 months, celebrated her first Independence Day at the Atlanta Motorsports Park, watching race cars whizz by and fireworks lighting up the night sky. - photo by Jessica Taylor
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There were plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertained including inflatable bouncy houses, balloon making and face painting. The inflatable waterslide was a fan favorite, keeping kids cool as they celebrated the 4th of July. - photo by Jessica Taylor
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People lined the track of Atlanta Motorsports Park to watch race cars whizzing by and doing donuts on the track at the 5th annual Sparks in the Motorsports Park July 4. - photo by Jessica Taylor
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The inflatable waterslide was the biggest hit with the kids at the motorsports park during the 4th of July festivities. - photo by Jessica Taylor
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Kids sit at the fence around the track watching cars taking pit stops to change drivers. - photo by Jessica Taylor