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Dressed in red, white and blue, 2-year-old Charlie Welch waves her flag and dances at last years Sparks in the Motorsports fireworks festivities. - photo by File photo

Presented by the Dawsonville Downtown Development Authority, parking for Sparks in the Motorsports Park opens at 3:30 p.m., with activities beginning at 4 p.m.

Schedule of events:

10 a.m. AMP Karting is open

3:30 p.m. AMP general parking lots open

4-9 p.m. Festivities

4-9 p.m. Entertainers Peyton Porter, Casey Passmore and Scott Walker Band with special guest Barry Richmond

4:30-4:45 p.m. First Super Cross show

7-7:15 p.m. Second Super Cross show

7-9:45 p.m. AMP triathlon: karting, cycling and 4k

8-8:15 p.m. Third Super Cross show

9 p.m. Parachuters fly in and fireworks follow

10 p.m. Exit and closure of AMP


The Independence Day celebration will once again rev into gear Saturday at Atlanta Motorsports Park with a fireworks display to wow spectators for miles away.

Dawsonville Mayor James Grogan said the community will not want to miss the event.

"The way the park is set up and the topography, it gives the best view to see the fireworks," he said. "I'd say that last year's fireworks show was the best in north Georgia."

Shalena Samples attended last year's inaugural event with her son, parents and extended family.

"It was awesome--best finale ever," she said.

In addition to fireworks at dark, festivities will also include activities for the family, food from various vendors, a motocross demonstration, a triathlon around the track and live musical performances by Peyton Porter, Casey Passmore and Scott Walker Band with special guest Barry Richmond.

Then right before the fireworks are set to explode, look to the sky and watch parachuters as they land on the track.

"That's new this year," Grogan said.

According to organizers, last year's festivities drew an estimated 5,000 people in its inaugural year at the private track in western Dawson County.

And for many, like Pam and Scott Blevins, it was the mystery of the 2-mile track that lured them in.

"We were planning on going to Dahlonega and then he saw online they were having fireworks here. The track is really what drew him here," she said.

Her husband said he's wanted to take a tour of the track since it opened in 2011.

He was not disappointed when he arrived.

"Oh it's great. I didn't know there were so many different things that they did here. The karting and it's open to the public," Scott Blevins said.

Public karting will also be available Saturday starting at 10 a.m. with special July 4th pricing.