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Family fun, fireworks planned for Fourth

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The University of North Georgia (UNG) will join in the Fourth of July festivities as the presenting sponsor of Dahlonega's annual fireworks display. The Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau produces the annual community celebration, which includes a parade and other family activities.

The events will begin at 7 a.m. with the Dahlonega Firecracker 5K/10K race. Activities include a pet show, a patriotic ceremony at the gold museum, a watermelon-eating contest, and an antique auto show. There will also be live music throughout the day.

The Independence Day Parade starts at 5 p.m. and winds through the historic square. The Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau will hold a Desserts at Dark fundraiser beginning at 7:30 p.m. on UNG's Dining Hall plaza, overlooking the drill field. Seating for the event is limited and tickets are available at the Dahlonega Visitors Center.

The community is invited to gather on UNG's William J. Livsey Drill Field to watch the fireworks display, which begins at dark. Open flames are not allowed on campus, so visitors are asked to refrain from using personal fireworks and sparklers during the event. Alcohol also is not permitted on campus.

Parking will be available in the Church Street and Walker Drive parking decks. Residential students are advised to use the Walker Drive deck or lot 53 at Owen Hall.

Beginning at 1 a.m. on July 4, roads and parking spaces in the drill field area and parking lots 51 and 52 off Morrison Moore Parkway will be closed and will not reopen until 1 a.m. on July 5. Any cars located in these areas should be removed before midnight July 3.

Click here to view a printable map of parking areas on the Dahlonega Campus.

University offices will be closed July 4 for the holiday and campus buildings will be locked. The Campus Connection bookstore, located at 110 S. Chestatee St., will be open 8 a.m. until noon on July 4.

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