Note: The following list only includes events happening in the SunLight Project coverage area from July 2-4. Many communities hosted Independence Day events the Saturday before July 4.
VLPRA Fireworks Show
Nightfall (around 9:15 p.m.)
The Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks & Recreation Authority is hosting South Georgia’s largest fireworks show on Independence Day.
The show is free. The best viewing areas are on the mall side of I-75, between exits 16 and 18. Just look west toward Brooks County.
For more information, visit www.vlpra.com.
Wild Adventures: Fireworks Show, Harlem Globetrotters
At sundown on July 4, Wild Adventures Theme Park will hold a fireworks display, complete with music. Park visitors can bring their own chair or rent a park chair on a first-come, first-serve basis.
On July 2 and 3, the World-Famous Harlem Globetrotters will perform three shows a day (1, 3 and 5 p.m.) in the amphitheater. The iconic basketball wizards will entertain with their signature ball handling, trick shots and comedy antics with plenty of audience participation.
Both events are free with park admission. All active or retired military, disabled veterans and reservists get into the park for free with military ID from July 1-4. The park will also serve a free buffet to military on July 4.
For more information, visit www.WildAdventures.com or call (229) 219-7080.
Picnic and Fireworks Show
Georgia Museum of Agriculture
1392 Whiddon Mill Road
Hosted by the museum, the event is $10 per vehicle for up to eight people and $20 for vehicles with more than eight people. It is cash only at the gate, and veterans and active military get free admission with ID.
For more information, call (229) 391-5202.
Thomasville Independence Day Celebration
Thomasville's annual festivities begin July 4 at 6:30 p.m., followed by a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.
Free family activities and a live concert featuring the Mike Veal Band will take place at the new Thomasville Park and Amphitheater, 131 S. Stevens St.
For close to two decades, CNS, the City of Thomasville's cable network, has sponsored Thomasville's July 4 festivities and fireworks.
This year's July 4 celebration also offers face-painting, arts and crafts led by Pottery Frenzy and You're Maker, and Smallcakes cupcake decorating.
Local veterans groups and a variety of food vendors will be at the site.
Before the large fireworks display, The Kings Voices a cappella group will perform a special rendition of the National Anthem.
Free bottles of water, while supplies last, will be provided by Archbold Memorial Hospital's Live Better Program.
Trinity Anglican Church will partner with the city to provide free treats, games and cooling-off stations for those attending the events.
A fireworks show is also scheduled in Cairo and will begin between 9 and 9:15 p.m. on Independence Day at West Cairo High School’s Thomas Stadium. The event is sponsored by the City of Cairo and Grady County.
Dalton Parks and Recreation Department July 4 Celebration
The celebration includes a full slate of events, all at Heritage Point Park on July 4.
Old Timers Softball Game, 11 a.m.
Registration for Home Run Derby, 12 p.m.
Registration for Little Miss Rec and Eating Contests, 2 p.m.
Disc Golf Tournament, 2 p.m.
Registration for Cornhole Tournament, 3 p.m.
Little Miss Rec Contest, 4 p.m.
Bubble Ball, 5 p.m.
Krystal Eating Contest, 6 p.m.
Pro Wrestling, 6:30 p.m.
Krispy Kreme Eating Contest, 7:30 p.m.
Pro Wrestling Championship Matches, 8 p.m.
Fireworks, 9:30 p.m.
Cohutta Independence Day Celebration
There will be a car and tractor show, live music, inflatables, hot dogs and watermelon. Fireworks will begin shortly after dark.
Branford’s River Reunion
The annual event will begin with the Suwannee River Kayak/Canoe Race at 10 a.m. with registration starting at 9 a.m. The race will begin at Little River Springs.
The Branford Rotary Duck Race will take place at Ivey Memorial Park at 2 p.m.
The River Reunion’s opening ceremony will be at 3 p.m. at Hatch Park. There will be food, crafts and informational booths at the ceremony. There will be bounce houses and games for the children all day.
The parade lineup will begin at the Branford High School football field at 5 p.m. with the parade starting at 6 p.m. Spectators can see the parade on Suwannee Avenue from Scaffs Supermarket, down a block before Highway 27.
The Bedrock Derby Race will begin at 7:30 p.m., but in order to make a derby car, participants need to be there at 7 p.m. The committee will supply the tools to make the car.
The fireworks finale will begin at dusk.
City of Live Oak/CRA Fourth of July Celebration
There will be vendors, games, face painting and fireworks to end the night. The Bryan Wainwright Band will perform for the event.
If anyone is interested in becoming a vendor, call Heidi Hoffer at 386-249-3986.
Hamilton County Parks and Recreation
4525 SW 107th Avenue, Jasper
The celebration will start at 5 p.m. with live music, water slides, bounce houses, and food and craft vendors. The bounce houses and slides are free of charge.
The fireworks will start around 9:15 p.m.
The event is sponsored by the Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners and the Tourist Development Council.
Annual Fourth of July Celebration
Edwards Perry Recreation Field in Mayo
The event will include a barbecue cook off, corn hole tournament, watermelon eating contest, hourly door prizes and more. Pulled pork sandwiches and rib dinners will be for sale.
Fireworks will begin at dark.
The Lafayette Activities Group is sponsoring the event. For more information, email the group at email@example.com.