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Dishing Out Events Across Lanier For The Weekend of July 4-7, 2024

Lakeside's Weekend Scoop

We’re dishing out upcoming events and specials across Lake Lanier for the July 4th weekend, July 4-7, 2024. Highlights include the water park, cruises, music and fireworks at Margaritaville/Lanier Islands; the Splash Pad at Laurel Park; Kayak/SUP rentals at the Kayak Shack at Longwood Park; and live music at Fish Tales, Pig Tales, Pelican Pete’s, Skogies and Twisted Oar; and area 4th of July Celebrations. 

RESTAURANTS, RECREATION, & ENTERTAINMENT
Fish Tales (Hideaway Bay Marina)

6330 Mitchell Street, Flowery Branch

770-967-3775 • www.fishtaleslakelanier.com


July 4 - Live Music w/Jonathan Ingram, 12-4 pm; Derek Edwards, 5-9 pm

July 5 - Live Music w/Ben Dunlap, 5-9 pm

July 6 - Live Music w/Rockin' Rick Dalton, 5-9 pm

July 7 - Live Music w/Paul Sanner, 5-9 pm 

Pig Tales (Aqualand Marina)

6800 Lights Ferry Rd, Flowery Branch

678-828-7676 • www.pigtaleslakelanier.com


July 4 - Live Music w/John Isaac, 12 pm; Teen Dads, 5 pm

July 5 - Live Music w/Michael Bolger, 5 pm

July 6 - Live Music w/Derek Edwards, 5 pm

July 7 - Live Music w/Ben Bostick, 5 pm 

Pelican Pete's (Port Royale Marina)

8800 Port Royale Dr, Gainesville

770-887-5715 • www.facebook.com/PelicanPetes/events/


July 4 - Live Music w/Rhonda Kay, 1-4 pm; Mark the Piano Guy, 6-9 pm

July 5 - Live Music w/Craig Gleason, 1-4 pm; James Patrick Morgan, 6-9 pm

July 6 - Live Music w/The Woodys, 11 am-2 pm; David Craver, 3-6 pm; GA Back Porch, 7-10 pm

July 7 - Live Music w/Justin Phillips, 11 am-2 pm; Teen Dads, 3-6 pm; Mark the Piano Guy, 7-10 pm 

Skogies (Gainesville Marina)

2151 Dawsonville Hwy, Gainesville

678-450-1310 • www.skogieslakefrontrestaurant.us 


July 5 - Live Music w/Jimmy Noe, 5:30-9:30 pm

July 6 - Live Music w/Josh Hamilton 

Twisted Oar (Holiday Marina)

6900 Lanier Islands Pkwy, Buford

678 714-7572 • Facebook page


Live music lineup not available at press time. 

Smokey Q (Bald Ridge Marina)

1850 Bald Ridge Marina Road • Cumming

470-499-1279 • Facebook page


July 7 - Live Music w/Mustard Throne, 5 pm

Full live music lineup not available at press time. 

DESTINATIONS
Lake Lanier Olympic Park

3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville

www.exploregainesville.org


Weekends - Canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard rentals, see www.exploregainesville.org for new opportunities this summer.

Margaritaville/Lanier Islands

7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford

770-945-8787 • www.lanierIslands.com


July 4 - Fins Up Water Park, 11 am-10 pm

July 4 - Game Changer, 12-10 pm

July 4 - The Rick Stone Band, 7-10 pm, LandShark Landing

July 4 - Fireworks, 10 pm, LandShark Landing


July 5 - Fins Up Water Park, 11 am-7 pm

July 5 - Game Changer, 12-11 pm

July 5 - The Rick Stone Band, 7-10 pm, LandShark Landing

July 5 - Dive In Movie Nights, 7:30-9 pm

July 5 - Fireworks, 10 pm, LandShark Landing


July 6 - Fins Up Water Park, 11 am-7 pm

July 6 - Game Changer, 12-11 pm

July 6 - Margarita Lake Excursion, 6-9 pm

July 6 - The Rick Stone Band, 7-10 pm, LandShark Landing

July 6 - Fireworks, 10 pm, LandShark Landing


July 7 - Fins Up Water Park, 11 am-7 pm

July 7 - Game Changer, 12-10 pm

July 7 - Brunch Cruise, 11 am 

Laurel Park

3100 Old Cleveland Highway, Gainesville

770-535-8280 • www.hallcounty.org


Offering a dog park, paved walking trail, Splash Pad (noon to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday; $2 per child) and a mega boat ramp.


July 4 - Laurel Park Celebration, Gainesville. American Legion - Paul E. Bolding Post 7 presents an all-day Fourth of July celebration. Gates open at 9 a.m. with food vendors, kid’s activities, music, splash pad, and more; fireworks at dark visible from numerous points around the north end of Lake Lanier, 3100 Old Cleveland Hwy. $ 10 per car. Rain date Aug. 3. 

Don Carter State Park

5000 North Browning Bridge Rd, Gainesville

www.gastateparks.org/doncarter


Offering a beach, camping, fishing, kayak rentals, hiking trails and horseback riding trails. $5 parking fee.

No special activities this weekend. 

Kayak Shack (Longwood Park)
20 Pearl Nix Parkway, Gainesville • Website

Kayak/SUP rentals. Price: $20 1st Hour and $5 per 1/4 hour thereafter. Memberships now available on the "LINKA GO" App.

July 4 holiday festivities offer variety of celebrations 

Communities in and around Lake Lanier celebrate Independence Day with hometown fun that shows off their heritage. From greased pole climbing to running 5Ks, vintage music to patriotic pops, tractor parades to boat parades, the shorelines and headwater towns burst with an array of festivities. Here’s a look:

July 3

Patriotic Pops Concert, Gainesville. Northwind Symphonic Band performs annual patriotic concert on the lawn, gates open 7 p.m., music starts 8 p.m. July 3, Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Sprint St. SW. Bring lawn chairs, picnic; food truck available. $25 individual, $35 per ticket reserve table for 8. www.theartscouncil.net.

July 4

Run,White & Blue 10K/Fun Run/5K, Cumming. 7:45/8/8:30 a.m. July 4, Halcyon, 6365 Halcyon Way. $25-$45. www.runnersfit.com.

Laurel Park Celebration, Gainesville. American Legion - Paul E. Bolding Post 7 presents an all-day Fourth of July cele- bration. Gates open at 9 a.m. with food vendors, kid’s activities, music, splash pad, and more; fireworks at dark visible from numerous points around the north end of Lake Lanier, 3100 Old Cleveland Hwy. $ 10 per car. Rain date Aug. 3.

Old Fashioned Celebration, Blairsville. 7 a.m. 5K/1-mile fun run, 9:30 a.m. flag raising ceremony, followed by bicycle parade, pedal boat races, greased pole climbing, watermelon eating contest and other family activities at one of the nation’s oldest state parks, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. July 4, Vogel State Park, 405 Vogel State Park Rd. 5K /fun run $20, $5 parking. www.gastateparks.org, 706 745-2628.

67th annual Thomas Mashburn Steam Engine Parade/Independence Day Celebration, Cumming. Parade with sports teams, dance academies, antique cars, tractors and steam engines on Tribble Gap Road from Forsyth Central High School to Cumming Fairgrounds. 10 a.m.-noon July 4; Independence Day Celebration with children’s activities, food, vendors, live music, adult beverages, and more 4-10 p.m., fireworks 9:30 p.m. Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Rd. www.cummingfair.net.

Celebrate the 4th, Braselton. Food, music, parade, fireworks; food trucks/family activities, 5 p.m., parade on Ga. 53 begins at 6 p.m., live music 6:30-9:30 p.m.; fireworks between 9-9:30 p.m., July 4, Town Green, 9924 Davis St.

www.explorebraselton.com.

Red, White & Blairsville. Food trucks, bounce houses, and fireworks, 7:30-10 p.m. July 4, Meeks Park, 11 Pool Lane. www.visitblairsvillega.com.

Fireworks at the Fairgrounds, Hiawassee. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds annual blast in the mountains with live 60s- 70s music with Vintage Vixens, 6-8 p.m., fireworks 9:45 p.m. July 4, 1311 Music Hall Rd.

www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com.

Parade and Celebration, Dahlonega. Firecracker 5K, car show, patriotic parade, free concerts in Hancock Park, food trucks, reading of Declaration of Independence, DJ and fireworks show on University of North Georgia drill field at dusk, July 4. www.dahlonegadda.org.

Annual Fireworks at Dusk, Helen. Bring lawn chairs and blankets, view fireworks from Alpine Village Shoppes and Helen Welcome Center. Arrive before 9 p.m. July 4, 1074 Edelweiss Strasse. 706 878-2181, www.helenga.org.

July 6

• 1st Annual Lanier Music on the Water Festival, Gainesville. Benefitting the Lake Lanier Emergency Dive Response Team. Hosted by Steve & Shea West & Joe Courson. 2-11 p.m. 9030 Hawks Cove Road.

July Evening of Fun, Mountain City. Line dancing, snacks & old fashioned games to celebrate Independence Day, 4-6 p.m. Black Rock Mountain State Park, 3085 Black Rock Mountain Pkwy. $5 parking. 706-745-2141, www.gastateparks.org.

Red, White & Boat, Gainesville. Celebration at marina for tenants only, July 6; 9 p.m. fireworks visible from various points on the lake, Gainesville Marina, 2145 Dawsonville Hwy. 

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