|4th of July Family Celebration & Firecracker 5k/10k|
Join us on July 6, 2013 to celebrate Indepence Day family-style in Dahlonega on the historic town square. Do you remember being a child and what the 4th of July meant –hot dogs, watermelon, parades, flags waving and fun with family and friends while you waited until it got dark enough for the fireworks? Then you sat watching the skies with anticipation as you heard the swoosh of the rocket and the ooohs and ahhhs at the burst of light and sparkles.
Because of the 4th of July Family Day Celebration that is what still happens in Dahlonega. The day is filled with fun activities – a fun 5k and 10k race, a pet parade, a Patriotic Ceremony on the lawn of the Gold Museum, a watermelon cutting by The Dahlonega Nugget, an antique auto show, and musicians filling the square with diverse sounds of bluegrass, folk and country music. The Independence Day Parade through the historic square begins around 5pm and ends just in time to find a spot on the nearby drill field of the University of North Georgia to await the fireworks.
What a great way to celebrate our nation’s birthday!
Schedule of Events
Thursday, July 4th
7:30 am – Dahlonega Firecracker 5k / 10k Start (Registration at 6:30 am)
9:00 am - Fun Run Start, Located Near the University of North Georgia Drill Field
Saturday, July 6th
8:30 am – 8:55 am– Registration for “Pups & Patriots” in Hancock Park Pavilion
9:00 am – 10:00 am – Patriotic Costume Contest To Benefit PAWS Spay/Neuter and Dahlonega Dog Park
10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Tour the 1884 Old Jail Museum, Located on Enota Drive, between Downtown and the Gold City Classic Car Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm – Community Service Corner on Historic Downtown Square
10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Gold City Classic Car Club Show, Located at Courthouse Hill on East Main Street Canceled
12:00 pm – Patriotic Ceremony on the West Lawn of the Gold Museum, Mayor Gary McCullough, Master of Ceremonies, Major Mike Ramsey, Keynote Speaker
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Kids Fun Zone in Hancock Park, Inflatables, Games, Home Depot Workshop
2:00 pm – Old Fashioned Watermelon Eating Contest, Sponsored by the Dahlonega Nugget, Dahlonega Wal-Mart and PR Threadworks, Free Watermelon Slices to the public in Hancock Park following contest
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Enjoy Live Music and Entertainment with the Appalachian Jam, Located on the Dahlonega Gold Museum Lawn
5:00 pm – Independence Day Parade in Downtown Dahlonega
6:00pm – Entrance Opens at Star Spangled Picnic on the UNG Plaza – Picnic Served at 7:30pm, Tickets may be purchased at the Visitor Center – Downtown Dahlonega, limited seating
6:00 pm – 9:00pm – Hot Dogs, BBQ, Chips & Beverages for Sale on the University of North Georgia Drill Field
6:00 pm – Dark – Music & Entertainment on the University of North Georgia Drill Field – Concert by Kurt Thomas Band, Home Depot Grill Raffle Winner Announced!
At Dark – Spectacular Fireworks Display from the University of North Georgia Campus, presented by the Chamber of Commerce Community Committee
Be sure to visit dahlonega.org for more information and details as they come.
Dinner & Fireworks - Best Seats in Dahlonega! - Saturday, July 6th
Enjoy dinner and fireworks from the Plaza at the University of North Georgia with your friends and family. Your choice of gourmet sandwich meal or fried chicken meal. $50 per guest. Reserve a table of 8 for $400 or a table of 10 for $500. Limited seating. Purchase tickets at the Visitors Center, 13 South Park Street, Dahlonega, (706) 864-3711. All proceeds go directly to fund the 4th of July events.
Run through the entire town of Dahlonega, and experience a 4th of July Celebration right out of a Norman Rockwell painting.
Fees - 5K/10K...$30, Fun Run...$15
Event Beneficiary - All proceeds from the event go to fund the Fireworks display that evening.
Event Overview - After you finish the race, we're going to start the party early. You can bring the entire family to cheer you on, or let them participate too. There's a 10K, 5K, and a Fun Run for the kids. We'll have games and booths at the finish for you to enjoy until the rest of the City get's their activities going: Car show, parade, tons of activities, and an amazing fireworks display to finish the night.
New for 2013 - Technical shirt, Modified courses with more volunteers, more after race festivities, and Course entertainment.
Event Schedule - Wednesday July 3...Early packet pickup at Dahlonega Chamber of Commerce 11:00 am - 6:00 pm. Thursday July 4...6:30 am packet pick up; 7:30 am 5k/10k start; 9:00 am Fun Run Starts
Awards - Awards in both races...Overall Male & Female, Overall Masters (40+) Male & Female, 5 year age groups starting at 10 & under through 65+. Top 3 finishers in Fun Run receive awards.
T-shirt & Goodies - All participants registered by 6/25 are guaranteed your size Technical shirt. Women can order a Women's Cut shirt. All registrations afterwards will receive a unisex shirt while supplies last. We'll also have some great goodies and finisher souvenirs.
Fun Run - The Fun Run will be for kids of all ages...it's non timed, and all registered participants will receive a t-shirt and the same finish line goodies as the 5k & 10k. If you want to run with your kids, your welcome to do so, but no shirt or goodies unless you register.
Late Registration & Day of Registration - Late registrations are welcome, shirts will be 1st come 1st serve. Registrations on July 3rd or 4th will be $5 additional.
Event Cap - All races combined will be capped at 500...REGISTER EARLY!
Additional Information - After the race, stick around for a wonderful day in the North Georgia Mountains, and festival that lasts through the last firework that night.
Dahlonega's 4th of July Parade - Saturday, July 6th
Walking Groups, Marching Groups, Marching Bands, Character Groups (clowns, dancers, etc.), Vintage Automobiles, Scouting Groups, Church Groups, Civic Organizations, & More.
Entry fee: $20 per group
Parade Application Deadline: July 1st
Non-Profit Vendor Booths - Saturday, July 6th
Sponsorships Still Available!