Thursday, July 2, 2009

This Weekend in Georgia

This Independence Day weekend there's lots to do in see in Georgia. Here are some of the highlights!

The Stone Mountain Laser Show Spectacular has been an Atlanta tradition for years, and this year's show is better than ever. The show features spectacular laser graphics, musical favorites like "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," and fireworks! It's all part of Stone Mountain's 42nd annual Fantastic Fourth Celebration, which runs from Friday, July 3 to Sunday, July 5. The park opens daily at 10 AM, with the laser and fireworks show each evening. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early. Admission is free with the purchase of a parking permit. For more information visit Stone Mountain's Fantastic Fourth Celebration website.

The Fourth of July always means great music, and this year internationally renowned trumpeter Phil Driscoll is presenting "Blast!," a fireworks and music extravaganza. Phil is teaming up with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra to perform memorable, toe-tapping, soul-stirring music that everyone can enjoy. It's all happening Friday, July 3 at 8 PM at Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro. Visit the Oconee Performing Arts Society website for more information and tickets.

For those of you who are unable to travel or are just planning on spending the Fourth of July weekend at home with friends and family, never fear! There's still plenty to see and hear. Georgia Public Broadcasting Television will again be broadcasting "A Capitol Fourth" live from Washington, DC. This annual program will be hosted by Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actor Jimmy Smits, and will feature such musical greats as the National Symphony Orchestra, Barry Manilow, Aretha Franklin, Natasha Bedingfield, the Jersey Boys, classical pianist Andrew von Oeyen, and Michael Feinstein. The Sesame Street Muppets will also be on-hand to perform and sing! The live HD broadcast will begin at 8 PM on Saturday, July 4. It's available for free to every television viewer in the State of Georgia over GPB's network of nine television stations. For more information visit GPB's A Capitol Fourth website.

"On the road most everyday..."
If you do happen to be traveling this Fourth of July weekend, you've got something in common with the Georgia Traveler team! Crews will be visiting two events on Saturday, July 4: the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, and the Sunflower Festival in Rutledge. If you see us around, don't forget to say hello! And please remember to travel safely this weekend.

And those are just a few of the great ways to explore Georgia this weekend. For more information, check out the Explore Georgia website operated by Georgia Traveler's production partners at the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

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