There are a number of events and activities available for those in a patriotic mood for the Fourth of July or who just want to get out and have a good time.

• In Murray County, Fort Mountain State Park is hosting several activities for children. Today at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. there will be live snake demonstrations. At 4 p.m., kids can learn about fishing.

On Monday at 11 a.m., kids can see a U.S. Forest Service fire truck. At 3 p.m., they can learn about Native American artifacts and make wooden necklaces.

On Tuesday at 11 a.m., kids can take a short hike to look for “critters.” At 3 p.m., games are scheduled.

Parents are encouraged to attend all events. For more information, call (706) 695-2621.

• Before you fire up the grill on the Fourth of July, check out TWA’s special show Monday night called “Red, White and Bruised.” Bell time is 8.

Tickets are $4. TWA is offering free admission to all veterans and current members of the military. The TWA arena is off Reed Road in north Whitfield County, about three miles from the bypass.

• In Chattanooga, a patriotic concert titled “Pops on the River” will take place on Monday at 8 p.m. at Coolidge Park downtown. The Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra will perform and the event is free. At 9:45 p.m., there will be a fireworks display over the river. For more information, call (423) 265-0771.

• On Tuesday, the Dalton Parks and Recreation Department is hosting its annual Independence Day Celebration. Most of the activities will be at Heritage Point, while the horseshoe tournament and the pool opening will be at James Brown Park.

James Brown Park

• 8 a.m. Horseshoe tournament begins. Registration is Tuesday. The pits are located behind the pool. Trophies will be awarded to the champion in each division.

• 2 to 7 p.m. The pool will be open to the public.

Heritage Point Park

9 a.m. Gates open. Registration for Little Miss Recreation, men’s and women’s home run derbies, eating contest and other activities will be held at the registration/information booth.

10 a.m. Men’s Legends Softball Game on field 2. Shirts and hats will be provided to both teams. The game is open to all men 40 and over.

10 a.m. Girls fast pitch games will be on fields 3, 4 and 5.

12:30 p.m. (men’s) and 1:30 p.m. (women’s) home run derbies. Home run derbies will be non-cumulative contests with the top players advancing. Each batter will have 10 swings in the first round and five swings in the second and championship rounds. Players need to bring their own bats and furnish their own pitcher, while balls will be provided. Trophies will be awarded to champions in each division.

2 to 3:30 p.m. Little Miss Recreation Pageant. Registration will be from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The pageant is open to girls ages 5 to 12. Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third place.

4 to 9 p.m. Carnival at the Point. Activities and attractions include ring toss, miniature golf, rock climbing wall, giant slide, dunking booth, moon bounce, soccer, Mindy the Clown and more. Tokens and daily passes for the games will be available for purchase.

New this year is the eating contest, which will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. There is a $5 entry fee, and the contests — hamburger and dessert divisions — are limited to the first 10 people age 18 and over to register. Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded to the champions.

Music schedule

3:45 to 4:15 p.m. Ballet Folklore of Dalton

4:15 to 6:15 p.m. Freedom-Fest Talent Contest

6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Chris Dee, Cory Sims and Jeffery Hawes

7:45 to 8:15 p.m. Adrenaline Drop Band

8:30 to 9:45 p.m. Cross Plains


The fireworks are scheduled for 9:45 to 10:15 p.m. Music will be provided by Sweet Southern Enterprises.

• In Calhoun, the “July Fourth Star Spangled Celebration” will be held at the Northwest Georgia Regional Fairgrounds from 6 to 10 p.m. Entertainment and food will be available. For more information, call (706) 625-3200.

Also in Calhoun, there will be a celebration on Fairmount Square Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be food, music and games. For more information, call (706) 337-5572.

• In Hiawassee, an Independence Day boat parade is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Boats will line up in Nantahala Bay and begin traveling at 5:30 p.m. to Lake Chatuge. When they reach the lake, they will pull into Ridge’s Resort, which is hosting family events and food. At 9:45 p.m. there will be a fireworks display from the resort. For more information, call (706) 896-4966.

• On Friday, the Creative Arts Guild’s Gallery 111 in downtown Dalton is hosting its annual multi-artist Flag Show, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. This is the second year the event has been held.

“The idea is to get a group of artists to portray the American Flag in a positive light,” said Waldo Vinces, gallery director at the Creative Arts Guild. “We use the talent of the artists to honor the American flag in creative ways.” For more information about the flag show, call (706) 259-4371.

• The Westside Church of God in Rocky Face will host a free community-wide cookout and fireworks show on Friday at 7 p.m. The church is at 538 LaFayette Road.

• In Fort Oglethorpe, “Patriotism at the Post” is scheduled for Saturday. There will be a performance by L’Abri Symphony Orchestra, living history demonstrations with cavalry horses, a flag display, tours of the Sixth Cavalry Museum from 4 to 8 p.m., and activities for children. The event will be at the Post at Barnhardt Circle. For more information, call (706) 861-2860.

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