July 4th Celebrations, Fireworks and Activities in and around Forsyth County, GA 2017

July 4 fireworks in and around forsyth county, gaThe holiday weekend is near! Whether you want to travel near or far, there are many fun things to do to celebrate the 4th of July in and around Cumming, GA! As always with events, please check with the event organizers in the event of weather or any changes.

Saturday, July 1

9:45 pm – Ball Ground Fireworks – Ball Ground Main Street. Shop and dine and stay for the fireworks celebration!

Monday, July 3

6:00 pm – 11:00 pm – City of Cumming – Cumming Fairgrounds – July 4th Celebration at Cumming Fairgrounds. July 3rd Festivities: Dance Contest, Food Vendors & Children’s Activities from 6-11 PM, Dance Contest 8:30 PM, Fireworks 9:30 PM, FREE Admission and Parking.

6:30 pm – 10:15 pm – Sparks in the Park, EE Robinson Park, Level Creek Road, Sugar Hill. Celebrate with food, drinks, music, entertainment, inflatables and a fireworks show!

Tuesday, July 4

8:00 am – 5:00 pm – Dahlonega’s 4th of July Celebration – Hancock Park – Lots of events from a 5k, all american market and car show to a 4th of July Parade and much more!

10:00 am – July 4th Steam Engine Parade in Downtown Cumming. Starts in downtown Cumming and goes to the Cumming Fairgrounds.

10:00 am – 8th Annual Dutch Monkey Doughnuts Independence Day Doughnut Eating Competition. Contest starts at 11:00 am Free event, raising money for cancer research so bring $ for food and drinks.

10:00 am – 10:00 pm – Sparks in the Motorsports Park – Dawsonville, GA. Festivities : food vendors, crafts, music, activities for the family. Fireworks at 9pm. Tentative schedule: 10:00am AMP Karting is open, 3:30pm AMP general parking, 6-9:30pm Festivities: 7:30 parachuters/fly in, 9:00 Fireworks, 10:00 Exit and closure of AMP.

11:00 am – 2:00 pm – The Foster House Annual BBQ – We will be having our annual BBQ at The Foster House on Monday July 4th from 11-2. Walk on over from the parade and sit and eat on our patio or take some home!

5:00 pm – 11:30 pm – Mall of Georgia’s 15th Annual Star Spangled Fourth – Buford, GA. Food, a concert, kid zone, movie, fireworks and much more!


July 4th Celebration at Lanier Islands – July 1 – July 4 – celebrate with music, food, fireworks, waterslides and fun at this annual event at Lanier Islands.

City of Cumming July 4th Celebration and Steam Engine Parade 2017

july 4th parade cumming gaOne of our favorite events in Forsyth County, GA besides the Cumming Country Fair in October is the July 4th celebration at the Cumming Fairgrounds. It’s small town America at its best!

The City of Cumming has the BEST 4th of July Celebration around!! Our Independence Day Celebration begins on July 3rd from 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 pm with various vendors including food and drink, inflatables for kids, music, wonderful fireworks display along with an all-ages dance contest at 8:30 pm with fireworks following at 9:30 pm.

Bring your blanket, set out on the lawn and enjoy the festivities. There is no admission or parking fee for the July 3rd celebration!

On July 4th, come and enjoy the famous Steam Engine Parade beginning at 10:00 a.m. The Parade will include steam engines, antique tractors, antique cars and many other floats decorated in the spirit of the holiday. TIPS: It can be loud – you might want ear plugs for the littles. It can be hot, bring lots of water. Bring a bag to collect candy!

  • Monday, July 3rd @ Cumming Fairgrounds
  • 6:00pm  – 11:00 pm –  Vendors Open (Food, Children’s Activities, Dance Contest)
  • 9:30pm  –  Fireworks Show
  • FREE parking and admission
  • Tuesday, July 4th
  • 10:00am –  Parade Begins at downtown square
  • Parade Ends at Cumming Fairgrounds At Approximately 12:00 Noon

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for June 2 – June 4, 2017

weekend events in forsyth county gaThe first week of summer is officially in the books! Here is a roundup for weekend two of summer fun in and around Forsyth County, GA. As always, comment and share if you know of any other fun activities.

Atlanta Parent Magazine also lists 100 things to do with your kids this summer in Atlanta and it’s awesome! Dutch Monkey Doughnuts made the list in Forsyth County!

Friday, June 2

10:00am – 2:00pm / 2:30-6:30pm on Mondays – Saturdays – Cumming Aquatic Center is now open daily! Hours on Sundays are 1:00 – 6:00 pm.

10:00 AM – Cumming Library  American Red Cross – Blood Drive

10:00 AM – Hampton Park Library  Busy Builders

11:00 AM – Off Site (See Program Description for Details) Post Road and Sharon Forks Summer Reading Kick-Off Carnival

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Movies in the Park – Moana – Dawsonville, GA – War Hill Park, 4081 War Hill Park Road. Activities start at 6:00 pm, movie starts at dusk. Bounce house, vendors, games, concessions, prizes. Bring a blanket, towel or lawn chair! No pets.

Saturday, June 3

6:30 am – 10:30 am – Cumming Farmers Market is opening for the summer on Saturday, June 3 at the Cumming Fairgrounds parking lot on Castleberry Road in Cumming, GA. Please visit their Facebook page to get more information about locally produced vegetables, meat, baked goods, honey, soaps, flowers, art, woodworking and so much more! Open Saturdays and Wednesdays during the summer season.

10:00am – 2:00pm / 2:30-6:30pm on Mondays – Saturdays – Cumming Aquatic Center is now open daily! Hours on Sundays are 1:00 – 6:00 pm.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Make a flip book! Let the kids craft while you shop, and then they get to take their creativity home with them! Just $2 per 30-minute session – including supplies. Ages 3 & up welcome!

10:00 am – 7:00 pm – Old Atlanta Spray Pad opens for the season at Old Atlanta Park, 810 Nichols Road until September 4. Daily admission for the spray pad is $2 per person for 1-year-olds and up. Only cash or check is accepted. Adults entering with a paying child are free if they remain on the dry deck. Annual individual passes are available for $30, and annual family passes are available for $60.

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don’t! Story time – If you see a poster that says “You Can Do Anything at the Library!,” it is NOT giving you permission to put on a circus! But Magnolia doesn’t see any problem with setting up her own big top. She’s got a lot of gusto and one mean human cannonball routine. So what if her greatest show on Earth won’t fit between the bookshelves? Activities to follow.

1:00 PM – Post Road Library Sensory Storytime for Children with Special Needs

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Lambert Farmers Market. The farmers market will operate this season from May 27th to October 28th. We are excited to bring a variety of products from an array of vendors to this community! We hope that the Lambert Farmers Market will strengthen the bond between the locals in the area while increasing awareness of where their food comes from. This will be our first season, and we hope that there will be many more! The market will be held on the grounds of Lambert High School, 805 Nichols Rd, Suwanee, GA 30024. lambertfarmersmarket.com

Sunday, June 4

10:00am – 2:00pm / 2:30-6:30pm on Mondays – Saturdays – Cumming Aquatic Center is now open daily! Hours on Sundays are 1:00 – 6:00 pm.

Around Forsyth County

Saturday June 3 at 6:30 pm – Pete’s Dragon – Movies Under the Stars Summer Series at Mall of Georgia. As part of the summer series, local bands will take the stage at The Village Pavilion from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. and the feature film will shine on a 35-foot big screen at The Village Amphitheatre starting at dusk (around 9 p.m.). Guests can also enjoy a variety of fun games, jump time in bounce houses, summer snack concessions such as shaved ice and more. As always, shoppers are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to get cozy for the music and motion picture production!

North Point Mall Carnival – Come visit the carnival Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the parking lot between the Sears and JC Penney stores from 5 to 11 p.m. weekdays and 1 to 11 p.m. weekends. The carnival will have 18 to 20 rides, games, food and restroom facilities.

All Weekend

Pick strawberries at Warbington Farms! The 2017 strawberry season is in full swing!  Strawberry season usually runs till second week of June. Price is $14 (plus tax) for U-Pick and $16 (plus tax) for Pre-Picked. We provide the buckets and do not allow outside containers in the field. Please keep in mind that we do close the field for inclement weather. Berry picking is based on availability and we close the fields once the berries are picked out for the day.


The Collection Forsyth Free Summer Concert Series 2017

free summer concert series at the collection forsythFree outdoor concerts are fun for the entire family. Concerts at The Collection Forsyth is slated to start Thursday, June 8 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm through July 20. The concerts run every Thursday throughout the summer.

Bring a blanket and enjoy some great music from local artists while enjoying the outdoors. There are also kids activities starting at 6:00 pm and music from 7:00 – 9:00 pm so the whole family can have fun!


Free concerts, restaurant tastings, family activities and retail discounts

June 8 – July 20 

The Collection at Forsyth, Cumming’s premier outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment destination, will host its sixth annual summer concert series, which will occur every Thursday from June 8 – July 20, 2017. In honor of the event’s sixth anniversary, The Collection is expanding the festivities to include more concerts and family-friendly activities like scavenger hunts, face painting, food tastings, Pose & Post contest, Father’s Day celebration, giveaways and discounts at several participating stores and restaurants.

Concerts at The Collection will feature the following artists:

•       June 8 – Last Five Standing

•       June 15 – Adam Komesar

•       June 22 – Lance Price Band

•       June 29 – Lilac Wine

•       July 6 – Adam Komesar

•       July 13 – Cole Thannish

•       July 20 – James Patrick Morgan

Each concert evening will begin at 6 p.m. with children’s activities and restaurant sampling, and the live music will occur from 7 – 9 p.m. Listeners are invited to bring blankets or lawn chairs and relax in the center of The Collection, or enjoy the music while shopping or dining on one of The Collection at Forsyth’s restaurant patios.

The Collection will host its first “Restaurant Mix & Mingle” during the concert series this year. Participating restaurants will provide tastes and sips for listeners at the event. Attendees will enjoy samples from Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Grub Burger Bar, Marlow’s Tavern, Mellow Mushroom, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Tin Drum Asian Kitchen.

Attendees will have access to concert night specials at a selection of restaurants and retailers, including Chick-fil- A, Claire’s, Grub Burger Bar, Lavender Boutique, Marlow’s Tavern, Pure Barre, Springfree Trampoline and Tin Drum Asian Kitchen.

We’re proud to be a gathering place for the Forsyth community, and our annual summer concert series is a way for us to give back to our customers and celebrate the community spirit of Forsyth,” said Thomas Tropea, managing director of Core Property Capital.

The Collection at Forsyth is located at 410 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming, Georgia 30041. For more information, visit collectionforsyth.com.

About The Collection at Forsyth

The Collection at Forsyth is an outdoor lifestyle shopping destination in Cumming, Georgia. Owned and managed by Core Property Capital and Starwood Capital Group, The Collection at Forsyth features a variety of premier national retailers, restaurants and a movie theater, as well as specialty local stores and eateries. For more information, visit collectionforsyth.com, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.


Movies 400 Summer Kids Movie Schedule for 2017

movies 400 kids summer scheduleMovies 400’s KIDS SUMMER SERIES starts on May 30! Movies 400 is located at 415 Atlanta Rd
Cumming, Georgia, GA 30040.

This ten week daytime series of kid-friendly favorites is the perfect way to beat the heat, meet new friends and offers a true entertainment value.

Shows every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00 AM. Doors open at 9:00 AM. Parents and kids, community groups and camps are all welcome.

$4.00 for admission, kid popcorn, and kid drink. Donate a canned good (not expired, not dented)and pay only $2.00 for admission, kid popcorn, and kid drink!

The movie lineup includes:

May 30 & June 1 – Pets

June 6 & 8 – The Lorax

June 13 & 15 – Sing

June 20 & 22 – The Boxtrolls

June 27 & 29 – Curious George Show Me the Monkey!

July 4 & 6 – Alvin & The Chipmunks 3

July 11 & 13 – Kung Fu Panda 3

July 18 & 20 – The Peanuts Movie

July 25 & 27 – The Croods

August 1 & 3 – Trolls

Summer Reading Fun at the Forsyth County Public Library 2017

SUMMER READING FUN BEGINS FRIDAY AT LIBRARIESforsyth county ga summer reading program library

Prevent the “summer slide” and build a better world when you register to participate in Summer Reading Fun at the Forsyth County Public Library beginning this Friday, May 26.

Register to Read & Win Prizes

Registration for the Summer Reading Fun program will open on the library’s website on the last day of school. Library patrons can also visit their local branch to sign up during the library’s regular hours on Friday, and throughout the summer.

“We’re very grateful to the FCPL Friends and Advocates for their continued support of the summer reading program and their commitment to make sure that each child and teen who sets and reaches a summer reading goal will receive a prize book of their choosing,” says Program Manager Laura Bradley.

Bradley added that the Friends and Advocates also donated AMC movie gift baskets for teen readers and Apple iPad Mini tablets for adult readers in the grand prize raffles at each of the library’s four branches. Stars and Strikes Family Fun Center donated prize packages for the children’s grand prize raffles. All participants that set and reach their summer reading goal will be entered in the grand prize drawings.

Final Week of Outreach to Schools

This week also wraps up the library’s outreach program with schools in Forsyth County until the start of the 2017-2018 academic year.

“Our Youth Services team strives to visit local elementary schools and preschools throughout the year, but the weeks leading up to the launch of Summer Reading Fun are especially important,” says Bradley.

Members of the library’s Youth Services team visit classrooms and assembly events with puppet shows, skits, and storytime activities to help kids find the fun in reading and to get them excited about summer at the library. Students are encouraged to register for Summer Reading Fun to keep their literacy skills sharp over the summer months.

Library staff also visit local middle schools to talk with tweens and teens about summer activities at the library. Vikki Doerr, a Youth Specialist from the Post Road Library, visited DeSana Middle School last week.

“We set up a fun game of Plinko trivia in one of the busy hallways and passed out bookmarks with information about summer programs at the library for students their age. We heard lots of students talking about the programs they’re looking forward to, and we’re looking forward to seeing them in the library this summer,” said Doerr.

Kick-Off Carnivals

It’s become a tradition to begin the summer with a series of Summer Reading Kick-Off Carnivals, and this summer includes a special treat with feats of daring acrobatics from Cameron Tomele and Barely Balanced. Other kid-centric Carnival activities include games, crafts, balloon artists, and raffle prize drawings.

The Cumming Library will host its Kick-Off Carnival on Wednesday, May 31 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Hampton Park Library’s Carnival will be held on Thursday, June 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Post Road and Sharon Forks branches will host a combined Summer Reading Kick-Off Carnival on Friday, June 2 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. To accommodate the expected crowds, the event will be held at the Forsyth Conference Center, 3410 Ronald Reagan Blvd., Cumming.

Admission to each of the Summer Reading Kick-Off Carnivals is free and all ages are welcome to attend.

Summer Storytimes & Performances

The theme for this year’s summer reading program is “Build a Better World,” and each branch will present weekly storytimes for children ages 0 – 24 months, ages 2 – 5, and ages 4 – 8. Rising 3rd through 5th graders are invited to weekly Summer STEAM Team programs to conduct experiments, make art, and build models as they practice science, technology, engineering, art, and math skills.

Library branches will host dozens of theatrical performances, animal encounters, craft, and cultural programs for children, teens, and adults throughout the summer. Comedian and magician Ken Scott will return to the library for seven riotously funny finale performances at the end of July.

For more information, or to view a full schedule of events, please visit www.forsythpl.org.

Free Outdoor Movies in Cumming – 2017 Northside Hospital’s Movies in the Park™

free outdoor movie cumming ga summerNorthside Hospital’s Movies in the Park™ returns to Cumming, GA for a free summer outdoor movie series!

Northside Hospital’s Movies in the Park™ returns to Forsyth County with Atlanta’s only outdoor movie series that starts before dark. Movies will start at sundown (or earlier).  This isn’t just another outdoor movie series on a soccer field or football field – Movies in the Park is hosted in unique or historical locations.

The Chill Hill, the local ice cream shop, definitely falls into that category. Surrounded by local restaurants and shops in Vickery Village, everything’s in order for great family fun all summer long!  For more information visit: www.facebook.com/GaMoviesInThePark

May 30, 2017 – Finding Dory – Sundown 8:35 pm
June 13, 2017 – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them -Sundown 8:45 pm
June 27, 2017 – The Lego Batman Movie – Sundown 8:50 pm
July 11, 2017 – Sing – Sundown 8:45 pm
July 25, 2017 – Trolls – Sundown 8:35 pm

Start times are approximate. Movies may start earlier than advertised at this location. Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and blanket.

2017 cumming ga free outdoor movies summerPARKING
Park near the YMCA


Northside Hospital, Southern Outdoor Cinema, Covenant Christian Academy and The Chill Hill.

The Chill Hill at Vickery Village (off of Post Road)
5860 S Vickery Street
Cumming, GA 30040

Forsyth County Parks & Recreation Summer Camps Registration Opens April 1, 2017

forsyth county ga summer campsForsyth County Parks & Recreation Summer Camps Registration Opens April 1

The summer activity guide is now available for viewing at www.forsythco.com/parks

Forsyth County Parks & Recreation summer camps registration will begin April 1. This summer over 100 camp options for ages 3 to 18 will be offered including recreation day camps, sports camps, Safety Town, adventure camps and specialty camps.

Recreation Day Camps
These week-long day camps at Central Park, Fowler Park and Old Atlanta Park will provide a structured schedule of indoor and outdoor activities including games, art, fitness, special guests, weekly field trips and other fun theme-related activities. The camps will be held at the county recreation centers weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for ages 6 through 10. Extended hours are available for an additional cost. Camp themes include H20 Explosion, X-treme Science, Back Yard Olympics, Treasure Hunters, Stars and Stripes, and Camp Carnival.

The cost of each camp is $110. Central Park is located at 2300 Keith Bridge Road. Fowler Park is located at 4110 Carolene Way. Old Atlanta Park is located at 810 Nichols Road.

Sports Camps
A wide variety of sports camps for ages 3 to 18 will be offered this summer including baseball, basketball, cheerleading, gymnastics, football, lacrosse, softball, tennis, volleyball and wrestling. Learn new techniques or brush up on your skills. Sports camps are offered throughout the county at various parks and school locations.

Safety Town
Children ages 4 to 5 are invited to learn important safety tips in a fun way this summer with the week-long Safety Town camps. Topics covered during the five-day program include fire safety, water safety, car and bus safety, stranger danger, poison safety, gun safety and more. Children will also enjoy learning traffic safety while driving kid carts through the child-size “Safety Town Village.” This year’s Safety Town camps will be held at Sharon Springs Park, located at 1950 Sharon Road.

Safety Town camps will offered each week in June. Parents can select either a 9 a.m. to noon session or a 1 to 4 p.m. session. The cost is $85 per session.

Sawnee Mountain Preserve Camps
Youth ages 4 through 15 are invited to get adventurous this summer at Sawnee Mountain Preserve where they can participate in camps that focus on outdoor adventure and environmental education.

Some of the camp options this year are Little Explorers Camp, Wet and Wild Adventure Camp, Outdoor Adventure Camp, Climbing Camp, Whitewater Kayak Camp as well as nature and science camps. Sign up early as these programs fill up fast! The camp hours, cost and ages vary for the camps. Sawnee Mountain Preserve is located at 4075 Spot Road.

Specialty Camps
Is your child looking to learn something new this summer? Find out about these unique camp offerings: Some of the options include culinary arts camp, automotive camp, babysitter camp, etiquette camp, magic camp, archery camp and more! The camp hours, locations, cost and ages vary for these camps.

How to Register
Register online by visiting www.forysthco.com/parks or stop by in person at any of the county’s three recreation centers, located at Central Park, Fowler Park and Old Atlanta Park, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration will also be accepted via fax and mail.

Please note that costs listed are for Forsyth County residents. There is an additional charge for non-residents.

To view Parks & Recreation’s full summer 2017 Activity Guide, visit www.forsythco.com/parks. For more information about summer programs offered by Forsyth County Parks & Recreation, call (770) 781-2215.

Free Outdoor Movies in Cumming, GA for Summer 2016

georgia movies in the park cumming gaGeorgia Movies in the Park™ – Atlanta’s best family outdoor movie series returns to Vickery Village in Forsyth County / Cumming GA.

Presented by Northside Hospital, Chill Hill and Southern Outdoor.

Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, and bug spray.


2016 DATES
5/31 – Kung Fu Panda 3
6/14 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
6/28 -Alvin & The Chipmunks: Road Chip
7/12 – Mystery Movie
7/26 – Disney’s Zootopia

Movie start times are kid-friendly and begin at sundown not dark. This is Atlanta’s only outdoor movie series that starts before dark.

Park near the YMCA

The Chill Hill is located at
5860 South Vickery Street (off of Post Road)
Cumming GA 30040

The Collection Forsyth Summer Concert Series 2016

the collection forsyth thursday nightsFree outdoor concerts are fun for the entire family and Concerts at The Collection Forsyth is slated to start Thursday, June 9 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. The concerts run every other Thursday throughout the summer.

Bring a blanket and enjoy some great music from local artists while enjoying the outdoors. There are also kids activities and music from 7:00 – 9:00 pm so the whole family can have fun!

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