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July 4 events around Henry County

 

  Henry County will have a variety of activities to take part in for July 4. Starting at 1 p.m., Nash Farm will open the gates to its Fourth of July Extravaganza, an annual occasion with multiple attractions and fireworks for the whole family to enjoy. This year the event is sponsored by the Willett Foundation, a charitable organization that partners with nonprofits to assist them with building sustainable events to help them financially, according to Adam Stanfield, the foundation’s director.

Visitors settle in and prepare for the fireworks show to begin at Nash Farm last year.                                Photo by Nick Vassy

  The Extravaganza is a daylong celebration that will be expanding to add a few new features this year. Three bands will provide live entertainment throughout the day. There will be a bingo tournament, a car, bike, truck and tractor show, a zip line, pony rides and inflatables for the kids, and multiple food vendors. There will also be a Jail House Saloon selling beer by the Sound Garden. At the end of the night, fireworks are set to begin at approximately 9:50 p.m. After the show, there will be a Willett Honda South Big Bang Movie for guests to watch and relax.

  Stanfield said the event typically attracts around 6,000 people, but he sees the potential to grow. “Ultimately, I think we could grow it to a 20,000-person event,” said Stanfield. “Our whole intent is to bring quality events to the southern crescent.” With Atlanta providing a popular location for families to visit on July 4, Stanfield said the goal is to keep local residents in the area and put together an event that will draw in guests from all over the region.

  The Fourth of July Extravaganza costs $5 per person, or visitors can pay $20 per vehicle with a maximum of six people.

  The annual Firecracker 5K/10K begins at 8 a.m. Thursday morning at Nash Farm. A one-mile walk and Tot Trot is also available for participants. Registration is still ongoing at beta.active.com/hampton-ga/running/firecracker-5k10k-for-henry-county-special-olympics-2013.

  Atlanta Motor Speedway is hosting the Papa John’s Pizza Fireworks Extravaganza at on July 4 at Thursday Thunder. After the racing program that night, a fireworks display will be viewable from the speedway’s grandstand. Throughout the night there will be activities like trivia, face painting, root beer chugging contests and more. Admission costs $6 for adults and $2 for children between the ages of 6 to 11. Kids 5 and under get in free.

  The Hampton July 4 Celebration will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at McBrayer Park. It includes inflatables, games, a live DJ and a watermelon-eating contest. The city is also providing lunch.

 

 

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