Athens will host drive-in Fourth of July fireworks show

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A Georgia “classic” will return this Fourth of July with a slight modification due to the continued presence of the coronavirus.

The Star Spangled Classic, a celebrated fireworks display in Athens, will take place Friday, July 3. It will light the evening sky, and citizens are invited to view the display from a drive-in view from their cars, according to a Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County news release.

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“In the midst of this unprecedented time, we are excited to provide this opportunity for the community to safely celebrate Independence Day in a unique way,” Kent Kilpatrick, leisure services department director, said in a statement. “Our staff has worked to determine a launch location that will allow for outstanding viewing and social distancing. I look forward to continuing the tradition of the Star Spangled Classic.”

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Credit: Via Athens-Clark County website

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Credit: Via Athens-Clark County website

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Credit: Via Athens-Clark County website

Credit: Via Athens-Clark County website

The fireworks display will be launched about 9:30 p.m. July  3 from Athens Ben Epps Airport.
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What to know about parking and safety:

There will be limited parking at the airport and Satterfield Park. Residents are encouraged to enjoy a windshield view of the celebratory display safely from their cars at the vantage point of their choosing.

All spectators must respect private property when choosing their location for “windshield viewing” from their cars.

Motorists can also tune in to Bulldog 93.3 for traffic updates.

The event is sponsored by The Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County and Bulldog 93.3.

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