36 places in the Chattanooga area to watch fireworks, celebrate July 4

With the Fourth of July falling on a Monday this year, you can count on celebrations to start in earnest in the weekend leading up to the official holiday. Communities throughout Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Northeast Alabama have scheduled fireworks, festivals and other family fun to commemorate Independence Day. Here's a look around the region. Be advised that some communities have listings for multiple events. Also, while all of the following events draw on patriotic themes, not all include fireworks.

THURSDAY, JUNE 30

Fort Payne, Alabama

The city of Fort Payne will start its annual Independence Day fireworks show at 8:45 p.m. CDT June 30 near the Sports Complex, 100 Alabama Ave. NW. There will be no related events at the complex due to ongoing renovations. fortpayne.org/events

FRIDAY, JULY 1

Dalton, Georgia

Pops in Burr Park, set for 6:30 p.m.