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(Braselton) An array of festivities in downtown Braselton is planned for the “Celebrate July 4th” holiday. Food vendors will line the perimeter of Town Green in the heart of the historic downtown. Families are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to enjoy the patriotic atmosphere. Local favorite Moby Dick will perform from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM presenting family-friendly music. The traditional parade will begin at 6:00 PM beginning at the Braselton Tech Center and travel through downtown. A fireworks extravaganza will cap the evening. Groups interested in joining the parade must pre-register at www.DowntownBraselton.com. There is no entry fee for the parade. “It’s a celebration of America,” says festival organizer Jennifer Scott. “And it’s a great family atmosphere to enjoy in our beautiful downtown.” Additional information, including frequently asked event questions, is available at Facebook.com/DowntownBraselton. Photo, left to right: Councilwomen Becky Richardson and Peggy Slappey, Police Chief Terry Esco, Officer Josh Lindsay, Sgt. Steven Folkers, Mayor Bill Orr and Councilmen Tony Funari and Hardy Johnson. Braselton honors police with Life Saving awards. (Braselton) Three Braselton police officers were honored for lifesaving awards by Police Chief Terry Esco at the Mayor and Council Work Session. Sgt. Steven Folkers, Officer Josh Lindsay and Sgt. Christopher Earls entered a burning home in the Mulberry Park subdivision in May and rescued a sleeping homeowner and his dogs. With poor visibility due to heavy smoke, the entire house was cleared of occupants saving their lives. Presenting the awards, Braselton Mayor Bill Orr said, “We honor them for heroic actions which we deeply appreciate. In this instance of heroism, lives were saved because of the quick action and bravery of these outstanding officers.” Folkers and Lindsay accepted the lifesaving certificates; Earls was unable to attend the ceremony.