Hi Friends! Ready for some fun on the 4th of July? I know, I’m being silly! I am not in the ATL this fourth, as I will be on a girls weekend, but, I thought it was only fair that I tell YOU where to go and what fun activities are happening around town.
So, enjoy, be careful this holiday and watch tons of fireworks! Celebrate America’s independence this weekend with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race or check out one of the many festivals and fireworks displays in and around the metro area.
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Decatur’s Pied Piper Parade. The parade ends with a family-friendly event downtown on the square where all can settle-in and enjoy a fireworks show. Parade lineup at 5:30 p.m. July 4 at First Baptist Church of Decatur. The parade starts at 6 p.m. The concert starts at 7 p.m. and the fireworks begin after dark. www.visitdecaturgeorgia.com.
Chamblee 4th of July Celebration. Includes a bike parade, mini train rides, cornhole tournament, live music, food and fireworks. 5-10 p.m. July 4. Keswick Park, 3496 Keswick Dr, Chamblee. www.chambleega.com.
Fourth in the Park Celebration on Marietta Square. Parade begins at 10 a.m. July 4 at Roswell Street Baptist Church and travels west on Roswell Street, north on East Park Square past Glover Park and the Square, down Cherokee Street and ends at North Marietta Parkway. There will be an arts and crafts show, free concerts, games and a fireworks show. www.mariettaga.gov.
4th of July Celebration at Centennial Olympic Park. Gates open at 6 p.m. July 4. J-Fly and other bands will perform. Fireworks begin around 9:45 p.m. Free. This year, Lenox Square is partnering with the park for its 4th of July celebration. So, while Lenox will still host the AJC Peachtree Road Race, there will be no fireworks at Lenox Square. We bet the show at Centennial will be bigger than ever. Centennial Olympic Park, 265 Park Ave, West N.W., Atlanta. centennialpark.com.
Celebration at Stone Mountain Park. Attractions 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Lasershow and fireworks 9:30 p.m. July 1-4. Yes, there will be a Lasershow and fireworks each night. $15 daily parking. Adventure Pass: $28.95 for adults and $26.95 for children when purchased online. Lasershow and fireworks are free. Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Dr, Stone Mountain. 770-498-5690, stonemountainpark.com.
Coca-Cola July 4th Fest at Six Flags Over Georgia. 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. July 2-4. $50.99-$52.99 when purchased online. More at the gate. Clck the link below for special admission info. Six Flags Over Georgia, 275 Riverside Pkwy, Austell. 770-948-9290, www.sixflags.com/overgeorgia.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race. This is the 48th year for our city’s famous 10k, drawing thousands of participants, volunteers and spectators to Atlanta. The course runs from Buckhead to Piedmont Park, with wheelchair racers starting at 6:43 a.m. and the main start at 7:30 a.m. in waves of racers. For more info, go to ajc.com/peachtree.
Fourth of July events of note:
Fireworks over Atlanta as seen from the upper deck of Turner Field July 3, 2003. Brant Sanderlin
Atlanta Braves and Gwinnett Braves fireworks. The Atlanta Braves will have fireworks at SunTrust Park Tuesday, July 4 following the game with the Houston Astros. The Gwinnett Braves will have fireworks at Coolray Field on July 4 following their game against the Norfolk Tides.
East Point Salute to the Red, White & Blue. 3-11 p.m. July 4. Fireworks start around 9:30 p.m. Free. Carnival rides (June 30-July 4) cost extra. Downtown Commons, 2757 East Point St., East Point. downtowneastpoint.com.
Lenox Square. This year, Lenox Square is partnering with Centennial Olympic Park for its 4th of July celebration. So, while Lenox will still host the AJC Peachtree Road Race, there will be no fireworks at Lenox Square. Lenox Square, 3393 Peachtree Rd. N.E., Atlanta. 404-233-6767, simon.com/mall/lenox-square.
Barrington Hall’s 3rd annual “BBQ & Bluegrass.” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 4. Free. Barbecue, beverages and desserts will be available for purchase. Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell, 770-640-3855, www.roswellgov.com.
Annual Roswell Fireworks Extravaganza. 5:30 p.m.-around 10 p.m. Kids zone, food trucks, live music and fireworks around 9:30 p.m. Front lawn of Roswell High School. 11595 King Road, Roswell. www.roswellgov.com.
Alpharetta 4th of July Fireworks: 6-9:30 p.m. Lots of stuff for kids to do, food, music, and fireworks around 9-9:30 p.m. Wills Park, 1825 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta, 678-297-6130. www.awesomealpharetta.com.
Red, White & Brew. 6:30-10 p.m. July 1. $65 for non-members. $50 for members. Tickets include, beer, BBQ, aquarium admission and music. Oceans Ballroom, Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker St N.W., Atlanta. www.georgiaaquarium.org.
4th of July Fireworks Hike. 8-10:30 p.m. July 2. $20; $5 parking. Watch Stone Mountain’s fireworks from the top of Panola Mountain (Stone Mountain will have a fireworks show each night July 1-4). Panola Mountain State Park, 2600 Ga. 155 S.W., Stockbridge. 770-389-7801, gastateparks.org/info/panolamt.
July 4th Beach Party Callaway Gardens. July 1-4. The FSU Flying High Circus will perform at 3:30 p.m. Live music starts at 5 p.m. July 1-3, 6 p.m. on July 4. No fireworks on July 2-3. Fireworks will take place at 9:30 p.m. Day admission is $25-30 for those ages 13 and older, $15 for children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger. Callaway Gardens, US Highway 27, Pine Mountain. 1-800-Callaway, www.callawaygardens.com.