Give us liberty..., fireworks, and fun! America's birthday is coming up, and if you are anything like us, then you are ready to celebrate. From morning through night, there is no shortage of Independence Day fun for you and the family to get into. Let's party like it's 1776! We the party people are here to give you some of the best places to find fireworks and fun around Atlanta.
Dunwoody 4th of July Parade
Love a parade? Who doesn't?! Come out to Dunwoody for the largest 4th of July parade in Georgia to see marching bands, floats, clowns, local celebrities, and more! The parade starts at 9 a.m. and is a two-mile route that starts at the intersection of Mount Vernon and Jett Ferry Road and proceeds west to Dunwoody Village near Village Burger. The procession typically takes about an hour and is followed by post-parade activities including food and entertainment, awards for best floats, antique cars, military vehicles, animal units, musical groups, themed characters and cheerleading teams. Last year the parade attracted over 2,500 participants and 32,000 spectators. Watch the video below to see more about what makes this parade so special:
Peachtree Road Race
Held annually on the 4th of July, the Peachtree Road Race is the largest running event in the U.S. and the world's largest 10K. Celebrating its 50th year, the Peachtree Road Race is projected to have 60,000 participants with runners and walkers as young as 10 years old. This Atlanta tradition starts in Buckhead near Lenox Square Mall and ends in Piedmont Park. The race will begin in waves starting at 6:45 a.m. and will be televised on the NBC Sports Network, with live coverage from local news and radio stations as well. Spectators can also watch from the sidelines at various mile markers to cheer on runners and walkers.
Stars and Stripes Celebration in Sandy Springs
Have an intimate evening under the stars as the skies above the King and Queen buildings in Sandy Springs light up with fireworks! Pack a picnic and blanket and plan to sway along to live music while enjoying the light show. This event takes place on the Concourse Corporate Center lawn. Live music will start at 7:30 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:45 p.m.
From Sea to Shining Sea
Red, White, & Brews (and beluga whales, too!) For just $65, you can have unlimited samples of local and national brews, live music, a classic BBQ dinner provided by Wolfgang Puck Catering, and a gorgeous view of over 500 aquatic species in the Ocean's Ballroom! To cap things off, all guests are invited to the top floor of the Aquarium's parking deck for a spectacular view of the Atlanta skyline and Centennial Olympic Park's Fourth of July fireworks celebration!
Centennial Olympic Park
Food trucks and fireworks - what more could you want? Come out early and grab a spot to campout for the largest fireworks show in the Southeast. Gates open at 7 p.m., so you'll have time to enjoy your family cookout during the day before ending your 4th of July with a bang - lots of them! Fireworks are set to start at 9:45 p.m. and admission is free!
Home of the Brave(s)
Celebrate America's birthday while enjoying America's favorite pastime! The Atlanta Braves will take on the Philadelphia Phillies during an Independence Day matchup. Buy yourself some peanuts and cracker jacks as you root, root, root for the home team. Afterwards, stay late to enjoy a fantastic fireworks display right there in Suntrust Park. The ol' ballgame starts at 7:20, with all festivities ending at midnight.
Every year, Stone Mountain Park puts together an amazing Fourth of July celebration worthy of all the rants and raves. It was voted "Best Place to See Fireworks in Atlanta" by the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, a "Must-See Fireworks Show" by USA Today, and one of Reader's Digests' picks for "America's Most Spectacular Fourth of July Fireworks." This year's event includes live entertainment like performances by Zuzu African Acrobats, their traditional Lasershow Spectacular, and a patriotic fireworks finale. The best part is that this experience is available before and beyond the Fourth of July. Buy attraction passes and see what all the hype is about from July 1-7!
May the Fourth Be With You
Georgia sure knows how to celebrate America and we do too. We've got enough fireworks and fun to last us through next year when we plan to do it all over again. Still can't get enough 4th of July? Check out our BBQ 'n Burgers blog for tips on where to find some classic American fare to go along with your freedom.