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Watch July 4th fireworks around the Atlanta area

Fireworks will light up the sky all over metro Atlanta on July 4th. Cities and towns, parks, malls and other venues usually do more than set off rockets, sparklers and firecrackers, though. Many also host live music, games and other activities to help you party the day and evening away.

Here’s your guide to some of the best shows and events in town, with something for everybody - and something near everybody. Most are free.  

Read carefully, some events are July 3 or 5.


City of Atlanta:

4th of July at Centennial Olympic Park. Gates open 6 p.m. July 4th. Fireworks begin about 9:40 p.m. Free. Centennial Olympic Park 265 Park Ave. W., Atlanta. www.centennialpark.com.

The "Georgia Salutes America" program and fireworks from Centennial Olympic Park will air on WSB-TV starting at 9 p.m.

The finale of the evening is Centennial Olympic Park’s Fireworks Spectacular, Atlanta’s best fireworks display synchronized to a special selection of patriotic and popular music.

For a full list of items prohibited at the park visit www.centennialpark.com

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race:

The 6.2 mile event kicks off the holiday with 60,000 runners making their way down Peachtree Street. Even if you don't have a race number, it's worth checking out.

GALLERY: Costumed characters fill the Peachtree Road Race

Atlanta Braves vs. Arizona Diamondbacks. Cheer on the Braves then stay around for the fireworks. 7:35 p.m. July 4th. Turner Field, 755 Hank Aaron Drive, Atlanta. 800-745-3000, www.Braves.com.

Lenox Square 4th of July. 10 a.m. July 4th. Fireworks at 9:40 p.m. Free. 3393 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-233-6767. www.simon.com/mall/lenox-square.

Red White & Brew. Watch the Centennial Olympic Park fireworks from the roof of the Georgia Aquarium. 6-10:30 p.m. July 4th. $55 ($45 for members), 21 and older only.  225 Baker St., Atlanta. 404-581-4000. www.georgiaaquarium.org.


Around the area:

  • Acworth's 4th of July concert and fireworks. Concert begins at 5:30 p.m. Fireworks at dusk (9:30). Free. www.acworth.com/fourth-of-july-celebration/  
  • Alpharetta’s July 4th Fireworks and Festivities. Celebrate Independence Day with family and friends at Wills Park. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m.,  behind the Alpharetta Community Center. Fireworks begin at dusk. Wills Park 1825 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta, 678-297-6133, www.alpharetta.ga.us.
  • Athens - Independence Day Celebration - July 4. Festivities begin at 2:00 p.m. with fireworks starting at dark at the Georgia Square Mall. http://athensclarkecounty.com
  • Auburn July 4th Festival & Fireworks. 5 to 11 p.m. July 4th. 1369 Fourth Ave., Auburn. www.cityofauburn-ga.org.
  • Austell - Six Flags Over Georgia. Thrilling rides and attractions, fun games and fireworks show. Guests who arrive 7/4-7/6 with a Coca-Cola can, can get in an hour early. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. on all three nights.
  • Braselton - Celebrate Braselton Festival - Star Spangled 5k/Fun Run at 8 a.m. Celebrate Braselton Festival 4pm-10pm. Parade at 6pm, Fireworks at Dusk. Braselton Park - braselton.net
  • Buford - Mall of Georgia 12th annual Fabulous Fourth. Kids Zone opens 5 p.m. July 4th for games, water balloon toss.  Fireworks begin at dusk. Free. Post-fireworks screening of “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (rated PG-13). Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Drive, Buford. 678-482-8788, www.mallofgeorgia.com.
  • Calhoun  - The Star Spangled Celebration opens at 5 pm. Fireworks at 10 p.m. www.northwestgeorgiaregionalfair.com
  • Canton - July 4th First Friday - Historic Downtown Canton. Festivities start at 3:00 p.m. Fireworks start at dusk.
  • Carrollton People's Parade. 9:30 a.m. July 4th. The parade begins at Dairy Queen on US Hwy 27 South. Fireworks at 9:15 - Carrollton City Schools Complex. www.visitcarrollton.com.
  • Cartersville - Stars, Stripes and Cartersville - July 4. Parade at 9 a.m. on Main Street. Concert 8-9:30 p.m. followed by fireworks at Dellinger Park. 100 Pine Grove Rd, Cartersville GA 30120 visitcartersvillega.org
  • Clayton County - 4th of July at "The Beach" - July 4 - Event from 1-7 p.m. Fireworks at dusk. $10 per person. www.claytonparks.com
  • Chamblee Fourth of July Celebration. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. July 4th. Free. Keswick Park, 3496 Keswick Drive, Chamblee. 770-986-5016, www.chambleega.com.
  • Covington - Independence in the Park Music Fest - Downtown Covington Square. www.downtowncovington.org
  • Cumming's July Fourth Celebration. Fireworks July 3rd at 9:30 p.m. Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road, Cumming. Steam Engine Parade July 4th at 10:00 a.m. - Downtown square. www.cummingfair.net.
  • Dahlonega - Celebrate Independence Day in Dahlonega, Georgia on July 4th. Downtown Dahlonega & UNG Drill Field www.dahlonega.org
  • Dalton - 4th of July Celebration -July 4th. Festivities begin at 2:00 p.m. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. at Heritage Point Park. 1275 Cross Plains Trail, Dalton, Georgia. mydprd.com
  • Decatur’s July 4th Pied Piper Parade. Decorate your wagon, ride your bike, skate or walk in this parade. Fireworks begin at dark July 4th. Parade begins at 6 p.m. and ends at the Community Bandstand on the square, with a concert by the Callanwolde Concert Band at 7 p.m. Free. 404-371-8386, www.visitdecaturgeorgia.com.
  • Douglasville - July 4th Celebration - July 4th. Parade begins at 10:00 a.m. Fireworks will start at dusk. Fireworks can be viewed from Arbor Place mall front parking lot. http://douglasvillecalendar.com/
  • Duluth Celebrates America. July 3rd Celebration - Duluth Town Green. July 3rd from 6-9 p.m. www.duluth-ga.com.
  • East Point Hometown Celebration. Saturday July 5th from  5-11 p.m. across from East Point MARTA station.  404-270-7059, www.downtowneastpoint.com.
  • Ellijay - Star Spangled Beach Party. Celebration scheduled for July 4th. Parade starts at 6 p.m.  facebook.com/theellijays
  • Flowery Branch - Sterling on the Lake - July 5th. Music at 5:30 p.m., Fireworks at dusk. $15 per car for non-residents.
  • Gwinnett County - Gwinnett Braves vs. Durham Bulls. Friday July 4. Fireworks extravaganza immediately after game. gwinnettbraves.com  
  • Griffin - Independce Day Celebration - July 4th. Festivities will take place at the City Park at 7:00 p.m. Fireworks at dark. www.cityofgriffin.com
     
  • Hampton - Friday Night Drags and Fireworks at AMS. Event from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. - Atlanta Motor Speedway, 1500 N. U.S. 41, Hampton. 770-946-4211, www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.
  • Hall County - Fourth of July Fireworks at Laurel Park  American Legion Fireworks Display - 3100 Old Cleveland Highway, Gainesville. $5 per car.
  • Heard County - Fireworks and Street Dance - Friday July 4th 5 p.m. Downtown Franklin. www.heardchamber.com
  • Helen - Fireworks planned for Friday July 4th 9:15 p.m., behind the Alpine Village Shoppes. www.helenga.org
  • Henry County Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza. Festivities begin at 1 p.m. Includes live music, car show, kids play area, a saloon and fireworks at dusk. Nash Farm. www.hcfireworks.com
  • Kennesaw’s Salute to America.  July 3rd Fireworks. Free concert at 6 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Downtown Kennesaw.  www.kennesawjuly3.com.
  • Lake Lanier -  LanierWorld - 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford Ga. Fireworks at dark. www.discoverlakelanier.com/events/july-4th-celebration/
  • Lawrenceville - Prelude to the Fourth - Lawrenceville’s renowned Aurora Theatre will perform a Broadway Musical with a full orchestra, followed by a dazzling fireworks display! Begins at 7:00 p.m. at 185 Crogan Street, Lawrenceville, 30046.  www.lawrencevillega.org/
  • Lilburn - Sparkle in the Park Music, food and fireworks. A1A, the Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show, will have a family-friendly concert.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket. 5:30-10 p.m. Lilburn City Park, 76 Main St., Lilburn. www.cityoflilburn.com.
  • Marietta - Fourth in the Park. Day-long celebration. July 4th 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Glover Park on the Marietta Square www.mariettaga.gov.
  • Monroe - Freedom Fest - July 4th. Event begins at 5:00 p.m. at Athens Tech Campus, 121 Blaine Street. Fireworks at dark. monroedowntown.com
  • Newnan Rotary Club’s Independence Day - 4th of July parade at 9 a.m. Main Street Newnan. Fireworks celebration - Drake Stadium. Gates open at 5 :30. www.ci.newnan.ga.us
  • Norcross - Red, White & BOOM!. 4 p.m. block party. Live music at 6 p.m. Fireworks at dusk. July 3rd. Free. Lillian Webb Park, 5 College St., Norcross. 678-421-2000, www.norcrossga.net.
  • Peachtree City  - The parade begins at 9 a.m. July 4th on Peachtree Parkway at Braelinn Golf Course. 4th Fest 5 pm- 9 pm at City Hall Plaza. Firworks 9 pm-10pm Drake Field. www.peachtree-city.org
  • Roswell's Annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza. Fireworks at dusk. July 4th.  Sweet Apple Elementary School - 12025 Etris Road.  www.roswellgov.com.
  • Sandy Springs- Community Fireworks Display -Fireworks July 5th. Festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks at 9:45 p.m. Viewing will be at Concourse Corporate Center Lawn: Five Concourse Parkway. Local residents are encouraged to pack a snack. http://www.sandyspringsga.gov/fireworks
  • Snellville - Star Spangled Snellville. Independence Day Celebration on the Towne Green. July 4th starting at 3 pm. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.  www.snellvillepride.com/
  • Stone Mountain - Fantastic Fourth Celebration at Stone Mountain Park. Enjoy the Lasershow Spectacular, followed by a fireworks July 3-5 on the lawn. Begins at dusk. $10 daily parking pass or $35 for annual parking permit, U.S. 78 E., Stone Mountain. www.stonemountainpark.com.

 

 

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