The 4th of July is almost upon us, so what is there to do around Atlanta? Well, you have a few options. Of course, you can watch the firework displays at various hotspots, including Stone Mountain National Park. You can go to a baseball game, or you can chow down on some of the best barbecue in Atlanta (and probably the country) with friends. If you choose the last option, you don’t have to worry about cleaning a grill or cleaning up after a picnic.
Stone Mountain Park
For many Atlantans, watching the fireworks show at Stone Mountain Park is a necessity. You can expect large crowds at Stone Mountain and the runs for the trams may be limited, which means that you will have to do a little more walking. Bring a blanket , drinks, and plenty of food for a picnic and you will be all set. Don’t forget your sunscreen or hats. Go with friends and family members. Do a little people watching, and wait for a fantastic show. The fireworks begin as soon as it gets dark. Most people come to the park in the afternoon and stay until the scheduled festivities begin. Speaking from experience, the show goes on even if it rains.
Lenox Square Mall
If a day and night at the park isn’t quite for you, take the crew to Lenox Square Mall in Buckhead. You know for sure that anything in Buckhead will be done up big, and this affair is of no different. In fact, the display at Lenox is the largest in the region. The family carnival will open at 10am, and restaurants will be open for lunch. Music groups will hit the stage, beginning at 6pm, and the fireworks will start at about 9:40pm.
Centennial Olympic Park
Head out to downtown Atlanta for a celebration at Centennial Olympic Park. Expect a carnival atmosphere with face painting, radio station personalities, and music. The live music entertainment starts at 4pm. Headliner Crystal Bowersox will hit the stage at 8:30 p.m. and the fireworks will begin afterwards.
Seats are available at the event, but you will have to get to the park early, and organizers suggest that you take MARTA. When taking MARTA, get off at the West line exit at the Philips Arena/GWCC station. You can also use the North Line exit at Peachtree Center. The crowds and signs will lead you to Centennial Olympic Park.