From downtown firework displays to smaller neighborhood celebrations, Atlanta comes alive on the Fourth of July. It’s time to throw on your red, white and blue and show your patriotism at one of these Fourth of July celebrations.
Centennial Olympic Park. Festivities at Centennial Olympic Park in downtown will begin at noon and end with evening fireworks spectacular over the Atlanta skyline. The free event includes children’s activities, including arts and crafts, face painting and even stilt walkers. Live musical entertainment begins at 5 p.m. with bands like 911 showcasing R&B covers. Country/pop trio, Edens Edge, will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. followed by headliner, 80’s rock bank the Smithereens, at 8 p.m. Food and beverage will be available for purchase so bring a blanket and relax on the green, joining the thousands of people that have made Fourth of July at Centennial Olympic Park an annual tradition.
Lenox Square Mall. Claiming the Southeast’s largest firework’s show, Lenox Square Mall in Buckhead will light up the sky at approximately 9:40 p.m. with thousands of fireworks. The mall’s shops and restaurants will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Fourth and games and musical entertainment will kick off at 6 p.m., including a “Kid Zone” for the little ones. Attracting more than 200,000 people annually, Lenox Square’s celebration is free and open to the public.
Decatur Courthouse Square. Events begin with a Pied Piper Parade at 6 p.m. featuring decorated bikes and wagons along with a mini-fire truck lead by the City Commissioners. Floats from various neighborhoods and organizations will also take part in the parade as they make their way through downtown Decatur to the Community Bandstand where there will be a presentation of colors and the Star Spangled Banner. A concert by the Callanwolde Concert Band will follow at 7 p.m. with fireworks shot from the top of the DeKalb County parking deck at about 9 p.m.
Stone Mountain Park. In its 42nd year, Stone Mountain Park’s Fantastic Fourth Celebration runs from July 3 to July 5. Along with all the parks attractions, visitors will enjoy live entertainment, fireworks and a laser show each night. On the 4th of July, fireworks are shot from both the base and the top of Stone Mountain to completely illuminate the sky. The celebration always attracts large crowds so plan on arriving early. Vehicle entry to the park is $10.00 for a one-day permit or $35 for an annual permit.
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