Independence Day in Atlanta is known for many things: barbecues, bad traffic and the annual Peachtree Road Race.
Something else the Fourth of July is well known for is fireworks displays and there are plenty of those in Atlanta and surrounding cities too. Here is a list of some of the many taking place inside and outside of the perimeter.
1. Centennial Olympic Park Fourth of July Celebration, Atlanta
In the heart of the city sits a park built specifically for public gatherings the likes of which Fourth of July celebrations were made for. For decades Centennial Park, the home base of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, has hosted one of the cities and states largest fireworks displays. The gates to the park will open at 6 p.m. with the fireworks scheduled to begin at or near 9:45 p.m.
2. Fireworks in the Fourth Ward, Atlanta
The annual celebration will take place from 5-11 p.m. at 680 Dallas Street, NE in the heart of the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood. Along with a fireworks display that is scheduled to begin once the sun sets, the free community event will feature live music from Atlanta band Sucker Punch and DJ Q-Tip, bites from local vendors and food trucks like The Funnel Cake Guys, Yumbii and more, plus beer, wine and cocktails for sale.
3. Fourth of July Rooftop Bash, Atlanta
From 5-11 p.m. The ROOF at Ponce City Market (675 Ponce De Leon Ave., N.E.) will be available to not only see the fireworks taking place throughout the city but will also offer BBQ, live music and entertainment. The kid-friendly event begins at 5pm, and there will be two ticket levels – Rooftop Terrace VIP and General Admission.
The Fourth of July parade will begin at the Roswell Baptist Church and continuing on down Roswell Street to East Park Square and ending at North Marietta Parkway. The annual Independence Day parade (beginning at 10 a.m.) is a mile and a half long and will close with a festival that includes arts and crafts, food vendors, kids zone and of course fireworks (scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m.)
5. Stone Mountain Park
The Fantastic Fourth Celebration at Stone Mountain Park is a week long (July 1-7) experience that highlights all that is good about taking in the holiday outdoors. Unlike the other Fourth of July celebrations, this is a daily admission fee for those who do not have a Stone Mountain Park membership. The nightly laser show is free to watch from the lawn (you pay $15 to park).
6. Downtown Decatur
The city’s annual Pied Piper Parade begins at First Baptist Church of Decatur (308 Clairemont Avenue) and will end with a fireworks display on the square at 9 p.m.
7. Sandy Springs
The annual Sandy Springs Stars and Stripes Celebration begins with music at 7:30 p.m. on the lawn at the Concourse Corporate Center. The fireworks begin at 9:45 p.m.
Sparkle in the Park, the city of Lilburn’s annual Fourth of July celebration will take place at the Lilburn City Park (76 Main Street) and along with a fireworks display (begins at 9:30 p.m.) there will be local vendors, food trucks and activities. The city will provide air conditioned shuttles to and from the park. Parking will also be available at the park.
9. East Point
The “Salute to the Red, White and Blue” is nicknamed South Fulton County’s largest pyro digital fireworks display for a reason. The event will include food vendors, live music and fireworks, all of which will take place near East Point City Hall (2757 East Point Street).
The Red, White and BOOM takes place on Wednesday, July 3 (beginning at 5:30 p.m.) but it is as important as the other Independence Day celebrations despite the early start. Held at Lillian Webb Park (5 College Street, N.W.), the annual event will have music played by a DJ, food trucks, bounce houses and fireworks that are scheduled to begin at 9:25 p.m.
Editor’s Note: This post has been updated with more details on this year’s event at Ponce City Market.