Everyone looks forward to Independence Day and the ritual of the annual fireworks show. Luckily, the city of Atlanta offers many places to take in the show. You may have explored some of these neighborhoods while out house-hunting or exploring the area.
In the Atlanta area, many neighborhoods offer their own displays, either for free or for a small donation. Norcross, for example, celebrates a day early; their festival runs from 5:00 p.m. until the big show around 9:30 p.m. In previous years, it’s been at Lillian Webb Park, and a shuttle has been available from the Methodist Church parking lot.
Kennesaw also celebrates July 3rd. The featured entertainment this year is Don’t Look Back: The Boston Experience. This recreation of the band Boston will have people enjoying the band’s classic songs “More Than a Feeling,” “Rock & Roll Band,” “Amanda,” and more. Right after the show, the fireworks begin. The festival is centered around Depot Park, and the fireworks are visible along Main Street.
Marietta’s planning is in full swing for 2017. The Marietta July Fourth in the Park begins at 10 a.m. at Marietta Square with a parade followed by music, museum tours, arts and crafts, and plenty of food. The fireworks begin around 9:30 p.m.
East Point’s “Salute to the Red, White, and Blue” begins at 3 p.m. It features musical performances throughout the afternoon and evening, a select vendor’s market, and a fabulous food court. The day ends with a Pyro Digital Fireworks display, synchronized to a musical score. There’s a carnival in East Point from June 30th through the 4th.
Robin Lake Beach
If you want to add a sandy touch to your Independence Day celebration, head on down to Callaway Gardens and enjoy the beach party at Robin Lake Beach. The beach opens at 7 a.m. so you can enjoy the water all day. Live entertainment starts in the afternoon until the fireworks display after 9:00 p.m.
Mall of Georgia
The Mall of Georgia plays host to a special Independence Day celebration, presented by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. With family-friendly activities, you’ll also be treated to The Woodys and AIA, the Official Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show, before the fireworks light up the skies.
If you want to go to Six Flags on the Fourth, bring a can of Coca-Cola with you to be admitted one hour early to enjoy selected rides and attractions. The day concludes with a fireworks display, and they recommend getting a spot early in the Cotton States Exposition District. If you buy their VIP package, you can watch the fireworks over the Calypso Bay Wave Pool as well as enjoy the all-you-can-eat buffet.
Stone Mountain Park
At Stone Mountain Park, you can spend the day enjoying the park and the night enjoying both the laser show and the fireworks. The daily parking pass of $15 gets you access to all the public areas of the park, as well as to the laser show and fireworks. You should be aware that, on the 4th of July, there’s a no-free-reentry policy in effect; if you leave, you’ll have to pay again to enter. The gates close when the park is full.
Centennial Olympic Park
Lenox Square is not hosting their annual fireworks show this year. Instead, they’ve teamed up with the good people at Centennial Olympic Park to create the grandest fireworks display in the southeastern U.S. Lenox Square will still host the Peachtree Road Race and sponsor other patriotic activities, but the fireworks in downtown Atlanta will be in the park. In previous years, 30,000 people have flocked downtown to see the magnificent show.
Atlanta offers a broad range of choices to celebrate the nation’s independence. Pick the location best suited to your interests and enjoy the holiday!