Fireworks, parades & activities for the 4th

Looking for something to do this Independence Day? We’ve got you covered.

The Lenox Square Independence Day Celebration will begin at noon with a kid’s zone play area, specials from the mall’s local businesses and restaurants and live entertainment gets underway at 6 p.m. The spectacular fireworks display – one of the largest in the country – begins at approximately 9:40 p.m. Organizers are encouraging spectators to take MARTA to the event because parking will be extremely limited. lenoxsquare.com

The Centennial Olympic Park 4th of July Celebration begins at 2 p.m. with face painting, stilt walkers, playtime in the Fountain of Rings and live musical entertainment starting at 3:45 p.m. Musical acts will include von Grey, The Regulars, The Key and headliner Crystal Bowersox, last year’s American Idol runner-up. The fireworks begin at dark. Like with Lenox Square, organizers are encouraging festival-goers to take MARTA to the Philips Arena/Georgia Dome or Peachtree Center stations and follow the signs to the park. centennialpark.com

Enjoy the Fireworks and Lasershow Spectacular at Stone Mountain Park. The event begins at 9:30 p.m. Show is free, parking is $10. stonemountainpark.com

The Children’s Museum is hosting an All American Fourth of July Celebration where kids can make their own firecracker hat, enjoy a story about the Star Spangled Banner and more from 2 to 3 p.m. 275 Centennial Olympic Park, Adults and children ages 2 and up, $12.50. childrensmuseumatlanta.org

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra All American Celebration begins at 8 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre At Encore Park. The celebration fires up the crowd with patriotic standards and sing-a-long anthems, featuring the U.S. Army Chorus and spectacular fireworks. Tickets: $12-$35. atlantasymphony.org

The Georgia Aquarium will host the Red, White & Brew barbecue and beer fest on the top floor of the aquarium parking deck, offering unparalleled views of the fireworks display from Centennial Olympic Park. The event takes place from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and tickets are $45 per person, with proceeds benefiting the aquarium’s education initiatives. This event is for adults over the age of 21. georgiaaquarium.org

The Pied Piper Parade, Concert and Fireworks returns for an evening of fun and celebration. Decorate a wagon, ride your bike, skate, or walk along with the parade that begins at First Baptist Church of Decatur at 6 p.m. The Callanwolde Concert Band performs after the parade at 7 p.m., which is followed by a fireworks display shortly after 9 p.m. The event is free.

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