Festive 4th: Fireworks, parades to mark Independence Day

Fireworks at Lenox Square (Courtesy Simon)
Fireworks at Lenox Square (Courtesy Simon)

The Peachtree Road Race officially kicks off the holiday early in the morning. This year, the Peachtree did not invite the world’s elite runners and instead will host the U.S. men’s and women’s 10K national champions. The race starts at Lenox Square and makes its ways down Peachtree Street to 10th Street and Piedmont Park. The wheelchair race begins at 6:45 a.m. and the foot race at 7:17 a.m.  Spectators are strongly encouraged to take MARTA, which will begin running at 5 a.m. on race day. Many restaurants and bars will be open along the route to watch the race, so check with your favorite watering hole. For more information, visit peachtreeroadrace.org.

The Legendary Fourth of July at Lenox Square features live music and one of the biggest fireworks displays in the country. Lenox Square shops and restaurants will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 4. Entertainment begins at 6 p.m. with the winner of Atlanta’s Next Legend talent search, Journey tribute band Departure and headliners Party on the Moon. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at approximately 9:45 p.m. Parking will be almost impossible, so visitors are encouraged to take MARTA. Pets are not allowed. For more information, visit simon.com.

The Centennial Olympic Park’s 4th of July Celebration will begin at 6 p.m. with fireworks scheduled for 9:40 p.m. Bring a picnic or enjoy food from nearby restaurants. There will be entertainment and live music, too. Since parking will be extremely limited, visitors are encouraged to take MARTA to Philips Arena/GWCC or Peachtree Center stations. For more information: centennialpark.com.

Fireworks at Centennial Park
Fireworks over Centennial Olympic Park in Downtown (Courtesy of Centennial Park)

The Georgia Aquarium Red White & Brew is July 4 from 7 to 10 p.m. with beer, food, live music and watching the Centennial Park fireworks from atop the aquarium’s parking deck rooftop. Tickets are $45 for members, $55 for non-members. For more information, visit georgiaaquarium.com.

Decatur’s July 4th Pied Piper Parade will wind through downtown Decatur on July 4 and the community is invited to join in by decorating your wagon, riding a bike, skating or walking in the event. Line-up is at 5:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Decatur, the parade begins at 6 p.m. and ends at the Community Bandstand on the courthouse square. The Callanwolde Concert Band will play at 7 p.m. and fireworks will follow at dark. For more information, visit visitdecaturgeorgia.com.

The Sandy Springs Stars and Stripes Celebration will be held July 5 with music from Shiloh at 7:30 p.m. followed by fireworks at 9:45 p.m. at the King and Queen buildings. The official viewing area will be located on the lawn at the Concourse Corporate Center located at Five Concourse Parkway. Visitors are encouraged to pack a snack, bring a blanket, and enjoy an evening under the stars. Water stations will be located throughout the Concourse lawn. Pets, tents, outdoor cooking and sparklers will not be permitted. For more information, visit sandyspringsga.org.

Stone Mountain is hosting its Fantastic Fourth Celebration July 3-5. All the parks big attractions will be open and the Lasershow Spectacular will be extra spectacular with fireworks to mark the holiday. Visit stonemountainpark.com for details.

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