Celebrating America! Celebrating the 4th of July In and Around Atlanta

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Legendary Fourth of July at Lenox Square Mall is the Southeast’s largest Independence Day celebration. Over 200,000 people attend annually, so if you’re looking for a huge celebration, this is it. There will be live music on the mainstage: A1A, known as The Official and Original Jimmy Buffet Tribute Show, takes you to Margaritaville starting at 6:00 PM, and then Party on the Moon, a local Atlanta cover band, headlines at 7:30 PM. It’s an all-day event, with the Kids’ Zone opening at noon, a family carnival (new this year!), and Taste of the 4th, a food festival style event where you can taste food from participating restaurants. The Family Carnival takes place June 30, 2011 through July 4, 2011, and is rides are ticketed. Taste of the 4th is on July 4 from 2:00 to 6:00 PM and the cost is $10.00 per person. The huge breathtaking 20+ minute fireworks display at dark, approximately 9:40 PM according to the mall’s website. RAIN OR SHINE!

Fourth of July Celebration at Centennial Olympic Park provides another all-day, family-friendly event, complete with children’s activities and live music, but the highlight of Centennial Olympic Park’s 4th of July Celebration is the AirTran Airways Fireworks Spectacular which will broadcast live by 11Alive WXIA-TV as well as simulcast on All The Hits Q100. The park gates open at 2:00 PM – plan to arrive early to partake in all the fun and to get a good seat! Free live music concert begins around 4:00 PM with Atlanta’s rising country-pop band von Grey, continuing at 5:00 PM with The Regulars, a soulful rock band led by a brother-and-sister duo, continuing with more rock with The Key at 6:30, and ending with headliner Crystal Bowersox from American Idol, around 8:00 PM. RAIN OR SHINE!

** You can take MARTA to both celebrations above – avoid traffic delays and parking problems! **

 

Fourth of July Parade, Festival and Fireworks in Marietta – Marietta likes to celebrate holidays in a big way, and July 4th is no different! Starting at 10:00 AM on July 4, the Marietta Freedom Parade expects 110 entries, 2,000 participants and an estimated 30,000 spectators! And that’s just to kick off a full day of celebrations. At noon, Scott Thompson takes the stage in the Historic Marietta Square, followed by the National Bell Ringing at 2:00 PM, parade awards at 2:15 PM, Thompson Square croons out country tunes at 8:00 PM, and a fabulous fireworks display at dark. It all begins at 10:00 AM: food vendors from around the Square will begin selling treats, the children’s area and carnival games will be hopping, and the free arts and crafts show will open.

July 4th Festivities and Fireworks at Wills Park, Alpharetta – Beginning at 5:00 PM on July 4, there will be lots of kid- and family-friendly activities, followed by a late afternoon concert on the Event Lawn, fireworks at dusk. On the Event Lawn behind Alpharetta Community Center will be the music stage featuring the Alpharetta City Band, playing uplifting patriotic music beginning at 6:00 PM, and then at 7:00 PM, Serious Business takes the stage, playing classic rock and new country music hits. Food vendors will be on hand to keep you fed from 5:00 until 10:00 PM.

All-American Celebration: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – This exciting annual celebration mixes patriotic standards, singalong anthems and classical thunder, and features the U.S. Army Chorus and spectacular fireworks after the concert. The concert is at 8:00 PM, but get there early to avoid traffic and (if you’re sitting on the lawn) to get a good seat. This is one of my personal favorites – a great way to spend the holiday!

Mall of Georgia Fabulous Fourth – From the Georgia Beer Garden, a cozy outdoor lounge where adults (the Beer Garden is open to families, but of course, only serves alcohol to those 21+) can enjoy a cold beer (priced at $5 for a 16-ounce glass) and a delicious snack from Rick Tanner’s Rotisserie (like bratwurst, hamburgers, hotdogs and grilled chicken sandwiches for $7 each), the Mall of Georgia may just be Gwinnett’s best place to spend July 4th. Free concerts begin at 2:00 PM: The Ron Jonsons: 2:00 to 4:00 PM, The Woody’s: 4:30 to 6:30 PM, and The Atlanta Groove: 7 to  9 PM. The Kids’ Zone opens at 2:00 PM and features inflatables, kid-friendly vendors and games, and a train. Fireworks begin at dusk and you can even stick around for a post-fireworks screening of Little Fockers.

Fantastic Fourth Celebration at Stone Mountain Park – Start your 4th of July celebrations early at Stone Mountain Park! With all the family-friendly activities that Stone Mountain Park has to offer, you could spend the whole weekend and not run out of things to do. For their 44th Annual Fantastic Fourth Celebration, there’s a full line-up of fun: the all-new Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision can be seen nightly July 2 to 4, 2011, immediately followed by a spectacular fireworks display – enjoy fireworks all three nights during the 4th of July holiday weekend. There are special packages available to spend the night in the park and for family value discounts, etc. – visit the park’s website for more info. (NOTE: Vehicle entry to the park is $10.00 for a one day permit or $35 for an annual permit. Note that there will be no free Park re-entry allowed. Guests who leave the Park on July 4th and then wish to return will have to re-pay the $10.00 Park entry fee.)

Pied Piper Parade, Concert and Fireworks in Decatur – Follow the Pied Piper and join in Decatur’s city-wide parade on July 4 – just decorate your wagon or bike, or walk or skate along and be a part of the parade (be sure to visit the website for guidelines and registration information). The line-up for the parade is at 5:30 PM at the First Baptist Church of Decatur, and the parade starts at 6:00 PM. Ending at the Community Bandstand, you’ll arrive just in time for the evening’s festivities: a concert featuring the Callanwolde Concert Band begins at 7:00 PM in the Community Bandstand, and fireworks begin at dark (approximately 9:00 PM).

Dunwoody 4th of July Parade – Who doesn’t love a parade? Dunwoody Crier Newspaper and Dunwoody Homeowner’s Association will present their annual Fourth of July Parade 2011 called “Celebrating our Freedoms!” The parade will start at 9:30 AM am at the Williamsburg Shopping Center parking lot, travel down Mt. Vernon Road, turn into Dunwoody Village Parkway and end up in Dunwoody Village, where food and drink, entertainment and awards will take place.

6th Annual Fireworks and Concert in Villa Rica – Enjoy the 4th of July early – on Saturday, July 2, 2011, from 6:00 PM until the fireworks end! Be a part of the WOW factor at the Villa Rica Civic Center & Sports Complex! Enjoy a free concert by Zack Flowers and Dallas, face painting, inflatable slides, skydivers, hot air balloon tethered rides and other activities. Limited parking is available at the park. Concessions are available at the park for refreshments. Bring your lawn chairs or blanket, your good time spirit, and enjoy an afternoon and evening of entertainment.

Prelude to the Fourth in Lawrenceville – Lawrenceville Tourism & Trade Association and the Aurora Theatre present Lawrenceville’s annual Prelude to the Fourth free musical celebration held on the Historic Courthouse lawn on Sunday, July 3, 2011. Families and friends can rent tables and order catering packages from local restaurants, as they enjoy the outdoor performance of “Beauty and the Beast” and a spectacular finale on the eve of the Fourth of July.  People begin arriving around 5:00 PM and the show starts at 7:30 PM, with fireworks after the show / at dark.

Henry County Fireworks Extravaganza at Nash Farm Battlefield – On July 3 and 4, 2011, get ready for food, fun, music, spacewalks, pony rides, and much more! Learn about our nations history from the period actors and relive the excitement of when and how America was born. The cost is $20 per car load (limit 6 passengers per car – additional tickets can be purchased at $5/person).

4th of July at The Beach in Clayton County – You don’t have to leave Atlanta to spend the July 4th holiday at the beach. Come to The Beach on Monday, July 4 from 10:00 AM until 8:00 PM to celebrate Independence Day! Events will include live musical entertainment from Felicia & Friends and 911 Band, a fireworks display at dusk and much more!

Is there more than this! YES! There are celebrations all around the Atlanta area – these are just a few of our picks – from big celebrations to small-town fun. Whatever you do this July 4th weekend – be safe, and have a happy holiday!

WHERE: July 4th Celebrations all around Atlanta!

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