July 4th in Atlanta: A county-by-county guide to when, where to watch fireworks

The bad news is July 4th falls on a Tuesday this year, which means it’s not a three-day weekend.

The good news is, everyone’s pretty much treating it like a four-day weekend, with celebrations spread out from Saturday to Tuesday around the metro area.

That includes fireworks displays. Things will be going “BOOM!” in the night at a lot of different times in a lot of different places. If you want to hit multiple events -- or if you just want to be sure not to miss your favorite one this year -- check out this county-by-county guide to 4th of July fireworks.

Note: In many cases the fireworks are the culmination of longer, activity-packed Independence Day celebrations. Some locations give specific and/or estimated times for fireworks. Otherwise, they’ll start shooting them off at dusk or when darkness falls.


  Saturday, July 1

 Johns Creek Independence Day Celebration. 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Free, but reserved tables available for $200 (call 678-512-3200). Newtown Park. 3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. www.johnscreekga.gov/RecreationandParks

  Sunday, July 2

  Sandy Springs Stars and Stripes Fireworks Celebration. 7 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:45 p.m. Free. Concourse Corporate Center lawn, 5 Concourse Pkwy, Sandy Springs. 770-730-5600, www.sandyspringsga.gov/recreation

Centennial Olympic Park's 4th of July Celebration 
Photo: Curtis Compton

   Tuesday, July 4

  4th of July Celebration at Centennial Olympic Park. Gates open at 6 p.m. Fireworks at 9:45 p.m. Free. 265 Park Ave, West N.W., Atlanta. www.centennialpark.com. 

   Alpharetta 4th of July Fireworks. 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Fireworks around 9 - 9:30 p.m. Free (food vendors on site, cash only). Wills Park, 1825 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta, 678-297-6130. www.awesomealpharetta.com.

  East Point Salute to the Red, White & Blue. 3 p.m. - 11 p.m. Fireworks start around 9:30 p.m. Free. Carnival rides (June 30-July 4) cost extra. Downtown Commons, 2757 East Point St., East Point (City Hall and just one block from the East Point MARTA station)  www.downtowneastpoint.com.    

  18th Annual Roswell July Fourth Fireworks Extravaganza. 5:30 p.m.- 10 p.m. Fireworks start around 9:30 p.m. Free. Roswell High School front lawn. 11595 King Rd, Roswell. www.roswellgov.com

   Atlanta United postgame fireworks. After Atlanta’s pro soccer team takes on the San Jose Earthquakes at 7 p.m., they’ll host a July 4th celebration and fireworks show. Info and tickets at www.atlutd.com. Bobby Dodd Stadium, 177 North Avenue NW, Atlanta.

Who wouldn’t want to celebrate the Fourth with these guys? The Atlanta United FC gather for a team photo before taking on the N.Y. Red Bulls during their first game in franchise history on Sunday, March 5, 2017, in Atlanta. After the home game on July 4th, the team will host a fireworks show. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com
Photo: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


   Monday, July 3

   Villa Rica 12th Annual Fireworks Display Extravaganza. 5 p.m. until fireworks end (launch time approximately 9:30 p.m.). Free. Villa Rica Civic Center & Sports Complex (V-Plex) 1605 Highway 61, Villa Rica. 770-459-7011, www.villarica.org   

   Tuesday, July 4

   Carrollton Parade, Concert and Fireworks Show. Parade at 10 a.m.; then the Carroll Symphony Orchestra’s 2017 Sounds of Liberty Concert at 8 p.m. builds to the fireworks display. Free. Carollton Elementary School, 401 Ben Scott Blvd, Carrollton. www.carrollton-ga.gov/events

 Lenox Square  may have ended its  July 4th fireworks show (seen here in 2015), but fear not. Nearly three dozen locations in metro Atlanta will do “booming” business this  extended holiday weekend.BRANDEN CAMP/SPECIAL
Photo: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


   Tuesday, July 4

   4th of July Celebration in Canton.  5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Fireworks at dusk. Free. Riverstone Plaza Shopping Center, Riverstone Parkway & Riverstone Blvd., Canton. www.canton-georgia.com 

   Woodstock July 4th Extravaganza. All-day event starts with parade at 10 a.m., festival from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and fireworks at dusk at Target Shopping Center (Hwy 92 near I-575). Free. 770-517-6788, www.woodstockga.gov


   Saturday, July 1

Jonesboro Independence Day Celebration. Daylong event begins with parade at noon and fireworks following a 7 p.m. Michael Jackson Tribute Concert. Free. Lee Street Park & Amphitheater, 155 Lee Street, Jonesboro. www.eventbrite.com

Holiday Weekend 4th of July Celebration. July 1 - 4, with fireworks on July 4. $10. Clayton County International Park , 2300 Hwy 138 E, Jonesboro. www.facebook.com/ClaytonCountyParks 

Six Flags Over Georgia boasts a fireworks show on July 4th and a couple nights before.
Photo: Courtesy of Six Flags Over Georgia


     Friday, June 30

   A Night of Freedom. 7 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. A night of family fun hosted by Linked UP Church, with fireworks after concert. Free (note: 2,500 person capacity). Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, 5239 Floyd Rd., Mableton. www.mablehouse.org

    Saturday, July 1

  Kennesaw State University Star Spangled Spectacular. 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Concert begins at 8 p.m., with fireworks to follow. Free. Campus Green,  565 Cobb Ave NW, Kennesaw.  arts.kennesaw.edu

    Sunday, July 2 (through July 4)

Coca-Cola July 4th Fest at Six Flags Over Georgia. 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. July 2 - July 4. Fireworks at dusk. Prices start at $49.99 when purchased online. Six Flags Over Georgia, 275 Riverside Pkwy, Austell. 770-948-9290, www.sixflags.com/overgeorgia

    Monday, July 3

Kennesaw Salute to America. 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Fireworks at approximately 9:30 p.m. Free. Historic Train Depot, 2828 Cherokee Street, Kennesaw. www.kennesawjuly3.com 

    Tuesday, July 4

Acworth Independence Day Celebration.  Begins at 4 p.m., fireworks over Lake Acworth around 9:30 p.m. Free, with tables for 6 available for a fee. Parking passes required for the park, but shuttles are available from downtown. www.acworth.org

Fireworks light up the Marietta Square during 2015’sJuly 4th celebration. HANDOUT

Marietta Fourth in the Park Celebration. All day event, beginning with parade at 10 a.m., culminating in fireworks shot from the First United Methodist Church parking lot at 9:30 p.m. Marietta Square, 39-75 E Park Square, Marietta. www.mariettaga.gov.

Powder Springs July 4th Celebration and Fireworks. 7-10 p.m. Free. Town Square, 4488 Pineview Drive, Powder Springs. www.cityofpowdersprings.org.  

Atlanta Braves Independence Day postgame fireworks. Game time is 7:35 p.m. against the Houston Astros, followed by more big blasts in the sky over SunTrust Park. 755 Battery Avenue Southeast, Atlanta. Tickets, information: www.mlb.com/braves

Stone Mountain Park's Fantastic Fourth Celebration was voted the “Best Place to see Fireworks in Atlanta” by our readers in 2016.


   Saturday, July 1 (through July 4)

Fantastic Fourth Celebration at Stone Mountain Park. Attractions hours: 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Lasershow and fireworks: 9:30 p.m. July 1-4. . $15 daily parking. Adventure Pass: $28.95 for adults and $26.95 for children when purchased online. Lasershow and fireworks are free. Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Dr, Stone Mountain. 770-498-5690, stonemountainpark.com.

    Tuesday, July 4

   Avondale Estates 4th of July Celebration. All day event begins with parade at 10 a.m. and concludes with fireworks following a 7:30 p.m. concert at Lake Avondale. Free. www.avondaleestates.org

   Chamblee 4th of July Celebration. 5-10 p.m. Keswick Park, 3496 Keswick Dr, Chamblee. www.chambleega.com.

   Decatur Fourth of July Celebration. Pied Piper Parade at 6 p.m., followed by concert and fireworks after dark (approximately 9 p.m.). www.visitdecaturgeorgia.com.


   Tuesday, July 4

  City of Douglasville July 4th Fireworks. 9:15 p.m. Free. Best seen from Arbor Place Mall and surrounding areas; 6700 Douglas Blvd, Douglasville. www.visitdouglasville.com


   Tuesday, July 4

Peachtree City Celebrates Independence Day. Morning parade followed by 4th Fest at City Hall Plaza from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Fireworks over Lake Peachtree at dusk.Drake Field, 2400 Highway 54, Peachtree City. www.peachtree-city.org 

The Mall of Georgia’s 15th annual Star Spangled Fourth event will include music, a movie under the stars and of course, fireworks — all free. CONTRIBUTED
Photo: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


 Saturday, July 1  

   Loganville Independence Celebration. 4:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Fireworks launched around 9:30 p.m. from the field next to American Legion Post 233 (view from the Ingles and Kroger parking lots). Free. 4635 Highway 78, Loganville. loganvilleevents.com

   Monday, July 3

   Duluth Celebrates America.  6 pm - 11 pm. Free. Duluth Town Green,  3142 Hill St. Duluth. www.duluthga.net/community

   Lawrenceville Prelude to the 4th Independence Day Celebration. 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.  with fireworks after dark. Free. Lawrenceville Lawn, South Clayton St. and Luckie St. Lawrenceville. www.facebook.com/events

   Norcross Red, White and BOOM! 3 p.m. - 11 p.m. Fireworks around 9:25 p.m. Free.  Lillian Webb Park, 5 College Street, Norcross. www.norcrossga.net

You never know who you might run into on July 4th, a day that begins in metro Atlanta with the AJC Peachtree Road Race, which Reg and Paula Barnes, dressed as Sam and Betsy Ross, previously attended. It all ends many hours later with fireworks shows in towns big and small.  CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM
Photo: Curtis Compton/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

   Tuesday, July 4     

   Mall of Georgia 15th annual Star Spangled Fourth. Starts at 5 p.m., fireworks scheduled for dusk (around 9:35 p.m.) followed by a screening of The LEGO® Batman Movie. Free. 3333 Buford Dr, Buford. www.simon.com/mall/mall-of-georgia

    Sparkle in the Park, Lilburn. 5:30 p.m - 10 p.m. Fireworks begin around 9:30 p.m. Free. Lilburn City Park, 76 Main St., Lilburn. www.cityoflilburn.com.
    Star-Spangled Snellville. 4 p.m. - 10 p.m, fireworks at approximately 9:30 p.m. Free. Town Green, 2342 Oak Rd., Snellville. www.snellvilletourism.com

     Gwinnett Braves postgame fireworks. After the 7:35 p.m. game against the Norfolk Tides, watch fireworks at Coolray Field. 2500 Buford Drive, Lawrenceville. Information and tickets at gwinnettbraves.com

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