Stone Mountain has hosted their Fantastic Fourth Celebration for 50 years.
Photo: Stone Mountain/Jewel Wicker
Photo: Stone Mountain/Jewel Wicker

Stone Mountain’s Fantastic Fourth Celebration: 5 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

Independence Day isn’t until next week, but local businesses and attractions will start celebrating the patriotic holiday this weekend. 

Beat the crowds and experience the fireworks and celebrations a few days early throughout the city.

Commotion: A Tribute to Women in Music

The Basement will host a dance party that pays tribute to the musical contributions of women across genres. From Whitney Houston to Ellie Goulding, this event is sure to have a dance-worthy playlist. 

Yes, men are allowed. 

10 p.m. June 30. $7. The Basement, 1245 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta.

Hush Hush Red & Blue

Neighbor’s Pub, Hand in Hand and J&J Bourbon Bar are hosting an Independence Day-themed silent day party this weekend, offering attendees a chance to mingle at the three bars and cater their party experience to their own musical preferences. 

5 p.m. July 1. $15-$25. Neighbor’s Pub, 752 North Highland Ave., Suite C, Atlanta.

Fantastic Fourth Celebration at Stone Mountain Park

Beat the Fourth of July crowds by celebrating the patriotic holiday a few days early. Stone Mountain will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its Fantastic Fourth Celebration with four nights of fireworks and drone-assisted lasershows. Each night will begin with a 50-cannon salute before a massive fireworks show set to the tune of music spanning the past five decades.

Attractions: 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Lasershow and fireworks. 9:30 p.m. July 1-4. $15 daily parking (but the first 50 cars will get in for free each night). Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain.

Atlanta Botanical Garden’s The Curious Garden exhibit

The Atlanta Botanical Garden’s latest exhibit, The Curious Garden, features 11 installations from Disney horticulturalist Adam Schwerner, whose work blends his passions for art and nature.  

The exhibit was designed to invite attendees to take a deeper look at the nature around them. 

9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays. Through Oct. 29. Free (garden members, children under 3), $15.95 (children, 3-12), $21.95 (adults). Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta.

Have a late-night meal

Looking for a place to go for a late-night meal? Bon Ton, a New Orleans-style Vietnamese-Creole restaurant in Midtown offers tasty dishes such as smoked shrimp jambalaya until 2 a.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and until midnight on Sundays.

Read a review of the restaurant here. 

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