You may be able to take away the apple pie or the watermelon.
But, for many, the Fourth of July in Atlanta isn’t complete without the chromatic bombardment of fireworks.
With that in mind, we offer a virtual powder keg of event suggestions.
Star Spangled Fourth at Mall of Georgia
Keeping with the annual tradition, this shopping mecca has its dance card full on the Fourth. Opening at 5 p.m. is the Village Kids Zone, where tots can meet Captain America and Wonder Woman, play games, jump in bounce houses, climb walls and more. All-day wristbands for the bounce houses will be sold for $20 and the rock-climbing wall will cost $5 per person. Food vendors will keep bellies full as Ants Trippin' and The Woodys provide a rocking backdrop. The bands wrap at 9:30 p.m. That’s when Mallory Green sings “The Star-Spangled Banner” just before the fireworks show, which will takes place in the Von Maur parking lot. Guests are invited to stay for a free post-fireworks screening of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” on a 70-foot big screen in the parking lot across from Dick’s Sporting Goods.
5 p.m. Free. Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Drive, N.E., Buford. 770-271-9458. Find out more here.
Fourth of July Celebration at Centennial Olympic Park
The gates open at 6 p.m. as guests vie for a choice spot on the sprawling park lawn. Live music includes a performance by Jorel “JFly” Flynn, who has worked with such artists as Jennifer Holliday, New Edition and Cameo.
Expect the fireworks to begin at about 9 p.m. 6 p.m. July 4. Free. Centennial Olympic Park, 265 Park Ave. West N.W., Atlanta. Find out more here.
Legendary Fourth of July at Lenox Square
This event rings in its 56th year with a bevy of blasts. Expect more than 4,000 shells to explode in the sky. Before the 15-minute fireworks show, guests can peruse the mall and come outdoors to nosh on concessions. Look up for the fireworks around 9:40 p.m.
Mall hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Select restaurants will remain open after 6 p.m.) Legendary Fourth of July: 6 p.m. July 4. Free. Lenox Square, 3393 Peachtree Road. N.E., Atlanta. 404-233-6767. Find out more here.
July 4th Beach Party Callaway Gardens
The celebration begins early and lasts well into the night at Callaway Gardens' annual July 4th Star Spangled Beach Party at Robin Lake Beach. The FSU Flying High Circus will perform at 3:30 p.m., and a deejay will be on deck throughout the day. At 7 p.m., Swingin' Medallions will kick off the live music portion of the festivities. The fireworks extravaganza will take place at 9:30 p.m. Day admission is $25-30for those ages 13 and older, $12.50-15 for children ages 5-13 and free for children 5 and younger. Callaway Gardens, US Highway 27, Pine Mountain. 1-800-Callaway. Find out more here.
East Point Salute to the Red, White & Blue
Food, libations, live music, carnival rides and a blast of fireworks explode in downtown East Point July 4. The soundtrack kicks off at 4:45 p.m. with funk soul band Gurufish, Maya Neiada, Band of Champions and up-and-coming R & B artist Jae Crue. Fireworks take to the sky at 9:30 p.m. 3-11 p.m. July 4. Free. Carnival rides cost extra. Downtown Commons, 2757 East Point St., East Point. Find out more here.
Coca-Cola July 4th Fest at Six Flags Over Georgia
The sprawling theme park offers a three-day celebration of nightly fireworks and special events. Bring a Coca-Cola can to Six Flags and hop on some of the park’s most popular rides, including the new Joker Chaos Coaster and the massive Goliath, one hour before the park opens. After Hurricane Harbor, Six Flags’ in-house water park, closes at 6 p.m., it plays host to the Coca-Cola VIP Experience. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., guests pay $25 (in addition to admission) to enter the area. This party features dancing, live entertainment and a choice spot to watch the fireworks, which ignite at 9:30 p.m.
9:30 a.m.-10 p.m. July 2; 9 a.m.-10 p.m. July 3; 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. July 4. $63.99; $43.99 for those 48 inches and shorter; free for ages 2 and younger. Discounts available on the park’s website. Six Flags Over Georgia, 275 Riverside Parkway, Austell. 770-948-9290. Find out more here.
Fantastic Fourth Celebration at Stone Mountain Park
The park with that heaping hunk of granite celebrates the holiday across four days. By day, those who buy an Adventure Pass can partake in oodles of attractions. When the sun sets, the throngs will gather on Memorial Lawn for the fireworks-laden visual feast that’s the Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision, which has been newly-updated with fire effects.
10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Lasershow and fireworks 9:30 p.m. July 1-4. $15 daily parking. Adventure Pass: $24.95-$29.95 with discounts available online. Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Drive, Stone Mountain. 770-498-5690. Find out more here.
UPDATED: Here are some additional events from our news partners at News 95.5 FM and AM 750 WSB:
- Alpharetta: Fireworks at Wills Park Monday starting at 6 p.m.
- Decatur: Parade on Monday at 6 p.m. from First Baptist Church on Clairemont Ave.
- Douglasville: Fireworks at 9 p.m. by Church St.; visible from Arbor Place Mall.
- Lilburn: Sparkle in the Park Monday at 5:30 in Lilburn City Park, fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
- Marietta: Freedom Parade and on Monday at 10 a.m. from Roswell St. Baptist Church and Victory Drive. A festival starts after the parade.
- McDonough: Fireworks at Richard Craig Park starting at 4 p.m. on Monday.
- Newnan: Fireworks from Veteran’s Memorial Park, at 9 p.m.
- Peachtree City: Events by Peachtree Pkwy at Robinson Rd. Fireworks at 9 p.m.
- Roswell: Extravaganza and fireworks at Sweet Apple Elementary, starting at 5:30 p.m. Monday.
- Snellville: Star Spangled festival in the Towne Green starting at 4 p.m. Celebration ends with fireworks.
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