12 ways to see fireworks in Atlanta on July 4th

July 4th: Best fireworks shows in Atlanta Celebrate

The fireworks' scene in Atlanta is divided, with more July 4th festivities than you can possibly attend. How do you choose which show is for you?

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The answer is up to you, but while you decide, here's a rundown of our favorite  Fourth of July festivities in Atlanta metro, including a few you've probably never heard of.

Centennial Olympic Park Fourth of July Celebration

7 p.m. July 4, Centennial Olympic Park, 265 Park Ave W NW, Atlanta.

What even is Atlanta without a mac-daddy fireworks celebration? Head to Centennial Olympic Park for the Southeast's biggest fireworks show -- this event also includes a variety of food trucks and a special 2-hour set by DJ Yvonne Monet.

Fireworks explode during the laser show at Stone Mountain Park last April. Fireworks and the popular laser show will also be held for visitors during the Fourth of July celebration, which has been extended. STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC
Fireworks explode during the laser show at Stone Mountain Park last April. Fireworks and the popular laser show will also be held for visitors during the Fourth of July celebration, which has been extended. STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC

Fantastic Fourth Celebration

July 1-7, Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd, Stone Mountain.

Stone Mountain is one of the Atlanta area's most cherished holiday visits. The park is only a few minutes outside of the city, and it's full of attractions for the whole family. The beautiful giant granite dome makes for one of the coolest spots to watch fireworks fly over. Access to the Lasershow Spectacular and fireworks is included with your paid daily or annual parking admission, and park attractions and seasonal live entertainment are included with a daily All-Attractions Pass or annual Mountain Membership.

Please note that you can experience the exact same show each day of the Fantastic Fourth Celebration, July 1-7.

Georgia Aquarium: Red, White, and Brew

7-10 p.m., July 4, Oceans Ballroom at Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker St. NW, Atlanta.

If you're looking for a swanky way to celebrate Independence Day, head over to the Georgia Aquarium. General admission to this event is $65 and includes admission to the aquarium, a night full of unlimited beer and cider samples, delicious classic BBQ provided by Wolfgang Puck Catering, live music, and a spectacular view of the Atlanta skyline and Centennial Olympic Park's Fourth of July fireworks celebration.

Fireworks in the Fourth Ward

5-10 p.m. July 4, Fourth Ward Historic Park, 680 Dallas St. NE, Atlanta.

The Fourth Ward hosts a free, family-friendly hullabaloo with corn hole, face painting, food trucks, craft beer, entertainment and a kick-butt firework display in the park. Blankets and chairs are welcome, tents and grills are not permitted. The fireworks can also be seen from The Roof at Ponce City Market's Rooftop Bash, a ticketed event which begins at 5 p.m.

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SweetWater Fireworks and Big Green Egg Cookout

4 p.m., July 3, SweetWater Brewing Co., 195 Ottley Drive NE, Atlanta.

Fireworks over the brewery, a band on the patio, Big Green Eggs fired up -- it doesn't get any more "Merica!" than this.

This is a free event but it's well worth it to splurge on a VIP ticket, which includes a complimentary buffet from SweetWater Chef Nick Anderson, four beer tokens redeemable for SweetWater brews at the event and exclusive roof access for a gorgeous view of the fireworks show.

Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves

7:20-11:59 p.m. July 4, The Battery Atlanta, 755 Battery Ave. SE, Atlanta.

Chop on with the Atlanta Braves and celebrate Independence Day at the same time! Go early to enjoy special pregame ceremonies and activities. Then cheer on your favorite team, grab ballpark hot dogs and relax. After the game, stay late to celebrate this great nation with a spectacular firework show high above SunTrust Park.

Decatur fireworks from top floor of First Baptist Church parking deck
Decatur fireworks from top floor of First Baptist Church parking deck

Credit: Edgar Torbert

Credit: Edgar Torbert