More info: www.simon.com/mall/lenox-square/
Downtown Decatur’s Pied Piper Parade
This is certainly a family-friendly July 4th event; the parade is open to all who wish to participate. Kids and adults alike can ride bikes, skates, wagons, etc., through the parade. Neighborhoods, civic organizations and political figures have the options of riding cars or floats. The parade is followed by a concert at 7 p.m. and fireworks at dark.
Where: It starts at the First Baptist Church of Decatur, 308 Clairmont Ave.
When: 6 p.m.
More info: Call 404-371-8386 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marietta’s Fourth in the Park
If an all-day celebration is what you’re looking for, then Marietta has got you covered. A full day of patriotism begins with a Freedom Parade and continues with a nonstop festival the rest of the day until fireworks at dusk. The celebration is free and boasts a float contest, Atlanta Concert Band performance, more than 80 arts and crafts booths and a kid zone.
When: The Freedom Parade begins at 10 a.m.
Where: Marietta Square
More info: www.mariettaga.gov/
AJC Peachtree Road Race
An Atlanta tradition for thousands who turn out to run the race, and for those who don’t but still come to watch and cheer them on anyway, the AJC Peachtree Road Race is a 4th of July favorite. If you’re more inclined to cheer than run, then you can start off the patriotic day by doing just that. A few area restaurants, such as Corso Coffee and Shake Shack, will be open early with specials for road race participants and spectators.
When: The race's main starting horn will sound at 7:30 a.m.
Where: The race spans from Lenox Square mall to Piedmont Park with plenty of places to watch along the way.
More info: www.atlantatrackclub.org/
Stone Mountain Park’s Fantastic Fourth Celebration
To see an event voted one of Atlanta’s best Fourth of July celebrations, flocks will gather on Memorial Lawn for the fireworks-laden visual feast that’s the Lasershow Spectacular. Park entrance is $15 per car. Picnics are allowed in the park and so is alcohol, with a few stipulations.
Where: Memorial Lawn at Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Drive, Stone Mountain
When: Laser show and fireworks kick off at 9:30 p.m.
More info: www.stonemountainpark.com/
A drink with a view
If watching the fireworks with a cocktail in hand is more your style, there are still many options for you. Buckhead bar such as at the W Atlanta and downtown bar Polaris (which is at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta) will be open for firework viewings. The Iberian Pig will be serving up specials for its patio fireworks viewing. And downtown, Pittypat's Porch roof is a prime location to watch Centennial Olympic Park's fireworks.
When: Most firework shows start at dusk (9ish), but arriving earlier to score a good seat is recommended.
More info: http://atlantarestaurants.blog.ajc.com/2015/06/25/patriotic-party-where-to-watch-4th-of-july-fireworks/
Alpharetta July 4th Festivities and Fireworks
Pack up your pets and your kids for this celebration. Pets on leashes and kids off leashes are welcome to attend Alpharetta’s Fourth of July fireworks at Wills Park. The event kicks off at dusk, but entertainment and children’s activities will be on the lawn behind Alpharetta Community Center from 6-9 p.m. The event itself is free, but some inflatables and other kids’ activities will have cash-only fees.
When: 6-10 p.m.
Where: Wills Park, 11925 Wills Road at Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta
More info: www.alpharetta.ga.us/