Think back to summer 1996.
Bill Clinton was president and seeking a second term in the White House. OutKast’s “Elevators [Me & You]” was released. And the world was watching Atlanta, site of the Centennial Olympic Games.
This weekend, volunteers, fans and athletes will be able to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Summer Olympic Games and relive their favorite moments during a free event at Centennial Olympic Park.
The event, which will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, will include live entertainment, a fireworks show, food trucks and an Olympic and Paralympic volunteer reunion.
Gates open at 5 p.m.
Just be warned, the list of park don’ts is pretty long. To name a few, don’t bring coolers, grills, selfie sticks, umbrellas, tents, fireworks, alcohol or professional photo equipment.
Check traffic before heading out.
Northwest Corridor Express Lanes
One southbound lane will close between South Marietta Parkway and Delk Road from 8 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.
Two northbound lanes will close between Windy Hill Road and Delk Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday. They will close again from 9 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday.
Expect multiple lane closures near Barrett Parkway this weekend.
One northbound lane will close between Barrett Parkway and Bells Ferry Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday.
A traffic pace will take place between Barrett Parkway and Bells Ferry Road from 10 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday. Drivers should expect speed limits between 5 mph and 10 mph so contractors can work across interstate lanes.
One southbound lane will close between Barrett Parkway and the I-75 interchange from 8 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday. The lane will close again from 8 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday.
One northbound lane will close between Towne Lake and Ridgewalk parkways from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday. The lane will close again from 9 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday.
One westbound ramp will close between Powers Ferry Road and Cumberland Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday.
South Metro Express Lanes
Up to two northbound lanes will close between Hampton and Jonesboro roads continuously from 9 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday.
One southbound lane will close between Hudson Bridge and Jodeco/Flippen roads continuously from 9 p.m. Friday until 7 a.m. Monday.
Drivers can expect speed limits to be between 5 mph and 10 mph along McDonough Road as contractors work across interstate lanes from 9 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday. One southbound lane will also close between Ga. 81 and Ga. 155 from 9 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday.
One southbound lane will close between Lake Spivey Parkway and Hudson Bridge Road continuously from 9 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Monday.
One northbound lane will close between the I-675 interchange and Lake Spivey Parkway continuously from 9 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday.
On Hampton Road, one westbound lane will close at Willow Lane from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday. The lane will close again from 9 p.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Sunday.
One westbound lane will close between the I-285 interchange and Fulton Industrial Boulevard from 5 a.m. Saturday until 5 a.m. Sunday.
Two westbound lanes will close between the Downtown Connector interchange and Hamilton E. Holmes Drive continuously from 9 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday.
Three westbound lanes will close between McDaniel Street and Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday.
A partial closure will take place on the I-20 westbound ramps to Windsor Street and Langhorn Street from 9 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Saturday.
One eastbound lane will close between Riverside Drive and just after Thornton Road from 9 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday.
One eastbound lane will close between the I-285 interchange and the Downtown Connector from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.
The Thornton Road southbound entrance to I-20 eastbound will close from 9 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Saturday. Traffic traveling on Thornton Road to I-20 eastbound will make a U-Turn and enter the Thornton Road northbound entrance to I-20 eastbound.
The I-20 eastbound entrance and exit ramp to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive will close from 8 p.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Sunday. Drivers exiting off I-20 eastbound to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive will exit at Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard, turn right on Lowery Boulevard, turn right on Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard and return to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
Drivers entering I-20 eastbound from Martin Luther King Jr. Drive will take a detour to Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard, turn left, continue to Langhorn Street, turn left and enter I-20 eastbound on the Sells Avenue entrance ramp.
A rolling closure will take place between the Metropolitan Parkway southbound exit and the I-285 interchange nightly from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. The closure starts Friday and ends Monday morning. Lane closures will also take place between the Langford Parkway northbound exit and the I-285 interchange.
Two northbound lanes will close between Riverdale Road and Virginia Avenue nightly from 9 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday.
The Buford Highway on-ramp to I-285 southbound will close from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete rehabilitation. A detour will be in place during the closure.
Drivers traveling southbound on Buford Highway to I-285 southbound will make a right on Motor Industrial Way and continue on Motor Industrial Way. Just before Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, take the loop ramp to I-285 southbound.
Drivers traveling northbound on Buford Highway to I-285 southbound will make a left on Motor Industrial Way, continue on Motor Industrial Way. Just before Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, take the loop ramp to I-285 southbound.
Two eastbound lanes will close between Moreland Avenue to Jonesboro Road from 9 p.m. Saturday to 12 p.m. Sunday.
One northbound lane will close between Peachtree and MacFarland parkways continuously from 9 p.m. Friday until noon Monday.
Other state routes
On Clairmont Road, two lanes will close between North Decatur Road and Scott Boulevard from 6:45 a.m. to 8 a.m. Saturday for the Decatur DeKalb 4 Miler. Two more lanes will also close on Scott Boulevard.
On Freedom Parkway, one lane will close at Boulevard nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. The closures start Friday night and end Monday morning.
On LaVista Road, one southbound lane will close between I-285 and Briarcliff Road from 8 p.m. Sunday until 5 a.m. Monday.
On Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, one northbound and one southbound lane will close between North Shallowford Road and Club Drive from 8 p.m. Friday until 8 a.m. Saturday and from 8 p.m. Saturday until 8 a.m. Sunday.
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Rain to cool temps
Rain expected to begin Friday and last through Monday may break a streak of 90-degree weather this weekend.
The forecast calls for a highs of 89 degrees on Saturday and 91 degrees on Sunday, according to Channel 2 Action News.
Metro Atlanta faces an isolated risk of storms that could produce strong winds, heavy downpours and intense lightning Friday.
The “five-day forecast shows that we’ll have good chances of showers and storms tomorrow, too,” meteorologist Karen Minton said.
There is a 40 percent chance of storms Saturday and a 30 percent chance of showers Sunday.
Calling pop and country fans
Expect the unexpected.
You never know what will happen on the “Somewhere on a Beach” tour. And this year it’s bringing country music acts Dierks Bentley, Randy Houser and Cam & Tucker Beathard to Atlanta’s Lakewood Amphitheatre Friday.
Last year, a woman dressed as a flight attendant vomited on stage during Bentley’s performance of hit single “Drunk on a Plane,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
So don’t miss out this year.
The concert will start at 7 p.m., and tickets cost between $24 and $225.
If pop is more your speed than country, there’s something for you to do too.
Pop singer Shawn Mendes will play Fox Theatre this month, including a performance Sunday.
Known for his breakout hit “Stitches,” Mendes recently released a new single, “Treat You Better” from his upcoming sophomore album.
His show will begin at 7:30 p.m., and tickets cost between $52 and $162.
A field day for adults
Atlanta Field Day will offer the more coordinate among us the chance to win tug-of-war or a five-legged race.
Events will take place from noon to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Historic Fourth Ward Park.
Teams should be made up of eight or more players, and co-ed teams are encouraged. Individuals can sign up, too. They’ll be grouped together to form teams.
Costumes are encouraged.
Register through 11 a.m. Saturday at atlfieldday.com. Admission is $60 per person.
‘Da Kink in My Hair’
Get a session of hair therapy at playwright Trey Anthony’s “Da Kink in my Hair.”
Set in the salon of a West Indian hairstylist, the musical tells the stories of beauty clients prepping for special occasions and regular routines.
It opens at Horizon Theatre Company Friday, and tickets cost between $25 and $30.
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