Although many will take advantage of the long weekend and travel for the 4th of July, there are plenty of patriotic events happening in and around Atlanta, for those who stay put. Here are some of the events taking place downtown and throughout the metro area.
Barbecue and beer fest! Celebration takes place on the top floor of the Aquarium parking deck, offering unparalleled views of the fireworks display from Centennial Olympic Park. Proceeds go to benefitting Georgia Aquarium’s education initiatives. Must be 21 or older.
Time: 8 pm-midnight
Raise your flag with an exciting evening of patriotic sing-alongs, Tchaikovsky’s stirring 1812 Overture, and a jaw-dropping fireworks show. Conductor Bridget Reichl returns after last season’s triumphant performance.
Price: tickets start at $8, free this weekend for military personnel
Time: Friday @ 7:35pm, Saturday and Monday @ 7:10pm, Sunday @ 1:35pm
The Braves are honoring America and the military all weekend with fireworks shows on Friday, Saturday, and Monday nights as well as special pre-game military salutes on Sunday and Monday. In addition, all weekend, active, reserve, and retired military receive free admission, and family members can buy tickets half-price. Yacht Rock Schooner will perform live before the game on Monday, as well.
Price: Free with annual parking pass or $10 parking
Time: Festivities all weekend long, beginning at 10 am on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Lasershow Spectacular begins nightly at 9:30 pm.
Stone Mountain Park has been hosting a July 4 celebration for nearly half a century. New this year: Lasershow Spectacular has been enhanced with MountainVision, so what better time to go? The laser show will immediately be followed by fireworks. Note that park could close admission to visitors early if parking capacity is reached.
While it's too late to register, spectators are welcome to line the edges of Peachtree Road to cheer on the runners. First run in 1970, "the Peachtree" has become an Atlanta 4th of July tradition. Over 115,000 spectators alone are expected, so if you plan to go watch, head over there early to stake out a spot. The AJC has dedicated an entire section of the web site to the sport of spectating, so be sure to check it out (click above) for tips on where to go.
Fireworks at Lenox Square have been a tradition for years, and with good reason. This year's show promises to be one of the largest fireworks displays in the country, with over 4,000 shots fired. "Party on the Moon" will take the stage at 7:30pm, providing live music until the fireworks start. Get there early to get a parking space and a good viewing spot.