Best places to watch 4th of July Fireworks in metro Atlanta

4th julyThere will be wonderful explosions of colors and sounds in the skies above metropolitan Atlanta on the 4th of July. Most of the cities and towns have a cornucopia of events planned that precede or surround the fireworks.
Most of the events will include live music, games, prizes, races, parties, barbecues and other events
Take a look at many of the 4th of July-themed events planned for Friday afternoon and evening. Most of the events are open and free to the public — but you are advised to get to your chosen event or events early as to procure prime viewing.
City of Atlanta:
4th of July at Centennial Olympic Park. Gates open 6 p.m. July 4. Fireworks begin about 9:40 p.m. Free. Centennial Olympic Park 265 Park Ave. W., Atlanta.
The finale of the evening is Centennial Olympic Park’s Fireworks Spectacular, Atlanta’s best fireworks display synchronized to a special selection of patriotic and popular music.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race: The 6.2 mile event kicks off the holiday with 60,000 runners making their way down Peachtree Street. Even if you don’t have a race number, it’s worth checking out.
Atlanta Braves vs. Arizona Diamondbacks. Cheer on the Braves then stay around for the fireworks. 7:35 p.m. July 4. Turner Field, 755 Hank Aaron Drive, Atlanta.
Lenox Square 4th of July. 10 a.m. July 4. Fireworks at 9:40 p.m. Free. 3393 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta.
Red White & Brew. If you want an upscale and special experience, catch the Centennial Olympic Park fireworks from the roof of the Georgia Aquarium. 6-10:30 p.m. July 4 $55 ($45 for members), 21 and older only.  225 Baker St., Atlanta. 404-581-4000.
4th of July Fireworks in suburban Atlanta, according to WSB-TV: 

  • Acworth’s 4th of July concert and fireworks. Concert begins at 5:30 p.m. Fireworks at dusk (9:30). Free.
  • Alpharetta’s July 4th Fireworks and Festivities. Celebrate Independence Day with family and friends at Wills Park. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m.,  behind the Alpharetta Community Center. Fireworks begin at dusk. Wills Park 1825 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta, 678-297-6133,
  • Auburn July 4th Festival & Fireworks. 5 to 11 p.m. July 4th. 1369 Fourth Ave., Auburn.
  • Austell – Six Flags Over Georgia. Rides and attractions, fun games and fireworks show. Guests who arrive 7/4-7/6 with a Coca-Cola can, can get in an hour early. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. on all three nights.
  • Buford – Mall of Georgia 12th annual Fabulous Fourth. Kids Zone opens 5 p.m. July 4th for games, water balloon toss.  Fireworks begin at dusk. Free. Post-fireworks screening of “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (rated PG-13). Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Drive, Buford. 678-482-8788,
  • Calhoun  – The Star Spangled Celebration opens at 5 pm. Fireworks at 10 p.m.
  • Clayton County – 4th of July at “The Beach” – July 4 – Event from 1-7 p.m. Fireworks at dusk. $10 per person.
  • Chamblee Fourth of July Celebration. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. July 4th. Free. Keswick Park, 3496 Keswick Drive, Chamblee. 770-986-5016,
  • Covington – Independence in the Park Music Fest – Downtown Covington Square.
  • Cumming’s July Fourth Celebration. Fireworks July 3rd at 9:30 p.m. Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road, Cumming. Steam Engine Parade July 4th at 10:00 a.m. – Downtown square.
  • Dahlonega – Celebrate Independence Day in Dahlonega, Georgia on July 4th. Downtown Dahlonega & UNG Drill Field
  • Dalton – 4th of July Celebration -July 4th. Festivities begin at 2:00 p.m. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. at Heritage Point Park. 1275 Cross Plains Trail, Dalton, Georgia.
  • Decatur’s July 4th Pied Piper Parade. Decorate your wagon, ride your bike, skate or walk in this parade. Fireworks begin at dark July 4th. Parade begins at 6 p.m. and ends at the Community Bandstand on the square, with a concert by the Callanwolde Concert Band at 7 p.m. Free. 404-371-8386,
  • Douglasville – July 4th Celebration –July 4th. Parade begins at 10:00 a.m. Fireworks will start at dusk. Fireworks can be viewed from Arbor Place mall front parking lot. 
  • Duluth Celebrates America. July 3rd Celebration – Duluth Town Green. July 3rd from 6-9 p.m.
  • East Point Hometown Celebration. Saturday July 5th from  5-11 p.m. across from East Point MARTA station.  404-270-7059,
  • Flowery Branch – Sterling on the Lake – July 5th. Music at 5:30 p.m., Fireworks at dusk. $15 per car for non-residents.
  • Gwinnett County – Gwinnett Braves vs. Durham Bulls. Friday July 4. Fireworks extravaganza immediately after game. 
  • Hall County – Fourth of July Fireworks at Laurel Park  American Legion Fireworks Display – 3100 Old Cleveland Highway, Gainesville. $5 per car.
  • Heard County – Fireworks and Street Dance – Friday July 4th 5 p.m. Downtown Franklin.
  • Henry County Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza. Festivities begin at 1 p.m. Includes live music, car show, kids play area, a saloon and fireworks at dusk. Nash Farm.
  • Kennesaw’s Salute to America.  July 3rd Fireworks. Free concert at 6 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Downtown Kennesaw.
  • Lake Lanier –  LanierWorld – 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford Ga. Fireworks at dark.
  • Lawrenceville – Prelude to the Fourth – Lawrenceville’s renowned Aurora Theatre will perform a Broadway Musical with a full orchestra, followed by a dazzling fireworks display! Begins at 7:00 p.m. at 185 Crogan Street, Lawrenceville, 30046.
  • Lilburn – Sparkle in the Park Music, food and fireworks. A1A, the Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show, will have a family-friendly concert.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket. 5:30-10 p.m. Lilburn City Park, 76 Main St., Lilburn.
  • Marietta – Fourth in the Park. Day-long celebration. July 4th 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Glover Park on the Marietta Square
  • Monroe – Freedom Fest – July 4th. Event begins at 5:00 p.m. at Athens Tech Campus, 121 Blaine Street. Fireworks at dark.
  • Newnan Rotary Club’s Independence Day – 4th of July parade at 9 a.m. Main Street Newnan. Fireworks celebration – Drake Stadium. Gates open at 5 :30. 
  • Norcross – Red, White & BOOM!. 4 p.m. block party. Live music at 6 p.m. Fireworks at dusk. July 3rd. Free. Lillian Webb Park, 5 College St., Norcross. 678-421-2000.
  • Peachtree City  – The parade begins at 9 a.m. July 4th on Peachtree Parkway at Braelinn Golf Course. 4th Fest 5 pm- 9 pm at City Hall Plaza. Firworks 9 pm-10pm Drake Field.
  • Roswell’s Annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza. Fireworks at dusk. July 4th.  Sweet Apple Elementary School – 12025 Etris Road.
  • Sandy Springs- Community Fireworks Display –Fireworks July 5th. Festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks at 9:45 p.m. Viewing will be at Concourse Corporate Center Lawn: Five Concourse Parkway. Local residents are encouraged to pack a snack.
  • Snellville – Star Spangled Snellville. Independence Day Celebration on the Towne Green. July 4th starting at 3 pm. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
  • Stone Mountain – Fantastic Fourth Celebration at Stone Mountain Park. Enjoy the Lasershow Spectacular, followed by a fireworks July 3-5 on the lawn. Begins at dusk. $10 daily parking pass or $35 for annual parking permit, U.S. 78 E., Stone Mountain.

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