You have options aplenty when it comes to July 4th celebrations and fireworks in Atlanta. Head on over to the larger metro area locations or plan something smaller at one of the neighborhood community celebrations.
One of the favorite downtown locations for most Atlantans is Centennial Olympic Park. Entertainment commences early afternoon and they have music and activities, concessions and other attractions to keep you busy until the grand finale of fireworks. Against the Atlanta downtown backdrop, this is one of the more beautiful fireworks views you can find in the city.
You can also choose to view the fireworks from the Georgia Aquarium as part of their Red, Blue and Brew celebrations. It is a 21+ only even though so for a family friendly version you can visit Red, Blue and View. The event includes food and beer, music and the viewing on the rooftop garage space.
Another intown venue folks flock to for the fireworks is Lenox Square Mall. This is the largest fireworks celebration in the Southeast and includes entertainment and music starting early afternoon leading to the grand fireworks finale. This location is accessible by public transportation and includes lots of parking but beware the crowds!
Many smaller neighborhoods host their own July 4th fireworks celebrations mainly to gather the community in a local setting. Saves time on transporting your party to another venue and allows for some low-key celebrations as well.
Decatur hosts a celebration on the square starting with the Pied Piper Parade through downtown Decatur followed by a concert on the square and then the fireworks. Marietta hosts a similar celebration with a parade, concerts, arts show, food and games as does Sandy Springs where they do the fireworks over their signature King and Queen buildings. The city of Dunwoody also has a celebration featuring floats and a parade, food and fun and then fireworks.
Keep in mind though that parking will be difficult to find if you are driving to any location so plan to be there ahead of time. Some locations allow pets and some don’t, so check the respective event venue website for more details. Picnics and such also vary from one venue to the other and while some might allow foldable chairs, others might not. And though it is peak summer, remember that the weather can change any minute so having some towels and umbrellas on hand wouldn’t harm anyone.
Remember to have a safe and fun celebration. Happy July 4th!