This weekend’s going to be a sizzler. From early Fourth of July festivities to free fun around town, your crew of firecrackers is going to be popping with excitement. Read on for details on everything you need to know to put a grand finale on the week!

Photo: Callaway Gardens

Druid Hills

Jazz on the Lawn at Callanwolde
Callanwolde’s Jazz on the Lawn showcases a lineup of Atlanta’s finest jazz treasures performing a mix of classic and contemporary jazz, swing, salsa, fusion, smooth and blues, in a perfect setting for summer outdoor concerts. Guests are invited to bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy these concerts surrounded by the natural beauty of the Callanwolde Amphitheater. Fri. Event details. 

Stone Mountain

Dinosaur Explore at Stone Mountain Park
Check out 14 species of prehistoric dinosaurs in Stone Mountain Park’s “Dinosaur Explore” exhibit. The prehistoric creature collection features more than 20 life-size dinosaurs with special effects allowing them to move and roar just like their ancient ancestors, available on “Attractions Open” days and included in a daily Adventure Pass and an annual Mountain Membership. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Fantastic Fourth Celebration
Why wait until the Fourth of July to celebrate? For the price of parking, enjoy one of the South’s most spectacular fireworks displays and a patriotic laser show at Stone Mountain. Sat. & Sun. Event details. 


Cinderella Della Circus at Center for Puppetry Arts
With high-flying thrills, Cinderella Della Circus brings puppetry and the circus together with fairytale magic. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


CreATE-ATL at The Woodruff Arts Center
Explore, play, learn and create art in an interactive, family-friendly environment including free activities. To participate in the free activities happening each Sunday, register through event details. Sun. Event details.


Build a Bug House at Home Depot Kids Workshop
Head to this hands-on workshop where you and your child can build and paint a bug house you can use to get a closer look at some many-legged friends in your own backyard. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Sat. Event details.

Sandy Springs

Stars and Stripes Fireworks Celebration
The skies above Sandy Springs will sparkle and sizzle as the City hosts its fifth annual Stars and Stripes Celebration fireworks event. Pack a picnic and enjoy an evening under the stars. Complimentary parking officially opens at 6:30 p.m. and will be available in Concourse Parking Decks Five and Six. Music from the band Shiloh begins at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks begin at 9:45 p.m. Pets, tents, outdoor cooking and personal-use sparklers are not permitted in the Concourse area. Sun. Event details. 


Farmer’s Market on The Square
Head to The Square for over 60 vendors on Saturday (year round) and over 25 vendors on Sunday (April-October), and find heirloom tomatoes, fruits and vegetables that are rarely, if ever, available from the grocery store, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, squash, beans, amazing cut flower arrangements, local honey, herbal soaps, whole grain breads, fudge pies, jelly, jam and preserves. You’ll also find live garden, yard and culinary herb plants, not to mention fresh squeezed lemonade. Sat. Event details.


Summer Puppet Series: Robin Hood
Bringing world-class puppetry to Roswell, the Roswell Summer Puppet Series showcases 7 family-friendly performances in their summer season, including Robin Hood, playing on Friday before a break over the holiday weekend. Fri. Event details. 

Butterfly Encounter at Chattahoochee Nature Center
Flutter on over for a special outdoor exhibit that’s included with General Admission and free to CNC Members. Get up close and personal with hundreds of native butterflies surrounded by colorful nectar plants. Photo opportunities abound, be sure to bring your camera! Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

Worth the Drive: Cartersville

Sonic Sensations at Tellus Science Museum
Hop up the road to Cartersville for a Sonic Sensation—a fun and informative exhibit of sound. Interactive stations teach visitors about the science behind how we hear. See how our ears work, experiment with pitch, measure the frequency of sounds, conduct an invisible orchestra, and more. You can even measure your own decibels in the Scream Chamber! Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

Worth the Drive: Pine Mountain

Star Spangled Beach Party at Callaway Gardens
The celebration begins early and lasts well into the night at Callaway’s annual July 4th Star Spangled Beach Party at Robin Lake Beach. Highlights include beach games, live music, the FSU Flying High Circus and their annual Fireworks Extravaganza. Overnight packages are available, as are day trip admission options. Sat. & Sun. Event details. 

How will your weekend sparkle? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey