Happy Independence Day, Atlanta! While the big shows are on hold until next year, Atlanta families have plenty of ways to show their patriotism. From getting crafty at home to taking it to the streets, we’ve got everything you need to have a spectacular Fourth of July. Keep reading for the details, below.

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Hands-On Fun

Get Crafty
‘Tis the season for red, white and blue! Get into the patriotic spirit by making a cool 4th of July craft with your kids. We’ve gathered up a bunch of easy, festive crafts that will give your Independence Day a little extra oomph. Find details here.

Have a Kiddie Parade
When it comes to the 4th of July, riding in the kiddie parade is easy with a little imagination and a few supplies. Deck out your kids’ wagons, bikes, and trikes for the biggest and best birthday bash of the year, and a great socially distant activities with a few precautions. Find everything you need to know here.

Cook Up Some Red, White, & Yum
This year, even if you don’t do a huge party with friends, it’s still easy to make your 4th of July extra special by whipping up a few festive appetizers, snacks and some creative dessert ideas, too. For the recipes, click here.

Hike Stone Mountain
The 1-mile Walk-Up Trail is open daily from dawn to dusk, and on a haze-free day, you can see 60 miles from the mountain. Here’s how.

Pay a Visit to Zoo Atlanta
Zoo Atlanta has re-opened, but you must purchase tickets in advance on a timed ticketing system to limit the number of guests inside the Zoo at any given time. Tickets may only be purchased online, and all transactions within the Zoo will be paperless (no cash). Expect to see all the favorite animals, but rides are closed until further notice. For more info, click here.

Visit an Alpaca Farm
Spend some time with beautiful alpacas during a socially-distanced barn tour at Creekwater Farm. On the barn tour, you and your family will be able to get in the pen with alpacas and pet and feed them. They also have goats, bunnies, and pigs, which means this barn tour is a great outdoor activity to do with your friends and family. Click here for the details.

Go Fishing
With these local fishing spots, your kids will fall hook, line, and sinker for this easygoing past time that doesn’t break the bank or require tons of planning—but can still allow for responsible social distancing while getting out of the house! For the price of a fishing license (available online) and the time it takes to get there, you’re guaranteed to catch a whopper of a memory.

Visit Butterflies at CNC
The year’s most popular exhibit at the CNC is back for its 7th summer. Get up close and personal with hundreds of native butterflies surrounded by colorful nectar plants. Visitors must purchase admission tickets in advance, which include a date and time to visit the center. Members will also be required to make a reservation for their visit, and guests inside the butterfly tent will be limited. Here’s the scoop.


Virtual Adventures

Celebrate Independence Day with the NY Historical Society
Celebrate Independence Day with the New-York Historical Society. The have a whole day’s worth of programming planned, including a speech by Frederick Douglass delivered by historical interpreter Joel Cook, a deep dive into Jackie Robinson’s legacy of activism with the Jackie Robinson Museum, and sing-alongs that give voice to struggles and hopes throughout American history. Find out more here.

Online July 4th Oration
Using the 1852 address by Douglass as a framework, the Oration examines issues of liberty, citizenship, civic engagement and social responsibility from the historical perspective in light of contemporary injustice. Check it out here.

Spend July 4th with the National Archives
Join the National Archives for its first-ever virtual July 4th celebration. The National Archives will lift the words of the Declaration of Independence off of its well-worn parchment paper and bring them to homes across the country online, while providing a host of educational activities for the whole family. For more info, check this out.

Check out our incredible virtual adventure calendar here for more options!

—Shelley Massey


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