There is so much to celebrate this weekend, Atlanta! Happy Independence Day weekend (click here for a full listing of Fourth of July fun), happy first weekend of July, happy Fry An Egg on the Sidewalk Day, and happy Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day. So while the fireworks are sparkling, the temperature is rising, the eggs are sizzling, and the ice cream’s dripping, you’ll be partying. Read on to find out where to go this happy, happy, happy, happy weekend.

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Photo: Nate Gowdy


The Little Pirate Mermaid at Center for Puppetry Arts
Ahoy, Mateys! Hoist up the main sail and get ready for Hans Christian Andersen’s tale with a swashbuckling musical twist. What’s in store for the Mermaid Princess turned helpful pirate and her buccaneer beau? Take the plunge and see this exciting marionette adventure featuring a bountiful ocean of puppets, unique characters, original music, stunning stage effects, and bubbly action! Held at Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th. Show times vary (no shows July 4); see website for details. $20.50/ person; Children under age 2 are free. Ages 4 & up. Event details.

Stone Mountain

Fantastic Fourth Celebration
Fantastic Fourth Celebration was voted the “Best Place to see Fireworks in Atlanta” by Atlanta Journal-Constitution readers, a “Must-See Fireworks Show” by USA Today and one of Reader’s Digest’s picks for “America’s Most Spectacular Fourth of July Fireworks.” Enjoy the Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision followed by a special, patriotic fireworks finale all three nights of the weekend. Held at Stone Mountain Park, Highway 78 East. Attraction Hours: 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Lasershow and Fireworks: 9:30 p.m. Free with your $10.00 vehicle fee to enter the Park. All ages. Event details.

Sandy Springs

Stars and Stripes Celebration
Sandy Springs’ Stars and Stripes Celebration is a community picnic (pack your own!) and fireworks extravaganza set to local music, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Remember to leave your pets, tents, and personal fireworks at home. Held at Concourse Corporate Center, Five Concourse Pkwy. Free. Sun. music begins at 7:30 p.m. with fireworks after dark. All ages. Event details.


Live Butterfly Encounter
Hand-feed more than 200 free flying butterflies and learn how you can attract these beautiful creatures to your garden. Butterfly host and nectar plants will be available for sale. Held at Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd. Adults, $10; ages 3-12, $6; ages 2 and younger, free. Fri. and Sat. from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sun. from noon-4:30 p.m. All ages. Event details.


Slip and Slide 
Head to Acworth’s Dallas Landing Park for a slip and slide you (and your kids) won’t forget down a 175′ long waterside. Who knew we had the “World’s Largest Inflatable Water Slide” in our backyard? Held at Dallas Landing Park, 5120 Allatoona Dr. Fri.-Sun. from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. $16 for unlimited slides/ person, $8 for unlimited slides in 1 hour/person, $4 for 1 slide/ person. 42″ tall and potty trained. Event details.

Stargazing and Hot Chocolate at Red Top Mountain State Park
Just 30 minutes north of Atlanta, Red Top Mountain State Park hosts Friday night stargazing—complete with telescopes, binoculars, and experts—and of course, hot chocolate. Held at Red Top Mountain State Park , 50 Lodge Road SE. Fri. Meet by 9 p.m. at the Visitor Center. $5 for parking, event is free. All ages. Event details

What and where are you celebrating this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey