Whether you’re looking for an explosive fireworks display or a bit of easy-peasy patriotism, Atlanta’s serving up some seriously great options for family-friendly Fourth of July festivities this year. From local to day-trippable, you’ll find plenty of red, white, and blue for everyone. Read on for your best options to celebrating independence day with all your pint-sized patriots.


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Centennial Olympic Park July 4th Celebration
Celebrate Independence Day with fun and entertainment for the entire family, including downtown Atlanta’s best fireworks display, synchronized to a special selection of patriotic and popular music. Remember, MARTA is definitely SMARTA for getting to this event.

Marietta St. at Centennial Olympic Park Dr.
Online: centennialpark.com

The Pied Piper Parade, Concert, and Fireworks in Decatur
Decorate your bicycle, skateboard or wagon and walk, ride, or skate in the Pied Piper Parade as it winds through the streets of downtown Decatur at 6 p.m., followed by a concert on the square featuring Callanwolde Concert Band at 7 p.m. and fireworks at dark. Free admission. 

E. Court Square at W. Ponce de Leon Ave.
Online: visitdecaturga.com


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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.

Five Concourse Pkwy.
Online: sandyspringsga.org

Marietta’s Fourth in the Park Celebration
If you’re looking for a small town atmosphere that’s an easy drive from Atlanta, look no further than Marietta and its annual Fourth in the Park Celebration. The Marietta Freedom Parade begins at 10 a.m. at Roswell Street Baptist Church and travels west on Roswell Street, north on East Park Square past Glover Park and the Square, down Cherokee Street and ends at North Marietta Parkway, and be prepared for a serious turn-out by arriving early, packing hats, and applying sunscreen. Following the parade, be sure to hit the festival for food concessions, arts and crafts, and carnival rides that are sure to wow the kids. Free admission.

Parade Begins: 774 Roswell St.
Online: marietta.gov


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Funbelievable Fourth at The Georgia Aquarium
Head to The Georgia Aquarium this Fourth of July for a Funbelievable Fourth celebration, kicking off at 7 p.m. in the Oceans Ballroom with a stunning view of beluga whales, whale sharks and manta rays while enjoying summertime beverages and desserts. Later head to the top of Georgia Aquarium’s parking deck for carnival games, arts and crafts, and a live DJ. Don’t forget your chairs and blankets for the Centennial Olympic fireworks show at 9:40 p.m. Non-Member Adult $22.75, Non-Member Child $18.20.

225 Baker St. NW
Online: georgiaaquarium.org

AJC Peachtree Road Race
The AJC Peachtree Road Race has distinguished itself as one of the premier Fourth of July traditions in Atlanta with its festive atmosphere, scenic city course and coveted race T-shirt. Join the fun as one hundred and fifty thousand spectators line the sides of Peachtree Road to enjoy the world’s largest 10K. If you’re going to be one of them, you’ll need to pick your spot, and pick it early. Our recommendation: find a place where you can obtain refreshments, shade and, of course, a good view of the course. For musical motivation live bands will be playing at many spots along the course. Free spectator admission. 

Race Begins: 3393 Peachtree Rd.
Online: atlantatrackclub.org


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Legendary Fourth of July at Lenox Square
Celebrate at Lenox Square’s 57th annual Legendary Fourth of July with over 10,000 fireworks at one of the largest fireworks displays in the Southeast. This year’s activities will include a 15-minute fireworks show, musical entertainment, and food concessions. Be sure to arrive early for the just-after-dark fireworks show. Free admission.

3393 Peachtree Rd.
Online: simon.com

Henry County Fireworks Extravaganza in McDonough
Come party with the entire family this THIRD of July at Richard Craig Park. The Henry County Fireworks Extravaganza has so much to offer including a play area for kids, inflatables, live music, and concessions. The best part? VIP Tailgate spots are available by reservations (call 678-432-4399). Gates open at 4 p.m. and fireworks start after dark. Free admission; $10 parking. 

125 S. Zach Hinton Blvd.
Online: hcfireworks.com

How will you celebrate freedom this 4th of July? Share with us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey & Jessica Obenschain