Celebrate the 4th of July
at one of Atlanta's many events complete with live music, food, fireworks and films. But while fireworks may be synonymous with the 4th, so is the heat. Keep safe and celebrate
at the same time with a few quick tips.
Bring along extra water, sunscreen, bug spray and a hat to deflect the heat and stay hydrated. Keep an eye out for first aid stations at the events in case you need to cool down or request emergency medical attention. Organize blankets, lawn chairs and toys for the kids to save on costs at the event. And don't forget to pick a meeting point with your group just in case.
Dubbed as downtown Atlanta's best 4th of July display, Centennial Olympic Park
features fireworks synchronized to patriotic and popular music. Visitors who need a reprieve from the heat can stroll through the Fountain of Rings or let the kids splash around before the show.
The Southeast's largest 4th of July celebration, Lenox Mall in Buckhead features a Kid Zone, live music and fireworks with a patriotic soundtrack. Come early to shop and then grab a spot near the main stage to beat the crowd of some 200,000 visitors.
Just outside Atlanta, Stone Mountain's Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision
lights up the evening sky. Neon laser lights create dancing characters and stories set to popular music complete with fireworks. 'Mountainvision' allows visitors to experience the show with 3-D like effects without the need for glasses. Spend the afternoon before the show hiking the mountain and shopping at Stone Mountain Village.
On July 4, 1970, 110 runners set out to run 6.2 miles through Atlanta to what is now Piedmont Park. Swollen to over 60,000 runners, the Peachtree Road Race is a July 4th favorite where locals come out to cheer on friends and strangers. A wheelchair division, women's professional footrace and men's professional footrace are also on the annual roster.
Check the Braves roster for post-game fireworks displays on the 3rd and 4th of July. Ask for tickets facing the Atlanta skyline for a spectacular view during the fireworks celebration. Get to Turner Stadium early to take a tour of the Braves museum to learn more about the history of baseball, see old-fashioned uniforms and other artifacts.
Families looking for ways to celebrate the 4th in patriotic style head to Atlanta's Chlidren's Museum
to make American flags and funglasses in red, white and blue. The kids sing along to Star Spangled Banner and Your'e a Grand Ole Flag. After an afternoon at the museum, head across the street to Centennial Olympic Park for the fireworks display and slip on the funglasss to enhance your fireworks experience.
Head out to Six Flags Over Georgia for a day coasting on the Scream Machine, Cyclone and Batman the Ride before cooling down at Thunder River. Look for live shows like Rhythm and Grooves and Pop 40 before finding a spot to relax at dusk for the 4th of July fireworks display.
Enjoy a night of classical music and fireworks display at the Verizon Wireless Ampitheater
. The Atlanta Symphony plays crowd favorites like the Star Spangled Banner, Stars and Stripes Forever and Broadway tunes from Jersey Boys, Hello Dolly!
and Funny Girl
among others. It's the perfect spot for veterans, music lovers and kids who want to spend the evening outdoors.