There will be fireworks bursting in air rather than actual “bombs,” but there will be a great deal of “red glare” to view as Buckhead and Sandy Springs residents and visitors celebrate the 243rd birthday of the United States July 4.

Here is a rundown of Independence Day activities throughout the area:

SweetWater cookout

SweetWater Brewing Co., 195 Ottley Drive in Atlanta, will host a Fireworks and Big Green Egg Cookout July 3 from 4:20 to 10 p.m. Guests are invited to enjoy fireworks over the brewery and bites and brews from chef Nick Anderson.

Admission is free, but a limited number of VIP tickets are available for $75 per person. They include a complimentary buffet, four beer tokens redeemable for SweetWater brews and front-row seats to the fireworks show. As a partner of the event, Cornhole ATL will be putting on a charity cornhole tournament to benefit the Chattahoochee RiverKeeper as part of the #SavetheHooch campaign.


Peachtree Road Race

One of the premier Fourth of July attractions in Atlanta, the Peachtree Road Race, organized by the Atlanta Track Club, will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year.

The race will begin in Buckhead near Lenox Square mall and conclude at Piedmont Park in Midtown.

More than 60,000 runners and walkers of all ages and abilities will take part, with the first group of participants starting at 6:25 a.m.


Chastain Park

The Chastain Park Civic Association invites you to celebrate the nation’s independence at the annual Chastain Park July 4th Parade from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The association invites those in Chastain Park’s neighborhoods to parade down West Wieuca Road in Buckhead in this Chastain tradition. The association stated it hopes to see residents of surrounding neighborhoods to “step out in their patriotic best.”

Those participating are asked to decorate their bikes, strollers, golf carts and themselves to score bragging rights for the adults – and prizes for the youngsters. A panel of secret judges will be keeping an eye out for the following award categories: most patriotic attire, best decorated stroller and best decorated bike, wagon and golf cart.

Association members are reminding participants that best doesn’t mean prettiest, and are encouraging participants to get as silly, creative and flamboyant as possible. After the parade, there will be a family fun zone at the Chastain Tennis Center lawn with entertainment, games and activities.

There will be also several food/treat vendors offering items to purchase.


Children’s Museum

The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, located downtown, will conduct its July 4 activities starting at 11 a.m. They include an Independence Day Parade at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., a 4th of July Sing-Along at 1 and 4 p.m., a Spectacular Science Show at noon and story time at 3 p.m. There will also be a special Messy Thursday Program from 10:30 to 12:30 p.m. featuring some patriotic (but messy) snack and science interactive experiences available all day.

The Science Bar will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Old Fourth Ward

In partnership with Old Fourth Ward Business Association, Ponce City Market is hosting the second Fireworks in Fourth Ward to celebrate July 4. The event is free and open to the public, and the community event will be held across the street from Ponce City Market at Historic Fourth Ward Park from 5 to 11 p.m.

Guests are invited to bring a picnic or enjoy food from local vendors and food trucks where frozen treats will also be served. In the park, there will be live music from local Atlanta band Sucker Punch. Once the sun sets, the evening will culminate in a grand fireworks show, and DJ Q-Tip will be spinning a soundtrack coordinated with the display.

The Fourth of July fireworks show can also be seen from The Roof at Ponce City Market during their annual Fourth of July Rooftop Bash. The bash will include barbecue, drinks, live music and entertainment but is a ticketed event. VIP admission is $75 for adults 20 and older, $35 for children 13 to 20 and $25 for children 4 to 12.

Early bird general admission (through July 1 at 11:30 p.m.) is $30 for adults and children 13 and older and $15 for children 4 to 12. General admission (at the door starting at 5 p.m.) is $40 for adults and children 13 and older and $20 for children 4 to 12. All tickets are free for children under 4.

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Georgia Aquarium

The Georgia Aquarium in downtown Atlanta will celebrate Independence Day with Red, White & Brew with unlimited beer and cider samples, a classic BBQ dinner, live music and over 500 aquatic species.

It will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. in the aquarium’s Oceans Ballroom with views of beluga whales, manta rays and whale sharks.

To cap off the evening, guests are invited to assemble on the top floor of the aquarium’s parking deck for a view of the Atlanta skyline and Centennial Olympic Park’s Fourth of July fireworks celebration.

Tickets are $50 for members and $65 for nonmembers, and all attendees must be 21 or older.



The Georgia World Congress Center Authority is bringing its annual Fourth of July Celebration back to Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta starting at 7 p.m. The show was moved to the International Plaza last year while the park was being renovated.

The free event features the Southeast’s biggest fireworks show and includes a variety of food trucks and a special set of music provided by DJ Yvonne Monet. The fireworks show will begin at 9:45 p.m. Visitors under 17 are required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian 25 or older at all times.


Sandy Springs

The city of Sandy Springs will host its annual Stars and Stripes Celebration July 4 at the Concourse Corporate Center lawn. Free parking opens at 6:30 p.m., the band Bogey & The Viceroy will begin at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks will dazzle the sky beginning at 9:45 p.m.

Those attending are encouraged pack a picnic, bring a blanket and enjoy this Independence Day tradition.

“Our fireworks celebration has become one of the area’s most anticipated events of the summer, with friends and neighbors, including those in surrounding communities, gathering to watch what always is a spectacular display,” Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul said in a news release.

Admission is free and there will be several food trucks on hand for guests who don’t pack a picnic and want to buy dinner, drinks or dessert. In addition, those attending are encouraged to pack a snack and bring soft-sided balls, Frisbees plus other kid- and crowd-friendly items.

However, tents, outdoor cooking and personal-use sparklers are not permitted in the Concourse area. Drones are not permitted in the Concourse or fireworks areas.



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