Sandy Springs fireworks

Fireworks light up the sky over the King and Queen Buildings at the city of Sandy Springs’ 2017 Stars and Stripes Celebration event.

A year after all local July 4 in-person events were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Independence Day celebrations, including fireworks displays, are returning.

Here is a rundown of July 4 weekend activities throughout the area:

SweetWater cookout

SweetWater Brewing Co., 195 Ottley Drive in Atlanta, will host the 4th of July Kickoff July 2 from 4:20 to 10:30 p.m. Skyballs, Atlanta’s Phish tribute band, will perform starting at 7 p.m. The event will also include a Big Green Egg smoke-out and shakedown activities. Admission is free and food and drink will be for sale.

Peachtree Road Race

The Peachtree Road Race, organized by the Atlanta Track Club, will celebrate its 52nd anniversary this year. The race is normally held on one day, but the 2021 event will take place July 3 and 4 to allow for more social distancing amid the pandemic, so participants have two options. Also, individuals can participate virtually.

On each day, the race will start in Buckhead near Lenox Square mall and conclude at Piedmont Park in Midtown. Normally, more than 60,000 runners and walkers of all ages and abilities participate, but this year’s field may be lower due to pandemic-related restrictions. The first group of participants will start at 6:45 a.m.

Though the deadline to register for both the in-person and virtual race has passed, watching the race from the sidelines has become an event in and of itself.

Children’s Museum

The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, located at 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive in downtown, will host its July 4 event starting at 10 a.m.

In addition to its regular programs, the museum will also host a Super Spectacular Science Show where attendees will learn about the science behind fireworks. They can also make red, white, and blue slime at the Science Bar.

There will be three sessions: one from 10 a.m. to noon, another from 1 to 3 p.m. and a third from 4 to 6 p.m. The science show and a July 4-themed Storytime will take place in the last two sessions, and the Science Bar and Creative Café will be open during all three sessions.

Chastain Park

Chastain Park in Buckhead will host its annual Fourth of July parade starting at 11 a.m. at the park’s Hilltop Field, located on Chastain Memorial Parkway, the one-way street behind the playground.

Walkers and bikes are welcome. After the parade, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., attendees can gather at the playground for food trucks, a petting zoo, bouncy houses and games.

Ponce City Market

The Roof at Ponce City Market will host a July 4 celebration from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The event will include an all-you-can-eat low country boil, which will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. and include poached Georgia shrimp, slow-roasted barbeque pork, a summer harvest salad and desserts like apple pie and banana pudding. There also will be special July 4 entertainment and treats from noon to 4 p.m.

Admission-only tickets are $30 for adults and children over 3 and free for kids 3 and under, and include unlimited access to boardwalk games, mini golf, the Hegee Tower and the three-story slide. All-day tickets are $65 for adults, $45 for children 4 to 12 and free for kids 3 and under, and include access to the low country boil.

Sandy Springs

The Sandy Springs Stars & Stripes Fireworks Celebration will take place July 4 at City Green, Sandy Springs’ park at its City Springs complex, after previously being held at the Concourse Corporate Center.

Starting at 7:30 p.m., The Rupert’s Orchestra will perform a variety of songs from the Top 40, Motown, classic rock and swing genres. The fireworks display will start at 9:30 p.m.

“After last year’s event was canceled due to COVID-19, I’m excited to see the community coming together once again to celebrate our nation’s 245th birthday under the stars at City Springs,” Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul said in a news release.

Attendees can bring their own food, nonalcoholic beverages, blankets and chairs, but only alcoholic beverages sold on site are permitted. Food trucks, which open at 6 p.m., and City Springs’ restaurants will have food for sale. Tents and personal sparklers are not allowed.

Dunwoody parade

The Community Assistance Center, a Sandy Springs-based nonprofit that aids residents in need in that city and in Dunwoody, will host a food drive during the annual Dunwoody 4th of July Parade, which will take place July 5 at 9 a.m.

The parade starts at the intersection of Mount Vernon and Jett Ferry roads and will end at the Dunwoody Village shopping center. Lunch will follow the parade at 11:30 a.m.

Boy Scout Troop 764, based at St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church in Dunwoody, will send scouts with grocery carts to collect food donations for the center. The most-needed items are canned meats such as tuna and chicken, canned pastas, canned or packaged fruit, cereal and rice.

The 2020 parade was cancelled due to the pandemic, but scouts collected about 400 pounds of food from parade-goers the previous year. The center’s food pantry provides food for more than 500 families each month.


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