Fireworks will light up the sky all over metro Atlanta on July 4th. Cities and towns, parks, malls and other venues usually do more than set off rockets, sparklers and firecrackers, though. Many also host live music, games and other activities to help you party the day and evening away.
Here’s your guide to some of the best shows and events in town, with something for everybody - and something near everybody. Most are free.
Read carefully, some events are July 2nd or 3rd.
City of Atlanta:
4th of July at Centennial Olympic Park. Gates open 6 p.m. July 4th. Fireworks begin around 9:40 p.m. Free. Live music. Centennial Olympic Park 265 Park Ave. W., Atlanta.www.centennialpark.com.
The finale of the evening is Centennial Olympic Park’s Fireworks Spectacular, Atlanta’s largest fireworks display synchronized to a special selection of patriotic and popular music.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race: The 6.2 mile event kicks off the holiday with 60,000 runners making their way down Peachtree Street. Even if you don't have a race number, it's worth checking out. Event starts at 6:43 am on July 4th.
Lenox Square 4th of July. Musical entertainment, food concessions, and fireworks show. July 4th. Fireworks at 9:40 p.m. Free. 3393 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta. www.simon.com/mall/lenox-square
Red White & Brew. July 2nd. Celebrate the 4th early with unlimited beer, food, and live music while enjoying scenic views of beluga whales, manta rays and whale sharks at the Georgia Aquarium. 7-11 p.m. $65 ($50 for members), 21 and older only. 225 Baker St., Atlanta. 404-581-4000. www.georgiaaquarium.org.
Funbelievable Fourth. July 4th.The Georgia Aquarium’s family-friendly celebration with food, festivities, music, and of course, views of over 500 aquatic species. Enjoy a spectacular view of the Centennial Olympic Park firework show from the Aquarium’s rooftop. 7-10 p.m. $25 for adults / $20 for children ($22.75 / $18.20 for members). 225 Baker St., Atlanta. 404-581-4000.www.georgiaaquarium.org
July 4th. Celebrate Independence Day with family and friends at Wills Park. Festivities begin at 6 p.m., behind the Alpharetta Community Center. Fireworks begin at dusk. Wills Park 1825 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta, 678-297-6130, www.alpharetta.ga.us
Athens - Independence Day Celebration
July 1st. Enjoy free music and festivities in the streets of downtown Athens, starting at 5 p.m. Fireworks begin at dusk.
Auburn July 4th Festival & Fireworks
July 2nd. 5 to 11 p.m. Family fun, food, games, music, and activities. Fireworks on July 4th. 1369 Fourth Ave., Auburn. www.cityofauburn-ga.org.
Austell - Six Flags Over Georgia
Thrilling rides and attractions, fun games and fireworks show. Guests who arrive 7/3-7/5 with a Coca-Cola can, can get in an hour early. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. on all three nights.www.sixflags.com/overgeorgia
Buford- Mall of Georgia 14th Annual Star Spangled Fourth
July 4th. Event opens at 5 p.m. Free concerts begin at 5 p.m. in the Village Amphitheatre. Fireworks display scheduled to begin at dusk. Post-fireworks screening of Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (rated PG-13).www.simon.com/mall/mall-of-georgia
July 4th. Parade through downtown begins at 6 p.m. Fireworks show will be held at Riverstone with music and dancing. Fireworks begin at dusk. Location: Riverstone Boulevard, Canton, GA 30114, USA www.canton-georgia.com
July 4th. Fireworks Watch Hike. 8:15 PM - 10:00 PM @ Pine Mountain Recreation Area (West Trailhead).
July 2nd-4th. Enjoy live entertainment and fireworks at international park “The Beach.” Firework Show starts at dusk. $10 per person. 770-477-3766. www.claytonparks.com
July 4th. 5:00PM: Bike parade from Chamblee Middle School to the Keswick Park soccer field. Festivities and live music. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.www.chambleega.com
July 4th. Main Street Covington Independence on the Square. Festivities begin at 2 p.m. 770-385-2077. Fireworks begin at dusk.
July 3rd Celebration at Cumming Fairgrounds, 6-11 p.m. Free admission and parking. Fireworks start at 9:30 PM. July 4th Steam Engine Parade at 10:00 AM. www.cummingfair.net
July 4th. Begins with the annual Firecracker 5/10k at 7 a.m. Live music and festivities up until fireworks begin at dark. Downtown Dahlonega & UNG Drill Field. Free. (706) 864-3711. www.dahlonega4thofjuly.com
July 4th. Festivities begin at 2:00 p.m. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. at Heritage Point Park. 1275 Cross Plains Trail, Dalton, Georgia. Free. Pool and splash pad open on July 4th from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. with $2 admission. mydprd.com
July 4th. Pied Piper Parade. Decorate your wagon, ride your bike, skate or walk in this parade, line up begins at 5:30 p.m. Parade begins at 6 p.m. and ends at the Community Bandstand on the square, with a concert by the Callanwolde Concert Band at 7 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Free. 404-371-8386.
July 4th. “Living in America” Parade begins at 10:00 a.m. Fireworks at dusk. Free. 6695 Church Street Douglassville, GA 30134 (678) 449-3124.
Duluth Celebrates America
July 3rd. Music, food and festivities on Duluth Town Green. 6-11 p.m. Fireworks show at 10 p.m. (770) 476-3434. www.duluthga.net
East Point Hometown Celebration
June 30th-July 4th. Carnival at the East Point Commons across from East Point MARTA station. 3-11 p.m. Bring blankets and chairs and enjoy art, food, and live music. Fireworks on July 4th at 9:30. 404-270-7059, www.downtowneastpoint.com.
July 2nd. Star Spangled Beach Party. Live music 3-9 p.m. Parade assembly 4 p.m. Parade starts at 6 p.m. $25 float entry fee.
Gwinnett County - Gwinnett Braves vs. Norfolk Tides
July 4th. Fireworks extravaganza immediately after game. Game begins at 7:05 p.m. gwinnettbraves.com
July 4th. Independence Day Celebration - Parade at 10 a.m. on Taylor Street. Fireworks at dusk. Festivities will take place at the Kiwanis Fairground prior to fireworks at 1025 S Hill St. Griffin, GA 30224. www.cityofgriffin.com
July 1st. Friday Night Drags and Fireworks at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Show starts at 9-10 p.m. $20 to drag race. $8 general admission. 1500 N. U.S. 41, Hampton. 770-946-4211www.atlantamotorspeedway.com
Hall County - Fireworks at Laurel Park
July 2nd. Gates open at 9 AM. Sports facilities, playground, sprayground and dog park are open to the public. Fireworks begin at 8 p.m. $5 per car. American Legion Fireworks Display - 3100 Old Cleveland Highway, Gainesville.
July 2nd. GMC SummerFEST. Food, festivities, music and fireworks on the Chattahoochee. 5 – 11:30 p.m. Fireworks begin at dusk. Court Square, downtown Franklin. Free. (706) 675-0560 www.heardchamber.com
July 4th. Fireworks start around dusk behind the Alpine Village Shoppes and Helen Welcome Center. (706) 878-2181. 8016 S. Main St. Helen, GA 30545
Henry County Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza
July 3rd. Festivities begin at 4 p.m, including a car show, 5k run, cornhole tournament, and children's area with inflatables. Fireworks at dusk. Richard Craig Park in McDonough, 125 S. Zack Hinton Blvd. (678) 432-4399 www.hcfireworks.com
Kennesaw’s Salute to America
July 3rd. Free admission. Concert starts at 6 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Downtown Kennesaw.www.kennesawjuly3.com.
July 1st to 3rd at LanierWorld. July 1: Concerts from 3-11 p.m. July 2: Live music all day, fireworks at 10 p.m. July 3: DJ from 2-6 p.m. Fireworks at 10 p.m. 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford Ga. (770) 945-8787. www.discoverlakelanier.com
July 3rd. Prelude to the Fourth - Lawrenceville’s renowned Aurora Theatre will perform a Broadway Musical with a full orchestra, followed by a dazzling fireworks display! 7:30-10 p.m. 210 Luckie Street, Lawrenceville, 30046. (678) 226-2639
July 4th. Sparkle in the Park. Music, food and fireworks. 5:30-10 p.m. At 7:30 GLOW will have a family-friendly concert. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, coolers are allowed. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. Lilburn City Park, 76 Main St., Lilburn.www.cityoflilburn.com
July 4th. Fourth in the Park. Day-long celebration. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Parade, free live concerts, museum tours, arts and crafts show, food, carnival games, and fireworks finale. Fireworks when dark. Glover Park on the Marietta Square www.mariettaga.gov
July 4th. Freedom Fest. Festivities begin at 6 p.m., concert at 7 p.m. Athens Tech Campus, 121 Blaine Street. Free. Fireworks at dark. (404) 992-5050 monroedowntown.com
Newnan Rotary Club’s Independence Day
July 4th. Parade at 9 a.m. Newnan Rotary Club Fireworks celebration @ Drake Stadium. Free. Gates open at 5:30 festivities begin at 6 p.m. Fireworks begin at dusk.www.mainstreetnewnan.com
July 3rd. Red, White & BOOM! 5-10 p.m. block party. Inflatables and vendors. Fireworks at dusk. Free. Lillian Webb Park, 5 College St., Norcross. 678-421-2000.aplacetoimagine.com
July 4th. The parade begins at 9 a.m. on Peachtree Parkway at Braelinn Golf Course. Fireworks at Drake Field start at dusk. 151 Willowbend Rd. www.peachtree-city.org
Roswell's Annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza
July 4th. Starts at 5:30 p.m. Carnival games, food and fun. Live music starts at 6 p.m. Sweet Apple Elementary School - 12025 Etris Road. Fireworks begin at dark. BBQ & Bluegrass 11 a.m to 5 p.m. on the Barrington Hall Grounds 535 Barrington Dr.www.roswellgov.com
Sandy Springs Fireworks Display
July 3rd. Parade 9 a.m Mount Vernon Rd Fireworks. Live music starts at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks at 9:45 p.m. Viewing will be at Concourse Corporate Center Lawn: Five Concourse Parkway. Local residents are encouraged to pack a snack. www.sandyspringsga.org
Star Spangled Snellville. Independence Day Celebration on the Towne Green. July 4th starting at 4 pm. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. www.snellvillepride.com/
Fantastic Fourth Celebration at Stone Mountain Park. Enjoy the Lasershow Spectacular, followed by fireworks July 1-4 on the lawn. Attraction hours 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Laser show & Fireworks: 9:30 p.m. $15 daily parking pass or $40 for annual parking permit. U.S. 78 E., Stone Mountain.www.stonemountainpark.com
Fireworks will be at Helton Howland Memorial Park the night of July 2nd. On July 4th, the parade will begin at 1 p.m. in downtown Tallapoosa. 678.416.1401.
Villa Rica Fireworks Extravaganza
July 3rd. 5:00-10:00 p.m. The Villa Rica Sports Complex, 1605 Highway 61, Villa Rica. 678-840-1430. www.villaricaparks.com
Woodstock’s Festival in the Park
July 4th. Freedom Run at 7:15 a.m. Parade at 10 a.m starts at Woodstock Elementary School on Rope Mill Road. Events after parade go until 3 p.m., at City Center. Fireworks at dusk behind the Target shopping center at Hwy 92 and I-575.www.woodstockga.gov.