Heading to the ATL for some fun on the Fourth? You have plenty of options:
Centennial Park is planning a day-long, bang-up celebration filled with family fun, and, of course, fireworks. Those attending can cool off by splashing in the fountain, and there will be face-painting, arts and crafts and more beginning at noon. The grand finale that evening will be the Air Tran Airways Fireworks Spectacular, featuring synchronized patriotic music.
You also can head out to the ballgame, as the Atlanta Braves play host to the Florida Marlins. After nine innings of, fans hope, booming bats, there will be a spectacular fireworks show over the ballpark.
The AJC Peachtree Road Race will bring out the fleet of foot, and the family and friends eager to cheer them on. Some 150,000 spectators are expected to line the 10K course from Peachtree Road at Lenox Square to Piedmont Park to cheer on 55,000 runners.
Fourth of July on Marietta Square, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 4, will feature an arts and crafts show; a Freedom parade at 10 a.m.; a concert by Scott Thompson at noon; a bell-ringing ceremony at 2 p.m.; and in the evening, floats, a concert by Gary Bates and fireworks.
Fantastic Fourth, at Stone Mountain Park, will feature the 46th annual patriotic fireworks show July 4-6.
Lenox Square will offer games for children, music, concessions and, of course, fireworks.
The 11th annual Fab Fourth at Mall of Georgia will feature family-friendly fun, including music, concessions and fireworks. After the fireworks, there will be a free screening of “Playing for Keeps’’ on a 55-foot screen. Those attending should bring blankets and lawn chairs.
Red, White and Brew, at the Georgia Aquarium, will offer all kinds of beer, music from Yacht Rock Schooner, a BBQ buffet by Wolfgang Puck Catering, and a prime view of the fireworks at Centennial Park. Admission is $55 in advance and $65 per person July 3 and July 4. Red, White and Brew is for ages 21 and up.
A Booming Block Party, at the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel and Conference Center, will feature food, music by DJ Soul and a prime viewing spot for the fireworks show at Lenox Square.
Six Flags Over Georgia, July 4-7, will feature fab fireworks in addition to its rides and other attractions.
Splash Fountain will make its debut at Zoo Atlanta on July 4. Presented by the Atlanta-Fulton County Recreation Authority, the cool attraction will be open daily. Admission will be free with general zoo admission.
Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Thursday Thunder on July 4 will feature Papa John’s pizza, a fireworks extravaganza and an autograph session.
Callaway Gardens Star Spangled Beach Party, on July 4, will feature a party on Robin Lake Beach, and in the evening, fireworks and live music.
Nash Farm in Hampton will feature a car and motorcycle show, the Firecracker 5K/10K, bingo, and, of course, fireworks.