Community Barbecue, Conyers
July 4 — rain or shine — starting at noon, Levett Funeral Home of Conyers hosts the annual free Community Barbecue. Games, prizes for children and live music featured throughout the day. Food and barbecue will be served noon to 6 p.m., at the Veal Street Park in Conyers. 770-483-9885.
Walk of Heroes Veterans Memorial, Conyers
July 4, 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The Walk of Heroes Veterans War Memorial, located in Black Shoals Park, will be specially open for the Fourth of July. An information booth will be available on the Memorial, paver program, and sustaining member program from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Black Shoals Park will not be open for lake activities. walkofheroes.org.
Panola Mountain walk, Stockbridge
July 4, 8:30 p.m. Join a ranger for a leisurely stroll to the top of Panola Mountain. Enjoy a panoramic view of Atlanta’s Fourth of July night. Bring water and bug spray. Register in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. 2600 Ga. Highway 155, SW. 770-389-7801.
Independence in the Park, Covington
Postponed to Saturday, July 6, due to rain, Independence in the Park 2013 will take place from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 6 at the historic Covington Square. Bands will be performing throughout the day, with special guest Bo Bice, who won second place in the 2005 season of “American Idol,” performing at 8:30 p.m.
There will be face painting, inflatables, specialty vendors and food available. Fireworks begin at 9:45 p.m. This year’s sponsors include McKibben Music, Main Street Covington, the City of Covington, Ginn Motors, and The Covington News.
Porterdale Parade and celebration, Porterdale
The city of Porterdale has postponed festivities to Saturday, July 6, due to the possibility of severe weather today. Fourth of July parade will begin at 4 p.m. No pre-registration for the parade is required, but participants are asked to show up several minutes before and to dress festively in red, white and blue. Line-up will take place at Porterdale Baptist Church. After the parade, local band TNG will be playing from 5 to 9 p.m., and a cage-wrestling match will take place between 5 and 8 p.m. Fireworks will follow.
Oxford Parade, Oxford
Has been canceled this year due to weather concerns.
Loganville Parade, Loganville
July 4, starting 9:50 a.m. See the Loganville 4th of July Parade organized by the American Legion Post #233. The parade starts at Bay Creek Elementary, goes to Main Street, Camp Street, and ends at Loganville Elementary. loganvillejuly4thparade.com.
Freedom Fest, Monroe
July 4, gates open 5 p.m., main stage music starts 6 p.m., fireworks around 9:30 p.m. The Freedom Fest will be held at the Old Monroe High School Legion Field and Blaine Street Elementary. This free event features live music, activities for children, free food and fireworks. Freedom Fest is a Community Christian Festival that is hosted by the volunteers from churches and other community organizations.
Fantastic Fourth Celebration, Stone Mountain
July 4–6, 10:30 a.m. to 10:15 p.m. (Lasershow 9:30 p.m.) Stone Mountain Park celebrates the 46th annual Fantastic Fourth Celebration. The Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision featured each night on July 4, 5 and 6 followed by a special, patriotic fireworks finale on all three nights. Free with $10 park entry or $35 annual parking permit.
Pied Piper Parade, Decatur
July 4, starting 6 p.m., Join Decatur’s July 4th Pied Piper Parade as it winds through downtown Decatur. Parade line-up is at the First Baptist Church of Decatur at 5:30 p.m. It ends at the Community Bandstand on the square with a presentation of colors and the Star Spangled Banner. The concert, featuring the Callanwolde Concert Band, begins at 7 p.m. in the Community Bandstand. Fireworks begin approximately 9 p.m.
Splash Fountain debut atnZoo Atlanta, Atlanta
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.
Red, White and Brew Beer Fest, Atlanta
July 4, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. The Georgia Aquarium hosts a Fourth of July celebration and beer tasting on the roof of its parking deck, with prime viewing for the Centennial Park fireworks. Live music provided by The Yacht Rock Revue. Ages 21 and up. Tickets $55 per person in advance, $65 at the door.
Lenox Square, Atlanta
Celebrate in grand tradition with activities for the entire family with children’s activities, live entertainment, food and don’t miss the largest fireworks display in the Southeast.
Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta
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.
Fab Fourth at Mall of Georgia, Buford
Family-friendly fun, music, concessions and fireworks. After the fireworks, there will be a free screening of “Playing for Keeps’’ on a 55-foot screen. Bring blankets and lawn chairs.
All-American Celebration with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will play patriotic tunes outdoors at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. There will also be a fireworks show. Tickets $15 – $35