Though the Conyers Fabulous Fourth festival is on hold this year due to budget constraints, there are still plenty of nearby festivities to celebrate the Fourth in style.
Community Barbecue, Conyers
July 4, starting 11:30 a.m., 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 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., at the Veal Street Park in Conyers. 770-483-9885.
Walk of Heroes Veterans Memorial, Conyers
July 4, 1 p.m. – 7 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. Black Shoals Park will not be open for lake activities. www.walkofheroes.org
Horse Park, Stars and Stripes Circuit, Conyers
June 29-July 8, daily 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. The AQHA Sanctioned Full Quarter Horse Show Sponsored by the GQHA and is a Split Combined Show at the Charles Walker Arena. The show begins each day at 8 a.m. and ends approximately 8 p.m.
July 4-8, The Georgia Quarter Horse Association presents its 2012 Big "A" Circuit Horse Show in Charles Walker Arena, . This almost week long show has classes in Halter, Hunter U/Saddle, Equitation, Pleasure Driving, Showmanship, Horsemanship, Reining, Western Pleasure, Walk-trot, Barrel Racing, Pole Bending and many others. 706-429-8620, www.gqha.com.
Oxford Parade, Oxford
July 4, starting 10 a.m., Oxford will be hosting its annual parade. Community members who would like to be in the parade should sign in by 9:30.
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 School, goes to Main Street, Camp Street, and ends at the Loganville Elementary School. www.loganvillejuly4thparade.com
Porterdale Parade and Independence Day celebration, Porterdale
July 4, starting 4 p.m. Porterdale celebrates the 6th Annual Independence Day Celebration. The parade starts 4 p.m. on Main Street. Line up will begin at 3:45 p.m. on East Palmetto St by Porterdale Baptist Church. Music begins 3 p.m. with Phil Thompson performing at 3 p.m., followed by Americopia and Studio 253, featuring Isaac Bramblett, from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Cage wrestling begins at 7 p.m. to be followed by fireworks.
Newton County Community Band July 4th concert, Covington
July 4, 5 p.m. Enjoy a selection of patriotic music performed by the Newton County Community Band under the direction of Mr. T.K. Adams in the Downtown Covington Square.
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.
Fantastic Fourth Celebration, Stone Mountain
July 3-4, 10:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. (Lasershow 9:30 p.m.) Stone Mountain Park celebrates the 45th annual Fantastic Fourth Celebration. The Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision featured each night on July 3 and 4 followed by a special, patriotic fireworks finale on both nights. Free with $10 park entry or $35 annual parking permit.
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 Highway 155, SW. 770-389-7801.
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 Area High School football field. This free event features live music, activities for children, free food and fireworks. Main stage performers include Oswald Brothers Band, Byron “Mr. Talkbox” Chambers, Justin Melton Band. At the Blaine Street Elementary stage, starting 5 p.m., bands include Sacred Romance 8:28 Praise Band, Beloved Worship, File Music, and the Good Hope Christian Praise Team.
Salute to the Red, White and Blue Hometown Celebration, East Point
July 4, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. Downtown East Point holds its 4th of July Celebration featuring a Carnival Midway July 4-8, watermelon and pie eating contest, special musical performances throughout the day and evening, fantastic food, beer and margaritas. Located across from the East Point MARTA station.
Lenox Square, Atlanta
Celebrate in grand tradition with activities for the entire family children’s activities, live entertainment, food and don’t miss the largest fireworks display in the Southeast.
Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta
An all day free festival ending with a spectacular fireworks display.
Red, White and Brew Beer Fest
July 4, 6 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. The Georgia Aquarium hosts a Fourth of July celebration and beer tasting on the roof of their parking deck, with prime viewing for the Centennial Park fireworks. Live music provided by The Yacht Rock Revue. Age 21 and up. Tickets $55 per person in advance, $65 at the door.
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