Where to Celebrate the 4th of July in Atlanta

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    Where to Celebrate the 4th of July in Atlanta

    July 4th, 2010 Fireworks Show in Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, GA
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    Independence Day in Atlanta is hot, hot, hot – and not just because of the sweltering heat. The city offers 4th of July events aplenty and there’s something for everyone. Whether you like jamming to live tunes, a rooftop soiree or a good, old-fashioned fireworks show, you’re bound to find something that tickles your fancy.

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    Annual AJC Peachtree Road Race

    U.S. service members participate in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race, a satellite addition to the world's largest 10K race, on Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan, July 4, 2013. The AJC Peachtree Road Race is run every Independence Day.
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    Annual AJC Peachtree Road Race  

    Date: Tuesday, July 4, 2017

    Location: The AJC Peachtree Road Race starts in Buckhead near Lenox Square Mall and ends in Piedmont Park.

    Need to Know: The AJC Peachtree Road Race is a good time for runners and spectators alike. Over 60,000 runners and walkers of all ages and abilities will test their speed while decked out in red, white and blue. Plan on taking MARTA (the Lenox station is the closest to the start of the race), as there’s no parking at the start or finish.

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    Georgia Aquarium's Red, White & Brew

    One of two resident male whale sharks in the Georgia Aquarium in the United States
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    Georgia Aquarium's Red, White & Brew

    Date: Saturday, July 1, 2017

    Time: 6:30-10:00pm

    Location: Oceans Ballroom

    Need to Know: The aquarium hosts Red, White & Brew, an adults only affair, giving the grownups a chance to celebrate America’s Independence in style in the aquarium’s Oceans Ballroom (say hi to the belugas!). Your ticket gets you a souvenir tasting glass, unlimited tastes of beer, dinner from Wolfgang Puck catering and a performance by The Regulars Band. You’ll also get to venture into the aquarium for some after-hours peeking. The best part? No need to worry about partying on a school night, this event kicks off the 4th of July weekend on Saturday.

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    Parties With a View

    4th of July at St. Cecilia Rooftop Party
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    Polaris, Sun Dial Restaurant, Whiskey Blue, St. Cecilia

    Date: July 4, 2017

    Polaris: 265 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

    Sun Dial: 210 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

    Whiskey Blue: 3377 Peachtree Road NE Atlanta, GA  30326

    St. Cecilia: 3455 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30326

    Price: Varies.

    Need to Know: If you want July 4th festivities without the hustle and bustle of the street, then these are your places to go. Check out the 4 best bars with a view.

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    Fantastic Fourth Celebration at Stone Mountain Park

    Stone Mountain, Lasershow, Atlanta
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    Fantastic Fourth Celebration at Stone Mountain Park

    Dates: July 1-4, 2017

    Location: 1000 Robert E Lee Blvd, Stone Mountain, GA 30083

    Price: The laser show and fireworks are free, and entry to the park with a one-day pass is $15 for each vehicle.

    Need to Know: Celebrate Independence Day anytime from July 2nd to July 5th at Stone Mountain Park, complete with the park’s famous Lasershow Spectacular. Expect a finale fit for the holiday: an exciting fireworks show choreographed to patriotic music each night of the celebration.

    Be sure to arrive at the park early, as access will be closed when capacity is reached.

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    Red, White & Brews Pub Crawl

    Friends drinking at a bar
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    Red, White & Brews Pub Crawl

    Date: July 1, 2017

    Location: The bar crawl kicks off at Lost Dog Tavern, 3182 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30305

    Price: Tickets start at $10 per person

    Event Time: 7pm - 2am

    Need to Know: Start your Independence Day pre-game early with the Atlanta Bar Tours' Red, White and Brews Pub Crawl. There will be USA-themed shots, various drink specials and live music as you pass through the seven different Atlanta bars.

    Start at Lost Dog Tavern at 7:00 p.m. and continue the night with stops at Churchill’s, Big Sky Buckhead, Hangovers, and others. IDs will be checked at each bar.

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    Terminus City Backyard Barbecue Bash

    Food served at a picnic table for July 4th.On the table are traditionally grilled dishes American hamburgers,hot dogs,ribs,french fries and condiments.
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    Terminus City Backyard Barbecue Bash

    Location: Revival, 129 Church Street, Decatur, GA 30030

    Price: Food and drinks beginning at $5

    Need to Know: If you like to celebrate America’s Independence with a side of noms, then these restaurants’ parties have your name on it.

    Join Atlanta’s favorite red-bearded chef, Kevin Gillespie, for a backyard bash at Revival from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on the 4th of July. Children and adults of all ages are invited to join in on family-friendly games (think: darts and cornhole) and tasty eats from Gillespie’s Emory’s Veteran Program.

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    4th of July at the Children's Museum

    Street view of Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta on June 12, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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    4th of July at the Children’s Museum

    Date: July 4, 2017

    Location: 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30313​

    Need to know: The Children’s Museum has a fun 4th of July in store for the kids! Beginning at 11:00 a.m. children of all ages can participate in a variety of activities that are sure to educate and entertain simultaneously. The day begins with a parade and indoor “fireworks” show (can you say bubble wrap?), and moves onto storytelling and dancing. There’s even a special 4th of July craft and lab project. The museum closes at 4:00 p.m.