Break out your red, white and blue. Independence Day is near and it’s time to don your patriotic best and grill some burgers, knock back some cold drinks and ooh and ahh as brass bands march past or explosions fill the sky. Here are some of the places in and around Reporter Newspapers communities where you can get your Fourth on.
The Dunwoody 4th of July Parade is the largest in the metro area. It steps off at 9 a.m. July 4 at the corner of Mount Vernon and Jett Ferry roads. There will be floats, marching bands and after-parade activities.
The Sandy Springs Stars and Stripes Celebration is actually on July 5, with music from Shiloh at 7:30 p.m. followed by fireworks at 9:45 p.m. at the King and Queen buildings. The official viewing area will be located on the lawn at the Concourse Corporate Center, located at Five Concourse Parkway. Visitors are encouraged to pack a snack, bring a blanket, and enjoy an evening under the stars. For more information, visit sandyspringsga.org.
Chamblee’s Fourth of July Celebration features fireworks, a bike parade and performances by The Rockaholics and Rupert’s Orchestra. Events start at 5 p.m. July 4 at Keswick Park. The quarter-mile-long bike parade rolls from Chamblee Middle School on Sexton Woods Drive shortly before 5 p.m.
The 46th annual Peachtree Road Race kicks off the holiday with 60,000 people taking part in the massive morning jog from Buckhead to Midtown. As usual the race starts at Lenox Square and makes its way down Peachtree Street to 10th Street and Piedmont Park. The wheelchair race begins at 6:43 a.m. and the foot race at 7:30 a.m. Spectators are strongly encouraged to take MARTA, which will begin running at 5 a.m. on race day. Many restaurants and bars will be open along the route to watch the race, so check with your favorite watering hole. For more information, visit peachtreeroadrace.org.
The Legendary Fourth of July at Lenox Square features live music and one of the biggest fireworks displays in the country. Lenox Square shops and restaurants will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 4. Entertainment begins at 6 p.m. with Gump Fiction and Party on the Moon. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at approximately 9:40 p.m. Parking will be almost impossible, so visitors are encouraged to take MARTA. Pets are not allowed. For more information, visit simon.com.
The Centennial Olympic Park’s 4th of July Celebration will begin at 6 p.m. with fireworks scheduled around 9:40 p.m. There will be entertainment and live music, too. Visitors are encouraged to take MARTA to Philips Arena/GWCC or Peachtree Center stations, and don’t forget the Atlanta Streetcar stops at Centennial Park. For more information: centennialpark.com.
Decatur’s July 4th Pied Piper Parade will wind through downtown Decatur on July 4 and the community is invited to join in by decorating your wagon, riding a bike, skating or walking in the event. Line-up is at 5:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Decatur; the parade begins at 6 p.m. and ends at the Community Bandstand on the courthouse square. The Callanwolde Concert Band will play at 7 p.m. and fireworks will follow at dark. For more information, visit visitdecaturgeorgia.com.
The Georgia Aquarium Red White & Brew is July 4 from 7 to 10 p.m. with beer, food and live music in the Oceans Ballroom. Guests will move to the aquarium’s parking deck rooftop to watch the fireworks at Centennial Park around 9:40 p.m. Tickets range from $15 to $55, and proceeds go to the aquarium’s educational and summer camp programs for kids. For more information, visit georgiaaquarium.com.