Really Big Fourth of July Shows in Atlanta

If you like a really big bang to celebrate America's birthday, try one of these huge Atlanta shows this Fourth of July.
  • Fourth of July in Atlanta begins with the Peachtree Road Race.
    Fourth of July in Atlanta begins with the Peachtree Road Race.

Atlanta loves a fun Fourth of July celebration, and 2019 festivities are sure to please. Whether you are celebrating America’s birthday at a metro Atlanta location or at one of the more traditional ATL venues listed below, there are concerts, parades and children’s events happening in and around town.

  • AJC Peachtree Road Race
    Be one of 150,000 spectators cheering on the 60,000 participants in the country's largest road race. The Peachtree Road Race takes place along the course's 10-kilometer route from Peachtree Road at Lenox Square Mall to Piedmont Park. This year marks the 50th running of this Atlanta tradition, a morning of fun for runners and spectators alike.  

  • Georgia World Congress Center/Centennial Olympic Park Fourth of July Celebration 
    The Georgia World Congress Center Authority has partnered with The Coca-Cola Company to bring its annual Fourth of July celebration back to Centennial Olympic Park. Fireworks begin at 9:45 p.m. Visitors younger than 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian 25 years of age or older at all times. The gates open at 7 p.m. Expect food trucks and a set by DJ Yvonne Monet beginning at 7:30 p.m.

  • Stone Mountain Park Fantastic Fourth Celebration
    The Fantastic Fourth Celebration runs from July 1 through 7, with a patriotic fireworks display following the Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision every night. Stone Mountain Park was voted "Best Place to See Fireworks" by readers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, a "Must-See Fireworks Show" by USA Today and one of Reader’s Digest’s picks for "America’s Most Spectacular Fourth of July Fireworks." The nightly show begins with music and ends with a bang.

  • Red, White & Brew at the Georgia Aquarium
    Celebrate Independence Day at Georgia Aquarium with beer and cider samples, a barbecue dinner and live music. The event occurs in the Oceans Ballroom where there are views of beluga whales, manta rays and whale sharks. When it's time for fireworks, guests head to the top floor of the aquarium's parking deck for a view of the Atlanta skyline and the Georgia World Congress Center/Centennial Olympic Park fireworks show. Tickets include admission, a souvenir tasting glass, music, the dinner and the fireworks show. We've heard the whale sharks are excited. 

  • Fireworks in the Fourth Ward
    Leave Fido at home when you venture to the Old Fourth Ward for the second annual Fireworks in the Fourth Ward celebration. It's a free family event with entertainment, food trucks and, of course, a big fireworks show. Bring blankets and chairs but leave grills and tents at home. 

Check out our Fourth of July page for more patriotic fun.

Journalist Carol Carter writes and edits for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.

This blog post was originally published in 2016.

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