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- Prelude to the 4th. On Thursday, July 3, the Aurora Theatre will present a free musical adaptation of South Pacific on the Historic Courthouse Lawn. The musical starts at 7:30 p.m., and a fireworks display will take place after the performance.
- Independence Day Concert on the Marietta Square. At noon on Thursday, July 3, the 116th Army Band will perform a free concert featuring patriotic music on the bandstand in Marietta Square’s Glover Park.
- Legendary 4th at Lenox Square Mall. Friday, July 4. There’ll be live musical entertainment by the winner of Lenox Square’s talent search, ‘Atlanta’s Next Star’ opens the show, Departure (Journey cover band), & Party on the Moon on the mall’s outdoor main stage starting at 6:00 p.m., and the fireworks display starts at 9:40 p.m.
- 4th of July Celebration at Centennial Park. Friday, July 4. There’ll be live music by JFly and Friends and Taylor Hicks. Gates open at 6 p.m., and the fireworks display starts at approximately 9:40 p.m.
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- Fourth of July Celebration at Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Friday, July 4. This could be a good pre-fireworks activity if you’ve got little ones & you’re planning to head to Centennial Park for fireworks. Starting at noon, kids can create American flags to wave in a parade led by Imaginator Jerry G. White and his drums, and there’ll be an indoor Imagination “fireworks” display (hint: This involves bubble wrap); activities included with admission.
- Pied Piper Parade, Concert & Fireworks on the 4th. Friday, July 4. Decatur’s 4th of July Pied Piper parade sounds like fun. The parade starts at 6:00 p.m. and winds its way through downtown Decatur. Participants include you and anyone else who chooses to follow along with their decorated bicycles, skateboards, wagons, etc, as it passes by. The Callanwolde Concert Band performs at 7:00 p.m. at the Community Bandstand, and the fireworks display starts at approximately 9:00 p.m.
- Mall of Georgia’s Fabulous Fourth on Friday, July 4. Starting at 5:00 p.m., there’ll be live music with performances by Brent Gafford Band & The Woody’s, plus the kids can burn off energy in the Kid Zone. The fireworks show starts at dusk, and there’ll be a post-fireworks screening of Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
- July 4th Festivities and Fireworks at Wills Park in Alpharetta. Friday, July 4. There’ll be children’s activities, live music by The City Band & Serious Business, & a fireworks display at dusk.
- July 4th on the Marietta Square. Friday, July 4. The Marietta Independence Day Parade steps off at 10:00 a.m. at Roswell Street Baptist Church, heads west on Roswell Street, north on East Park Square past Glover Park, down Cherokee Street & ends at North Marietta Parkway. Following the parade, stick around for a Fourth of July Festival, featuring an arts & crafts show, live music by the Atlanta Concert Band & John King, & a fireworks beginning at dusk.
- Dunwoody 4th of July Parade. The parade steps off at 9:00 a.m. on July 4 at at All Saints Catholic Church and marches down Mt. Vernon Road to Dunwoody Village.
- 4th of July Celebration at Six Flags Over Georgia. July 4-6. Anyone who brings a can of Coca-Cola, along with park admission or season pass, will be admitted an hour early, letting you ride Goliath, Dare Devil Dive, Batman: The Ride, Gotham City Crime Wave, and Mind Bender starting at 9:30 a.m. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. each night.
- Fantastic Fourth Celebration at Stone Mountain Park. July 3-5. There’ll be fireworks & the all-new Lasershow Spectacular each evening. Technically, the lasershow is free, but if you drive in, you’ll need to cover the $10 parking fee unless you have an annual parking pass.
- The Atlanta Braves will have a post-game fireworks display after the July 4 game vs. the D-backs.
- The Gwinnett Braves will have post-game fireworks after the July 4 game vs. the Durham Bulls.
Now for the rest of the ‘burbs…. By some accounts, our metro area extends to Chattanooga (Chatlanta), Alabama (AtlantaBama), & every other direction until it’s no longer feasible to drive into the city for work. There are countless celebrations taking place around the metro area. Translation: I cannot possibly list them all. To find one near you, just Google your city’s name and look for the events page on the website. If you want to plug your area, please post a comment, preferably with a link.