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lenoxfireworksSince the 4th of July falls on a Thursday this year, you’ve got quite a few options to see fireworks or celebrate the holiday in other ways, both on Independence Day & the days surrounding it.

Don’t know where to go? Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Prelude to the 4th. On Wednesday, 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.
  • Legendary 4th at Lenox Square Mall. Thursday, July 4. There’ll be live musical entertainment by Sons of Sailors, Wesley Cook, Trey Daniels, & 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.
  • And if you’re heading to Lenox with little ones, check out the ticket deal at Legoland Discovery Center. Through Friday, July 5, 2013, all walk-up tickets are $11 each. Even better: Service men and women with ID (fire department, police department and military) pay only $5 each for a walk-up ticket.
  • 4th of July Celebration at Centennial Olympic Park. Thursday, July 4. Gates open at 6 p.m., and the fireworks display starts at approximately 9:40 p.m.
  • Fourth of July Celebration at Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Thursday, July 4. This could be a good pre-fireworks activity if you’ve got little ones & you’re planning to head out to Centennial Park for fireworks. Starting at 2:00 p.m., kids can create American flags & decorate water bottle holders & funglasses in red, white, and blue. Plus, there’ll be a parade led by Imaginator Jerry G. White and his drums as well as a “firework” extravaganza; activities included with admission.
  • Atlanta Symphony Orchestra: All American Celebration at Encore Park on Friday, July 5. The concert starts at 8:00 p.m., and it’ll be followed by a fireworks display. You can save 50% on tickets to the All-American Celebration, thanks to an offer on PoshDealz. Seats are in the 102-104 section of the amphitheater. Or with the Me + 3 deal on Ticketmaster, you can buy three tickets to the All-American Celebration & get one free, no coupon code required. The deal is valid for tickets in select sections only.
  • Pied Piper Parade, Concert & Fireworks on the 4th. 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 Thursday, July 4. Starting at 2:00 p.m., there’ll be live music with performances by Brent Gafford Band, Vintage Boogie Band, and The Woody’s. The fireworks show starts at 9:15 p.m., and there’ll be a post-fireworks screening of Playing for Keeps.
  • July 4th Festivities and Fireworks at Wills Park in Alpharetta. There’ll be free children’s activities & live music followed by a fireworks display at dusk.
  • July 4th on the Marietta Square. 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 and live music. The fireworks are scheduled to begin at dark.
  • Fourth of July Night Hike at Panola Mountain State Park. Although no fireworks can be set off inside the park, you can check out the displays along the Atlanta Skyline from atop Panola Mountain. Bring a flashlight & wear comfy clothes. Admission is $7 + $5 for parking, and you must register in advance.
  • Dunwoody 4th of July Parade. The parade steps off at 9:00 a.m. at the intersection of Mount Vernon and Jett Ferry & proceeds west on Mount Vernon to Dunwoody Village Parkway.
  • 4th of July Celebration at Six Flags Over Georgia. Whether you have a season pass or buy one-day admission, you can catch the fireworks display at Six Flags Over Georgia after a day of play. Since the fireworks are shot off behind the Superman ride, the best spot to view the show is in the Cotton States area. Bonus: Anyone who presents a can of Coca-Cola, along with park admission or season pass, will be able to exchange it for a wristband that’ll let you ride Goliath, Dare Devil Dive, Batman: The Ride, and Mind Bender one hour before the park opens (from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.).
  • Fantastic Fourth Celebration at Stone Mountain Park. July 4-6. 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 post-game fireworks displays after the July 3 & 4 games vs. the Marlins. Check the most recent Atlanta Braves ticket deals post for ways to get in on the cheap.
  • The Gwinnett Braves will have a post-game fireworks after the July 4 game vs. the Knights. Bonus: On Goldstar’s Atlanta page, you’ll find an offer to save about 50% on tickets to the July 4th game.

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.

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–Jennifer Maciejewski