4th of July Events in Atlanta
The United States of America celebrates its Independence Day every 4th of July. It's a day when cities and towns get lit up with parades and fireworks and joy. The city of Atlanta in Georgia is no exception. It is declared a national holiday and families go out to celebrate and have a good time. The streets are filled with marching bands and colourful festoons and streamers. Flags of the Stars and Stripes are raised everywhere.
1. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race
This 10-kilometer run is one of the most popular 4th of July events in Atlanta. The race has become nothing short of a citywide phenomenon with thousands of amateur and professional runners joining in the numbers every year. With concern towards amputees, a wheelchair race has also been introduced. This is also known as Shepherd Center wheelchair division and usually precedes the footrace. The Peachtree junior race and also been started for children. The race has received so much acclaim and popularity that even world-famous marathoners from Kenya, Morocco, South Africa and Ireland have participated and won titles in it.
2. Dunwoody 4th of July Parade
This annual parade is held at Dunwoody with sponsors like Dunwoody Homeowners Association and Dunwoody Crier Newspaper. There are processions of the classic marching bands, vintage cars, floats and animals parading down the streets of the city. The main route of the parade extends to over 2 miles with an intersection at Mount Vernon and Jett Ferry Road which proceeds further west to Dunwoody Village near Village Burger. Starting from 9 a.m., it usually takes over an hour to complete. The parade is followed by food and award ceremonies. The patriotic ceremonies include the essential pledge of allegiance and national anthem along with a concert by the 116th National Guard.
3. The Centennial Olympic Park celebrations
This park was set up in 1996 with the Atlanta Olympics going on. Every year, it attracts crowds for its 4th of July celebration which is a big gala celebrating the culture of America. The entry is free and the patriotic party starts at 6 in the evening. There's a great line-up of artists every ceremony. Last year, Grammy award winners Bobby Brown and Ann Nesby were the headliners. It is also extensively televised all over the country by networks like WSB TV. The broadcast was so enthralling and visually appealing that it managed to win an Emmy in 2012.
4. Stone Mountain Park for one week festivities
Now this is one big week of festivities. The 4th of July celebrations at Stone Mountain Park go on from 1st July to 7th July. So if you have to be somewhere else on the 4th of July, you can head out here later on any day of the week. The hours for attractions and daily festivities include 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. From 9:30 p.m. onwards; you can feast your eyes on the classic laser show and fireworks. It was also once voted as the best place to see fireworks in Atlanta. There's music, animation and water effects to supplement the show.
5. The Coca-Cola July 4th Fest
The July 4th fest sponsored by Coca-Cola is held at Six Flags over Georgia from 30th June concluding on the 4th of July. It's a perfect family occasion with attractive rides and water park facilities to keep your children busy. There are 12 thrilling roller coasters with the 20 storey high Goliath and Twisted Cyclone hybrid roller coaster being the most popular ones. Then every evening in the fest finishes in a dazzling fashion with a display of fireworks. You can get the best view of the cracker show from a spot in the Metropolis Park District near the Great American Scream Machine.
6. Visit the Marietta Square Parade
Every 4th of July, new life is breathed in Marietta Square with its annual Freedom Parade. The parade starts from 10 a.m. and along with the parade, includes museum tours, free concerts food, carnival games, arts and crafts shows ending with fireworks (what else can perfectly end a 4th of July celebration?). The parade starts from the Baptists Church at Roswell Street and ends at North Marietta Parkway. Apart from marching units, the parade also includes beauty queens, scouts and other local organisations.
So, if you are in Atlanta during 4th of July, you know what to do. Don't chug beer and eat 4th of July pies in front of your TV screen and instead experience the joyous festivities outside.