The Fourth of July is the ultimate celebraion of summer. Whether you're cooking out with friends or viewing fireworks, check out some of the events going on in Atlanta for July 4, 2013.
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The Peachtree is an Atlanta tradition, even if you aren't a runner. Tailgating for the race is a fun way to support your friends and family who are running - and even if you don't know anyone, you'll love the crazy costumes you'll see on some spirited runners. The route goes straight down Peachtree from Lenox Mall to Piedmont Park and many businesses open early so you can set up camp and watch the race! People also gather on lawns and set up chairs for a good view. Get there early to see the fastest runners, who finish the race in about 30 minutes!
Centennial Olympic Park has one of Atlanta's biggest July 4th celebrations and firework shows. The park gates with open at 6 p.m., with a firework show beginning around 9:40 p.m. Traditionally the park hosts family-friendly activities and musical performances (the 2013 performer has not yet been announced). Attendees are encouraged avoid the traffic by riding Marta to Peachtree Center or the CNN Center stations. This is a free event.
Another big fireworks show in Atlanta is at Buckhead's Lenox Square Mall. Complete with a kids zone and live music, this celebration has the largest fireworks show in the Southeast. Activities take place all day, starting at 10 a.m., but the big party starts at 6 p.m. with live music from local bands. The night kicks off with Jimmy Buffet cover band Son of a Sailor, and continues with Wesley Cook, winner of the "Atlanta's Next Legend" talent search. Popular cover band Party on the Moon will play beginning at 7:30 and continuing until the fireworks show. which is set to take place at 9:40 that evening. This is a free event.
Start the evening off with the Pied Piper Parade as it winds through downtown Decatur. You can participate by decorating your wagon, ride your bike, skate, or even just walking in the parade. At 7 p.m., free musical entertainment starts in the square, followed by a fireworks show. Fireworks start at approximately dark (around 9 p.m.).
The Georgia Aquarium is hosting a Fourth of July celebration and beer tasting on the roof of their parking deck, giving you a prime viewing spot for the Centennial Park fireworks. There will be summer eats, unlimited beer tasting, a fun photo booth, and live music. Tickets are $55 per person ($65 at the event). This is a 21+ event.
The Aquarium also offers an all-ages viewing deck with family activities. The cost is $15 for kids and $20 for adults.
Whole Hog Fest and Backyard Games at Atkins ParkAtkins Park in Virginia Highland is hosting a fun Fourth of July party. At "Go Whole Hog or Go Home," guests can pay just $15 to enjoy a meat-and-three meal for lunch or dinner. After lunch, stick around for The Backyard Beer Olympics with games including Ping-Pong, ladder toss, cornhole and darts. Registration for teams of two is free, and over $500 in prizes is up for grabs.
On Friday, July 5, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will play patriotic tunes outdoors at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. There will also be a fireworks show. Tickets start at just $15.