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Independence Day Fireworks Light Metro Atlanta Skies

Fireworks will light the skies in and around Atlanta starting June 30. (Photo by Ryan Johns)

Wondering where to watch fireworks in Atlanta this Fourth of July? The largest metropolitan fireworks show in America is set for July 1 in Centennial Olympic Park Downtown. More celebrations are breaking out all across the metropolitan area.

Atlanta: Centennial Olympic Park

Look Up Atlanta, America’s largest metropolitan fireworks display, explodes across the skies of downtown Atlanta above Centennial Olympic Park on July 1. Headlining the entertainment lineup this year is the Grammy Award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

“The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is one of the most creative and innovative musical experiences in North America and is the perfect complement to our patriotic celebration,” says Frank Poe, executive director, Georgia World Congress Center Authority. “We have put together an event that celebrates everything that makes Atlanta, and Georgia, a great place to call home.”

Two ticket options are available – general admission or a VIP experience featuring a premium viewing area for on-stage entertainment, unique experiences and activities, and dedicated restrooms and bars.

All attendees may pre-order curated food packages by some of Atlanta’s best chefs. Look Up Atlanta also will feature experiential activities from Atlanta’s top sports teams, a reimagined food experience called “Appetite Avenue” featuring a variety of options, and numerous beverage stations throughout Centennial Olympic Park creating the perfect atmosphere for celebrating America’s 247th birthday.

Alpharetta: Wills Park

The city of Alpharetta will celebrate in Wills Park. (Photo by Gene Gallin at Unsplash)

Fireworks light up the skies of Wills Park in Alpharetta, beginning at dusk on July 4. If there is a weather delay, the latest start-of-show will be 10:40 p.m. Families are encouraged to bring-their-own-fun with a blanket, picnic and games for a memorable evening together. 

Consumer fireworks and charcoal grills are strictly prohibited. Small propane grills are allowed with an approved permit and will be granted to the first 50 permit applicants. Submit all July Fourth fireworks grill permits to 

Acworth: Cauble Park

The city of Acworth and the Acworth Business Association present one of the largest fireworks extravaganzas in metro Atlanta on July 4 at Cauble Park. Live music starts at 5:30 p.m. Fireworks begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. (subject to change depending on weather). Admission to the event and concert is free.

If you do not have a parking pass or if the parking lot is full, you will need to park downtown and walk down to the park.  Shuttles will not be running for this event.  Handicap parking will be available at McCall Primary School, and there will be a shuttle provided for handicap attendees.  Handicap shuttles begin at noon.

Chamblee: City Hall Green Space

The city of Chamblee’s July Summer Concert and Fireworks Celebration is back, but at a new location this year. Chamblee will celebrate in downtown Chamblee at the new City Hall green space. Shuttles will be provided from Keswick Park. Enjoy music from Leah Belle Faser, then jam out with The Geek Squad and, finally, end the night with the fireworks show.

Decatur: Downtown

The city of Decatur invites residents to celebrate the Fourth of July hometown-style in downtown Decatur. Guests are invited to either watch (or join in) the Pied Piper Parade as it makes its way through downtown streets with floats, wagons and bicycles. Anyone may gather friends and family to ride, walk or skate in the community parade – it’s for anyone and everyone. Neighborhoods and organizations are encouraged to join the fun, too. And partiers are asked to wear red, white and blue. Guests should head to the community bandstand to listen to live music on the square, starting at 5 p.m, with MetroGnomes and at 7 p.m. with the Ghoststories.  Fireworks start at dark (approximately 9 p.m.)


Dunwoody: Streets of Dunwoody

The Dunwoody Homeowners Association and the Dunwoody Reporter newspaper plan what they call Georgia’s largest Independence Day parade, July 4 at 9 a.m., celebrating 50 years of Wildcat Pride, Dunwoody High School’s past, present and future.

Johns Creek: Newtown Park

The city of Johns Creek plans to celebrate on July 3. (Photo by Tom Dahm at Unsplash)

The city of Johns Creek celebrates our country’s independence at Newtown Park with live music, activities, food and a fireworks display from 6 to 10 p.m. on Monday, July 3. The free event features food trucks and music from the band Boogilicious. Beer, wine and sangria will be for sale. Fireworks will begin after sunset. Please do not bring outside alcohol (alcohol will be for sale from vendors), No pets allowed except for service animals. No tents are allowed and no personal fireworks. Feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets. 

Kennesaw: Downtown Kennesaw

The city of Kennesaw’s Independence Day celebration will feature two stages with live music plus street entertainment, food vendors and family-friendly activities. Food and beverages will be available to purchase, or families may bring their own picnic. Barbecue grills are not allowed.

There will be pay-to-play inflatables for the kiddos. Music begins with Band X performing on Main Street from 6 until 7:30 p.m. Departure, the Journey Tribute Band, will play on the Main Stage from 8 until 9:30 p.m. Trevor Startt will perform on the Park Stage from 6 until 7:30 p.m. Courtney Dickinson will perform on the Park Stage from 8 until 9:30 p.m. The evening will conclude with a fireworks finale, visible from Depot Park and along Main Street from Summers Street to Dallas Street.

Public parking will not be available at Depot Park for this event. Free public parking will be available at Adams Park and the Ben Robertson Community Center and along Lewis Street between North Main and Dallas streets. Handicap-only parking is available in the lot at the intersection of North Main Street and Moon Station Road.

Lawrenceville: Lawrenceville Lawn

The city of Lawrenceville will host a special Prelude to the Fourth on June 30. Guests are invited to gather on the Lawrenceville Lawn for a festive, family-friendly event that is free and perfect for all ages. You can cozy up on the lawn with blankets and chairs and enjoy snacks and treats from a variety of food trucks. There will be music of the ’80s and the ’90s with live performances by Gump Fiction (’90s) and Cassette Rewind (’80s) on the Lawrenceville Lawn stage. And there will be fireworks. It is suggested that guests bring canned food to donate to the Lawrenceville Co-op. Every donor will be entered into a raffle for door prizes. 

Marietta: Fourth in the Park

The city of Marietta’s Fourth In The Park celebration begins July 4 at 10 a.m. and includes a parade, free live concerts, arts and crafts show, food, carnival games and a fireworks finale. The Let Freedom Ring Parade begins at 10 a.m. Starting just after the parade and running until 9 p.m., there is a festival that includes arts and crafts, a kid’s zone, festival food and free concerts. The noon concert features Scott Thompson. In the afternoon, 2 p.m. brings a bell ringing ceremony. The Atlanta Concert Band performs at 2:30 p.m., and The Patriarchs Band performs at 7 p.m. The 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. concert features Boogilicious. Fireworks begin at dark.  

Norcross: Lillian Webb Park

The city of Norcross plans the event Red, White & Boom on July 3 at Lillian Webb Park from 5 until 10 p.m. There will be food, live music, face painting and more. The fireworks display will light up the night sky. This event is free and open to the public. Blankets and chairs are welcome; shade structures, tents and umbrellas are not allowed.

Powder Springs: Thurman Springs Park

The city of Powder Springs plans a Fourth of July Celebration, cruise-in and fireworks display. Festivities run from 6 until 10 p.m. in Thurman Springs Park. Entertainment will be provided by Shaky Jane and September in the Park. In addition to the music there will be vendors, a kids’ area, food, a cruise-in car show and fireworks.

Roswell: Roswell Area Park

The skies above Roswell will sparkle on Independence Day. (Photo by Jeffrey Hamilton at Unsplash)

The city of Roswell plans a July 4 celebration beginning at 6 p.m. in Roswell Area Park. There will be family-friendly bands performing starting at 6 p.m. on Crabapple Field. There will be food trucks: A Little Nauti, Bento Bus, Big House BBQ, Burger 21, Fair on Wheels, Let’s Taco Bout It, Meatballerz Pizza, Mrs. Rosa’s Latin Kitchen, The Pickle, Frozen Sweets, King of Pops, Snowie Creations and Kona Ice. The concession stand will be open, serving drinks and snacks. Outside food is allowed, but no grills. And guests may bring chairs. Fireworks begin at sunset.

Sandy Springs: City Springs

The Sandy Springs Stars & Stripes Fireworks Celebration begins at 6 p.m. on July 4 on the City Green at City Springs. City Green opens at 4 p.m. Food trucks open at 6 p.m. Music by The Platinum Band plays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., when the fireworks begin. Blankets, lawn chairs (low back chairs preferred) and umbrellas are allowed, and guests are asked to hold off setting up until 4 p.m. and also to lower umbrellas when the music starts. Tables and tents are not allowed. Neither are personal sparklers. Guests may bring their own picnic, purchase from one of the nearby restaurants or patronize one of the food trucks. Only alcoholic beverages sold on site are allowed. Participating food trucks are Chick-fil-A, Que and Two (barbecue), 6 Pack Subs (Vietnamese sandwiches), Azucar Cuban, Dot Bowl (Korean barbecue), Gyro Chef, King of Pops, Pepicci’s (Italian ice), SmallsBigTaste (tacos, fries), Spice the Americas (Latin American) and Three Tikis (Hawaiian shaved ice).

Stone Mountain Park: Throughout Park

Stone Mountain Park’s Fantastic Fourth celebration runs July 1-5. Visitors are invited to enjoy family attractions and live entertainment, followed by the new Music Across America Light Show.  

Sugar Hill: E.E. Robinson Park

The city of Sugar Hill plans its Independence celebration, “Sparks in the Park,” for July 3 at E.E. Robinson Park. The free fireworks display and live music show begins at 6:30 p.m. with fireworks starting at sundown.

Music will be provided by Crawford & Power, accompanied by the opener, The Waymores. Parking at the Level Creek E.E. Robinson Park North entrance lot is limited to those with American Disabilities Act stickers. Attendees may park and walk on sidewalks from Sugar Hill Elementary School, Sugar Hill Church and E.E. Robinson Park South to the event at E.E. Robinson Park North – a .3 to 1-mile walk, depending on the lot. No shuttle service is available.

Guests are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, and their own food and drink. Food trucks will be at the entrance of Sugar Hill Elementary School.

Woodstock: The Park at City Center

The city of Woodstock has teamed up with Carmichael Development to host Fourth of July events including a run, a parade, a festival and fireworks.. The Freedom Run starts the festivities at 7 a.m. with a parade following at 10 a.m. The festival begins at 11 a.m. at The Park at City Center. The fireworks show will begin at 9 p.m. in the area of Highway 92 and Interstate 575.

Visit our 4th of July page for more fun things to do in Atlanta.

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

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