Things to Do in Atlanta This Fourth of July Weekend
The city of Atlanta always has something to entertain residents, and the Fourth of July holiday weekend is no exception. Atlanta’s hallmarks, including the Georgia Aquarium, Six Flags Over Georgia, Stone Mountain, Centennial Park and more offer fun Fourth of July activities that everyone can enjoy.
Red, White & Brew at the Georgia Aquarium
Celebrate the Fourth of July early on Saturday, July 1 at the Georgia Aquarium’s Red, White & Brew party. From 6:30 to 10 p.m., guests can enjoy American summer traditions with classic BBQ, unlimited beer sampling, live music from The Regulars Band and deep sea exploration with over 500 aquatic species.
Red, White & Brew will be held in the awe-inspiring Oceans Ballroom, but guests will also be admitted to the entire aquarium until 10 p.m. The cost to attend is $65 for non-members and $50 for members. Red, White & Brew is for guests aged 21 and over only. Guests without ID will not be admitted. Visit www.GeorgiaAquarium.org/Experience/Support/How-to-Donate/Fundraising-events/Red-White-Brew for tickets, directions, parking and more.
Coca-Cola July 4th Fest at Six Flags Over Georgia
July 2 through July 4, Six Flags Over Georgia will host the Coca-Cola July 4th Fest. One hour before the park opens, guests have access to select rides and attractions. Enjoy the thrills without the wait on the Georgia Scorcher, Mind Bender, BATMAN: The Ride, The JOKER Chaos Coaster, Goliath and Harley Quinn Spinsanity.
Additionally, VIP guests can stay in Hurricane Harbor to watch the fireworks show over the Calypso Bay Wave Pool and enjoy an all-you-can-eat-buffet of summer favorites, including hot dogs, hamburgers, BBQ and more. For $67.99, guests can purchase admission to the park and the VIP event, and season pass holders can purchase access to the VIP event for $25.
For the best view of Six Flags’ annual fireworks shows, grab a spot in the Metropolis Park district near the American Scream Machine and Sky Coaster. The show will begin at dusk. Six Flags is open from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. For tickets, season passes, park hours, directions and more, visit www.SixFlags.com/OverGeorgia.
AJC Peachtree Road Race
Atlanta’s favorite race takes place on July 4 at 7:30 a.m. Registration to run the race is closed, but there are plenty of great spots to cheer on the Peachtree Road Race runners. The 10K race starts in Buckhead and finishes in Piedmont Park. To view the interactive course map and pick out the best place to watch the race, click here. For spectator recommendations, click here.
The Atlanta Track Club suggests that to get a spot at the best vantage points, spectators should arrive early, plan ahead and take MARTA to get to the spots with minimum stress and confusion. For more details on viewing the race, click here. For road closures and course maps, click here.
4th of July Celebration at Centennial Park
Centennial Park’s annual 4th of July Celebration, includes a fireworks show broadcasted by WSB-TV and entertainment from acclaimed performers including JFly and Friends, Grammy award-winners Bobby Brown, Ann Nesby and Kristian Bush from Sugarland, Billboard Top 100 artist Cece Peniston, Algebra Blessett, Chelsea Shag, Darlene McCoy and Jordan Bolch.
Gates open at 6 p.m. and guests are encouraged to take MARTA or park in the Red Deck located on Andrew Young International Boulevard. For a list of prohibited items, frequently asked questions and more, visit www.GWCCA.org/4th-of-July-Celebration/.
Fantastic Fourth Celebration
For the biggest Fourth of July fireworks finale and laser show in Atlanta, look no further than Stone Mountain Park’s Fantastic Fourth Celebration. The popular fireworks and laser show features new music, animation, water effects, an immersive laser canopy and a fleet of robotic drones synced with music in front of the 825-foot face of Stone Mountain.
Every night at 9:30 from July 1 to July 4, guests can see Reader’s Digest’s pick for “America’s Most Spectacular Fourth of July Fireworks,” USA Today’s “Must-See Fireworks Show” and the Atlanta Journal Constitution readers’ vote for the “Best Place to See Fireworks in Atlanta.”
For tickets, parking passes and more, visit www.StoneMountainPark.com/Events/Fantastic-Fourth-Celebration.