Our nation’s birthday is celebrated coast to coast with fireworks, picnics and festivals. Metro Atlanta is no different. Several cities have Fourth of July events that offer a fun time for your family. Here are some great ways to celebrate Independence Day that are just a short drive away:
ACWORTH – July 4
Concert and fireworks sponsored by The City of Acworth and the Acworth Business Association. Live music will start at 4pm leading up to headliners “FLASHBACK” at 6pm. Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:30pm. Food vendors will be on site. Free admission. Tables for 6 are available for rent: $50 for Acworth residents and $70 for non-residents. Free shuttle service starting at 3pm available from the city hall and the post office parking lot. Located at Lake Acworth Beach at Cauble Park, 2293 Beach Street, Acworth. More info: 770- 917–1234 or visit www.acworthparksandrecreation.org.
ALPHARETTA- July 4
Celebrate Independence Day with family and friends at the City of Alpharetta’s annual fireworks show hosted by Alpharetta Recreation and Parks Department. Food vendors open 4-9pm and children’s activities from 4-8pm at the Even Lawn behind Alpharetta Community Center. Live musical entertainment featuring local bands starts at 7pm. Spectacular fireworks display begins at dusk! Bring a lawn chair and blanket. No alcohol allowed. Located at Wills Park, 11925 Wills Road, Alpharetta. More info: 678-297-6133 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DUNWOODY– July 4
21st Annual Dunwoody Salutes America Fourth of July Parade hosted by the Dunwoody Homeowners Association and the Dunwoody Crier Newspaper. Begins at 9:00am. Features marching bands, local personalities, and floats. Festival with live entertainment, activities, children’s area, and Dunwoody United Methodist Boy Scout barbeque follows at Dunwoody Village: 5483 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. This year’s theme: Service to Community and Nation.
KENNESAW – July 3
Salute to America, a pre-Independence Day celebration, will feature high-energy, live music performances and family entertainment from 6-11pm. Main stage performers include teen singing sensation Kaylin McClure, an electrifying Neil Diamond tribute show featuring the vocal talents of Conner Lorre, and The Stranger, who are undeniably the world’s most authentic tribute to the legendary Billy Joel. Fireworks will begin at 9:30pm. Free admission. Blankets, chairs and coolers allowed. Tables for 6 available for rent at $75. Food and beverages for sale. No alcohol. Concert begins at 8pm at The Depot, 2828 Cherokee Street, Kennesaw. More info: 770-422-9714 or www.kennesawjuly3.com.
MARIETTA – July 4
Fourth in the Park celebration presented by Marietta Parks and Recreation. Parade starts 10am at Roswell Street Baptist Church, 774 Roswell Street SE, Marietta, and ends at North Marietta Parkway. Followed by concerts, museum tours, arts and crafts show, food, carnival games, and fireworks finale at 9:30pm in Glover Park/Marietta Square. More info: 770-794-5601 or www.mariettaga.gov.
POWDER SPRINGS – July 4
Independence Day Celebration featuring live entertainment, children’s activities, food and fireworks at dark. Celebrate from 4pm until 10pm. Historic Town Square, 4488 Pineview Drive, Powder Springs. More info: 770-943-1666 or www.cityofpowdersprings.org.
ROSWELL – July 4
13th Annual Fireworks Extravaganza presented by City of Roswell. Live entertainment, children’s carnival, and food. Bring picnics, lawn chairs and blankets. Band performances at 6pm and 7:30pm featuring Back Trax and Banks & Shane. Fireworks begin at dark. Roswell High School, 11595 King Road, Roswell. More info: 770-641-3705 or www.roswellgov.com.
WOODSTOCK –July 4
Freedom Fest begins at 10am with a parade starting at Old WalMart/Furniture Express on Hwy. 92, traveling north on Main Street through the Olde Town merchant district to Woodstock Elementary School. Food vendors, children’s activities, musical entertainment, and crafts until 3pm at The Park at City Center, 101 Arnold Mill Road, downtown Woodstock. Fireworks begin at dusk behind the Target shopping center at Hwy 92 and I-575. More info: 770-517-6788 or www.woodstockga.gov.
(Reprinted from the June/July 2012 issue of EAST COBBER.)