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 special events held to celebrate Independence Day that are just a short drive away:
ACWORTH – July 4
Concert and fireworks sponsored by Acworth Parks and Recreation Department. Local bands begin playing at 4pm. Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:30pm. Food vendors will be on site. Tables for 6 are available for rent: $50 for Acworth residents and $60 for non-residents. Shuttle service starting at 3pm available from downtown Acworth to the park area. Located at Lake Acworth Beach at Cauble Park, 2293 Beach Street, Acworth. More info: 770-917-1234, www. acworth.org, or contact firstname.lastname@example.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 3-9pm and children’s activities from 4-8pm at the Event Lawn behind Alpharetta Community Center. Live musical entertainment featuring local bands starts at 6pm. 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: 678-297-6100 or accprograms@ alpharetta.ga.us.
DUNWOODY (SANDY SPRINGS) – July 4
Annual Fourth of July Parade hosted by the Dunwoody Homeowners Association and the Dunwoody Crier Newspaper. Begins at 9:30am. Features marching bands, local personalities, and floats. Festival with live entertainment, activities and barbeque follows at Dunwoody Village, 5483 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. More info: 770-817- 8100.
KENNESAW – July 3
Pre-Independence Day celebration concert presented by the City of Kennesaw with local bands and special guest, Hotel California, followed by fireworks at dark. 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.kennesaw-ga.gov.
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 Glover Park. 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 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
12th 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 Big Biscuit 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 3
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 678-445-6518 or www.woodstockga.gov.