By Chris Griffy

Independence Day is always a big celebration in Atlanta and the surrounding cities. A chance to celebrate our nation’s founding, Independence Day also offers an opportunity to partake in food, drink, and music with thousands of friends. With July 4th happening on a Tuesday in 2017, the Atlanta area has spread these celebrations out so that revelers can experience a full weekend of Independence Day fun.

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4th Of July Celebration And Fireworks Show
Centennial Olympic Park
265 Park Ave. W. NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 223-4412

Date: July 4, 2017

Nothing says Fourth of July like a fireworks show, and no place in Atlanta does a fireworks show like Centennial Olympic Park. Drawing an estimated 30,000 visitors per year, Centennial Olympic Park is going even bigger in 2017. This year they’ve partnered with Lenox Square, who in past years has hosted its own fireworks show, to present the event. For those who can’t come out to Centennial Olympic Park, the fireworks show will once again be broadcast on WSB-TV.

Dunwoody 4th Of July Parade
Jett Ferry to Dunwoody Village
2414 Mount Vernon Road
Dunwoody, GA 30338
(770) 354-7653

Date: July 4, 2017 at 9 a.m.

If you’re looking for something to do during the daytime hours of Independence Day, nearby Dunwoody has just the thing for you as the Dunwoody Homeowners Association and the Dunwoody Crier host the annual Dunwoody 4th of July Parade. The theme for the 2017 parade is “A Small Town in a Big City.” The parade will begin at 9:00 a.m. It will feature bands, floats, clowns, and local celebrities. Alan Mothner of the Dunwoody Nature Center will act as the 2017 Grand Marshal. After the parade, stick around for a Presentation of the Colors by Sons of the American Revolution, a citizenship ceremony for over 100 new United States citizens, and music from the 116th National Army Guard.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race
Buckhead Near Lenox Square Mall
3393 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30326

Date: July 4, 2017

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One of Atlanta’s oldest traditions, The Peachtree Road Race has been in existence since 1970 and has grown to be one of the world’s largest 10k races. Over 60,000 people are expected to run. There will also be a wheelchair race. While registration for the event is over, fans can still watch the race and cheer on their favorite runners. The Atlanta Track Club, who partners with Atlanta Journal-Constitution each year for the race, has suggested viewing points for each mile of the race.

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City Of Kennesaw Salute To America
Depot Park
2828 Cherokee St.
Kennesaw, GA 30144
(770) 424-8274

Date: July 3, 2017 at  6 p.m.

If you’d like to begin your Independence Day celebrations a little early, you can head over to nearby Kennesaw on July 3 for their Salute to America. This event will feature street entertainers, food, children’s activities, fireworks, and two stages worth of concerts. The entertainment will be provided by Don’t Look Back: The Boston Experience, Eighties recreators The 80ators, and classic and modern cover band The American Flyers. The fireworks display will be held at 9:30 p.m. and will be visible from Depot Park and along Main Street. Admission to Kennesaw’s Salute to America is free.

Red White & Brew
Georgia Aquarium
225 Baker St. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 581-4000

Date: July 1 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

The weekend before Independence Day offers a chance for early celebration at the Georgia Aquarium as they present Red White & Brew. In addition to having full run of the Aquarium’s 500 aquatic species, the event will also host a party in the Oceans Ballroom with its display of beluga whales, manta rays, and whale sharks. Visitors will also enjoy unlimited beer samplings, BBQ, and live music from The Regulars Band. This event is 21 and up only.

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