There are few cities with more impressive 4th of July fireworks display than Atlanta. From diverse crowds at Centennial Olympic Park to hipsters at Lenox Square Mall to all the soccer moms and dads in the suburbs, Atlanta has something for everyone when it comes to fireworks displays. To stay out of the sometimes massive crowds, here are five places that can serve good food and drinks as well as a good view of the fireworks on 4th of July.
265 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Visit Atlanta’s legendary Polaris restaurant located on the 22nd floor of the Hyatt Regency Atlanta for a terrific view of all fireworks displays. Atlanta’s only rotating restaurant should give diners a pleothera of firework-watching options, including the 4th of July festivities at nearby Centennial Olympic Park. Polaris does not take reservations (except for parties of eight or more), so timing will be everything in order to snag a seat. The food is chef-inspired and based on sustainable, locally-grown and available ingredients.
100 CNN Center
Atlanta, GA 30303
For those looking for a more relaxed and adult-centered restaurant from which to watch the 4th of July fireworks at Centennial Olympic Park, consider Latitudes Bistro and Lounge, located in the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center. Latitudes offers sweeping views of Centennial Park and an drink menu that is sure to impress. Food at Latitudes consists of light bites and sandwiches. Get there early for a table with a view.
3377 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30326
For those who want to hang with the beautiful people on 4th of July, head to Whiskey Blue in Buckhead for one of the coolest rooftop bars south of the Mason-Dixon line. Whiskey Blue is located on top of the W-Atlanta Buckhead and will give revelers a suburb view of the 56th annual Lenox Square Legendary 4th of July event and fireworks display. Be sure to dress to impress and call ahead for any special events that night.
225 Baker St. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30313
While not typically thought of as a restaurant, the Georgia Aquarium parking deck has quietly become the place to be on 4th of July. Overlooking the Centennial Olympic Park, the Aquarium has a spectacular view of the fireworks and all the goings on during 4th of July festivities. The Red, White & View celebration is family-friendly and includes desserts, soft drinks, arts and crafts for the children, a DJ, carnival games, and of course unprecedented views of the fireworks. Tickets sell out fast so be sure to get them early. Tickets are $20 for adults and seniors, and $15 for children. Want to leave the kids at home? Join in the Red, White & Brew event, Georgia Aquarium’s 4th of July Beer Festival. This catered dinner and all-you-can-drink event also includes the fabulous view of the Centennial Olympic Park fireworks. Tickets are $55, and only available for adults 21 and up. Note that a ticket to either of these events does not include a ticket into the Georgia Aquarium.
Maria Smith is an on-the-go mom to 4 children ages 8 and under. In between carpool lines, she’s a freelance writer covering travel, health, and family fun. She was a producer for Oprah in her pre-mom days, but now produces people instead of TV shows. Read more on Examiner.com