Fourth of July: Patriotic Things to Do in Atlanta

Fourth of July: Patriotic Things to Do in Atlanta

Looking for ways to celebrate your American pride in Atlanta? Below are the best places to show your love of the red, white and blue around the metro area, as well as several of the cities that are offering festivities and fireworks for the whole family to enjoy:

Patriotic Places to Visit

Stone Mountain Park
1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain, GA 30083
(800) 401-2407

Commemorate the fallen Civil War soldiers of the south at Stone Mountain Park while admiring the carving in the world’s largest piece of exposed granite. Visitors can hike the 1-mile trail up the mountain or take a cable car ride to the top and see the large carving up close. Other attractions include the Stone Mountain Museum at Memorial Hall, railroad excursion around the mountain, Skyhike adventure course, 4-D theater, and the world’s largest running laser show with fireworks at 9:30 p.m. from July 1-5. Attractions are open from 10:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. each day.

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
900 Kennesaw Mountain Dr., Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 427-4686

Visit Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park to view the preserved 2,965-acre national battlefield of the Atlanta Campaign during the Civil War. Home to the American Civil War and native Cherokee people, Kennesaw Mountain offers a multitude of historic American qualities. While at the park, pack a picnic to enjoy after hiking some of the many historic trails around the mountain, or experience live firing demonstrations and Civil War civilian life on select dates.

Center for Civil and Human Rights
100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30313
(678) 999-8990

Explore this cultural attraction located in downtown Atlanta that relates the American Civil Rights Movement to current Global Human Rights Movements. While learning about the fundamental rights for all human beings, you will also explore an essential part of American history and culture. Established in 2007, the facility is located downtown next to the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola. General admission is $16 for adults and free for children 3 and under. Discounts available for kids, seniors, students, and active military.

The World of Coca-Cola
121 Baker Street NW Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 676-5151 or 1-800-676-COKE (2653)

Experience the evolution of America’s favorite soft drink while touring the World of Coca-Cola, a museum dedicated to the Coca-Cola brand. While inside, visitors enjoy a 4-D film inside the Coca-Cola theater, view the history of advertisements and branding, sample over 60 global Coke products, watch the in-house bottling plant in action, and stand in proximity to the Vault of the Secret Formula. Open seven days a week, this museum is located across from Centennial Olympic Park in the heart of downtown Atlanta. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and $14 for children ages 3-12. Children under 3 get in free with an adult.

Historic Oakland Cemetery
248 Oakland Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 688-2107

Founded in 1850, Oakland Cemetery holds many of Atlanta’s original settlers, builders, and various noteworthy citizens including Margaret Mitchell and Bobby Jones. Civil War soldiers from both sides who died in the Battle of Atlanta also lie in the garden cemetery. From cemetery hilltops, visitors can also enjoy a breathtaking view of Atlanta’s expansive skyline. Explore the cemetery’s rich history by venturing off on your own, or with the help of a tour guide. Oakland Cemetery is located on Oakland Avenue about a mile from downtown Atlanta.

Activities and Fireworks

Marietta’s 4th in the Park Concert and Fireworks
Location: Marietta Square
Date: Saturday, July 3, 2021
Time: 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Details: The Let Freedom Ring parade, which begins at 10 a.m., brings in almost 30,000 spectators with over 110 float entries. The day’s activities include an arts and crafts shows, free concerts, the Marietta Bell Ringing Ceremony at 2 p.m., street vendors and food trucks and one of metro Atlanta’s largest firework shows. Plus, live music from local favorites happens throughout the day starting at noon.

Peachtree City’s Independence Day Celebration
Location:  Village on the Green and Lake Peachtree
Date: Saturday, July 3, 2021
Time: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Details: This treasured Peachtree City tradition includes the ever-popular Independence Day Parade and a spectacular fireworks display. The parade starts at Village on the Green, travels up Peachtree Parkway, and ends at Mcintosh Trail Recreation Center. Fireworks will begin at dusk and will take place over Lake Peachtree.

Tucker’s Celebration of Independence and Fireworks Spectacular
Location: Main Street
Saturday, July 3, 2021
Time: 6 p.m.
Details: Head to Main Street for a night of live music, food trucks, vendors and of course a fireworks show after sundown!

Cumming’s 65th Annual Thomas-Mashburn Steam Engine Parade and July 4th Celebration
Location:  Cumming Fairgrounds
Date: Saturday, July 3, 2021
Time: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Details: Kick off the festivities at 10 a.m. with the Thomas-Mashburn Steam Engine Parade, which travels south on Tribble Gap Route, starting at Forsyth Central High School and ending at the Cumming Fairgrounds. Afterward, enjoy an event at the Cumming Fairgrounds from 4 to 10 p.m. that includes a dance contest, food vendors, and children’s activities before the fireworks show, which starts at 9:30 p.m.

Roswell’s July 4th Firework Extravaganza
Location: Roswell Area Park
Date: Sunday, July 4, 2021
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Details: This 4th of July celebration features food trucks, live entertainment and fireworks. Food trucks include local restaurants and even dessert trucks. Party Nation, one of America’s favorite party bands, will perform at 6 p.m., followed by a fireworks show that begins at 9:30 p.m.

Decatur Fireworks
Location: Downtown Decatur
Date: Sunday, July 4, 2021
Time: Around 9 p.m.
Details: Join your neighbors as fireworks light up the night sky. Admission is free, and fireworks will launch from the courthouse parking deck.