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Celebrate July Fourth with a Bang

Fun ways to celebrate Independence Day in Georgia

  • July 4 Celebrations

    Fireworks over downtown Buchanan, Georgia

From the mountains to the beaches and everywhere in between, Georgia’s cities and towns celebrate Independence Day with a variety of parades, festivals and, of course, fireworks. Make plans to attend one of these annual patriotic events.

Start the day as either one of the 60,000 participants or one of the 150,000 spectators of the AJC Peachtree Road Race, the largest 10-kilometer race in the country, which starts in Atlanta’s Buckhead community and wraps up in Midtown's Piedmont Park. The annual tradition kicks off just before 7 a.m., so plan to get there early, especially if you want a coveted seat along the race route.

In the evening, get fired up at one of Metro Atlanta’s many fireworks celebrations, including events at Centennial Olympic Park, Turner Field and Stone Mountain Park.

For a Fourth of July holiday in the North Georgia mountains, head to Helen for its annual fireworks at dusk, Dillard's Fourth of July Celebration or to the Blairsville Union County Fireworks Display.

If you’re looking to spend your holiday with surf and sand, head to one of Georgia’s beautiful islands. Mark your calendar for Tybee Island's Fourth of July Fireworks on the Pier, Brunswick's Old Fashioned 4th of July and the St. Simons Island 4th of July Sunshine Festival. You can even dip your toes in the sand at Callaway Gardens' July 4th Weekend Star Spangled Beach Party.

Cities throughout Georgia will commemorate the Fourth of July with parades featuring local high school bands, beauty queens, local businesses, floats from civic organizations and more. In Metro Atlanta, prepare to line the streets at the Marietta Freedom Parade in Marietta, and Dunwoody's Fourth of July Parade. West of Atlanta, pay homage to America’s veterans at the Americana Fourth of July celebration at the Veteran's Memorial and Medal of Honor Park. Enjoy a small-town celebration at St. Marys' 4th of July Celebration on the Georgia coast, or at the Oconee County Independence Day Spectacular in Watkinsville. Before and after the parades, sample local favorites like barbecued chicken, fresh watermelon and homemade ice cream.

It’s not a holiday without a festival, and Georgia’s cities deliver. Don your red, white and blue, bring a comfortable chair, and kick back to the sounds of live music at the River Street Fourth of July Festival and Fireworks Extravaganza in Savannah, Hampton’s July Fest, and Freedom Fest in Douglas.

For an old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration, spend your day at Georgia state parks with flag-raising ceremonies, sack races and egg tosses. Participating state parks include Fort McAllister's Independence Day Celebration in Richmond Hill, Vogel State Park in Blairsville, Jarrell Plantation Historic Site in Juliette and Tugaloo State Park in Lavonia.

Find a July Fourth event at www.exploregeorgia.org/listings/events

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