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Celebrate July Fourth with a Bang

Fireworks, parades and many more fun ways to celebrate Independence Day in Georgia

  • Independence Day

    Fireworks light up the Thomasville sky on July 4

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.

Run & Watch Fireworks in Atlanta

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 and Stone Mountain Park.

Celebrate in the North Georgia Mountains

Fireworks over Lake Lanier

For a Fourth of July holiday in the North Georgia mountains, head to Dahlonega's 4th of July CelebrationHelen for its Annual Fireworks at Dusk, Lake Lanier or to Lake Chatuge for 4th of July Fireworks at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds.

Spend the Holiday on the Coast

4th of July Celebration in St. Marys, Georgia

If you're looking to spend your holiday with surf and sand, head to one of Georgia’s beautiful islands and coastal towns. Mark your calendar for Tybee Island's Fourth of July Fireworks on the Pier, Independence Day on Jekyll Island and the 4th of July Celebration in St. Marys

Watch a Parade

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 in Tallapoosa. Enjoy a small-town celebration at the Oconee July 4th Spectacular in Watkinsville. Before and after the parades, sample local favorites like barbecued chicken, fresh watermelon and homemade ice cream.

Check out a Festival

Photo courtesy of Savannah Waterfront, Facebook, and Pablo and Britt Photography LLC

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 Celebration in Savannah, or take a 4th of July Fireworks Cruise on the Savannah Riverboat. You're also sure to love Thomasville’s July 4th Festivities, and Freedom Fest in Douglas.

Have an Old-Fashioned Fourth

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's July 4th Celebration in Blairsville, and Jarrell Plantation Historic Site Independence Day Celebration and BBQ in Juliette.

Much More to Explore

Find more July Fourth events at www.exploregeorgia.org/events.

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