Fireworks over St. Simons Island. Photo courtesy @goldenisles

Fireworks over St. Simons Island. Photo courtesy @goldenisles

The Best 4th of July Celebrations in Georgia

Fireworks, boat parades, beach trips and more ways to celebrate Independence Day throughout the state.

Communities throughout Georgia throw huge parties for Independence Day, and this year they're sure to be even bigger! From fun in the sun to food, music and fireworks, July 4 weekend will be a blast.

We asked our fans on Instagram about their favorite ways to spend the Fourth of July and received tons of responses. Here are just a few fan favorites!

Fireworks at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia

Callaway Resort & Gardens Star Spangled Beach Party, July 2-4

This Independence Day weekend bash includes beach activities, live music, food trucks, contests, and three nights of fireworks. Spend the weekend at the resort enjoying outdoor adventures, swimming and relaxing at the beach, and indulging in food and drink specials. Purchase tickets in advance to secure your spot.

Celebrate all weekend at Callaway

Fireworks at Truist Park in Atlanta

Atlanta Braves v. Marlins, July 2-4

Watch the Atlanta Braves battle the Miami Marlins at Truist Park July 2-4, and enjoy the Friday night fireworks after the 7:20 p.m. game on July 2. Wear red July 2 to join the Friday Red Out, when the Braves will wear their red jerseys. On July 3, the first 40,000 people through the gates for the 4:10 p.m. game will receive a Braves tote bag. On July 4, the first 3,000 kids, 14 & under, through the gates for the 1:20 p.m. game will receive a mini Ronald Acuna Jr. bobblehead, and kids can run the bases after the game!

Celebrate with the Atlanta Braves

Fireworks over the river in Savannah, Georgia

Savannah River Street Celebration, July 2-5

Join the holiday celebration in Savannah on River Street with a weekend full of festivities with food, drinks, music, and family activities. On July 4, freedom-loving boaters will celebrate life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness with the Freedom Floats Boat Parade passing the official judging at Plant Riverside District between 3:30 and 5 p.m. The day culminates with a grand fireworks show over the Savannah River starting at 9:15 p.m.

Celebrate Independence in Savannah

ireworks near the Thomasville water tower

Thomasville Independence Day Fireworks, July 3

Celebrate Independence Day in Thomasville on July 3, 2021, with good, old-fashioned fun and activities for the whole family, including games, food (including free ice-cold watermelon slices), and music beginning downtown at 6:30 p.m. Don't miss the majestic fireworks display beginning at 9 p.m.

Celebrate on Saturday in Thomasville

Fireworks over Lake Blue Ridge, Georgia. Photo by Steve Tucker

Blue Ridge Fireworks Train (July 3) & Lake Blue Ridge Fireworks (July 4)

Fireworks over Lake Blue Ridge, Georgia. Photo by Steve Tucker

Stay in Blue Ridge for the weekend, and join all the festivities from 5Ks, a parade and fireworks on July 3 to more fireworks July 4.

The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway will host a Firework Special Train to the spectacular Copper Basin Fireworks display on July 3. The train will depart Blue Ridge at 7 p.m. to enjoy the display just after dark and then return to Blue Ridge by 11 p.m.

Catch the Lake Blue Ridge Fireworks on July 4 at 9:30 p.m. Best places for viewing: Morganton Point Recreation Area, from a boat in Lake Blue Ridge near the Lake Blue Ridge Dam, and the Lake Blue Ridge Marina.

Celebrate all weekend in Blue Ridge

Boat in the Lake Chatuge July 4 Boat Parade

Lake Chatuge Boat Parade (July 3) & Fireworks (July 4)

Whether you're sitting on the shoreline waving at the boats as they pass or behind the wheel of a boat sporting your best red, white, and blues, the Boat Parade on Lake Chatuge on July 3 is the perfect way to start the holiday. The fireworks display on July 4 can be viewed along the lake, or grab a seat at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds and enjoy live music starting at 6 p.m. before the spectacle begins at 9:45 p.m.

Spend the weekend on Lake Chatuge

Fireworks over St. Simons Island, Georgia, for July 4. Photo courtesy @goldenisles

St. Simons Island 4th of July Celebration

The Annual St. Simons Island Sunshine Festival held in the Pier Village on St. Simons has been an island tradition for more than 60 years. With a 5K and 1-mile fun run, an arts & crafts show, fireworks on the pier at 9 p.m., and more, this is the perfect family-friendly event this season.

Celebrate July 4 on St. Simons Island

St. Marys July 4th Celebration

More to Explore

From a festival in St. Marys, to a concert in Madison, and family fun and fireworks at Stone Mountain, find many more ways to spend Independence Day weekend with the Explore Georgia Calendar of Events.

Published: June 2021