The Fourth of July is frequently referred to as summer’s midpoint, when those lazy, crazy days start moving a little faster toward fall and the beginning of school.

It is also a day of celebrating our country’s independence, and across this nation we note “our birthday” in many different ways: waving flags, drinking refreshing beverages, enjoying cook-outs, and attending parades and fireworks. So get off the couch and out of the air conditioning, and celebrate the fabulous Fourth in style!

Here is just a sampling of Fourth of July activities in the Reporter Newspaper communities.

Chamblee Celebration and Fireworks

This family-friendly event features live musical performances, a patriotic bike parade, a watermelon seed spitting contest, train ride, bungee jump, rock wall, mini circus, food and giveaways.

When: Wed., July 4, 2-10 p.m. Fireworks about 9:30 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the fireworks show will be rescheduled for Sat., July 7.

Where: Keswick Park, Chamblee, 3496 Keswick Dr., 30341.

How much to get in: Free admission. Lawn chairs and blankets welcome.

For more information: or call Loren Roberts at 770-986-5016.

Dunwoody Fourth of July Parade

The annual event, which promoters call the largest Fourth of July parade in the state, features marching bands, floats, antique cars, public service vehicles, military representation, school and organization participation, clowns and local celebrities. Post-parade festivities in the Dunwoody Village parking lot, featuring hot dogs, snow cones, local restaurant fare, kids’ activities and more. The 2011 event attracted more than 32,000 spectators.

When: Wed., July 4, 9 a.m.

Where: 2.7 mile parade route begins at Mt. Vernon and Jett Ferry roads, Dunwoody 30338, heading west, and concludes off Dunwoody Village Parkway, in Dunwoody Village.

How much to get in: Free admission. Pets on a leash welcome.

For more information: or contact Pam Tallmadge at 770-393-9647 or via email:

Huntley Hills Neighborhood Parade

The Huntley Hills neighborhood welcomes the public to join them as they celebrate our nation’s birthday. The sixth annual family-friendly event has a “small-town” feel, a perfect venue for those looking to avoid traffic and crowds. Check out decorated bikes, trikes, wagons, big wheels, strollers and dogs, and show your American pride.

When: Wed., July 4, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Where: 2040 Plantation Lane, Chamblee, 30341. After-party held at the Huntley Hills Swim & Tennis Club.

How much to get in: Free admission.

For more information:, email: or call Leslie Freymann at 770-713-0350.

Lenox Square Legendary Fourth

Be dazzled by the largest fireworks show in the southeast, which usually attracts more than 200,000 people! Enjoy a patriotic-themed night, complete with a kids’ zone and live music from local bands. Mall shops and restaurants open until 6 p.m.

When: Wed., July 4, 6 p.m. Fireworks show begins about 9:35 p.m.

Where: Lenox Square Mall front parking lot, 3393 Peachtree Road, NE, 30326 (Buckhead).

How much to get in: Free admission. No pets.

For more information: or call 404-365-8860.