P3irdIsHTybmSHeKNNGdqYivRvWfRLsZ7BjFIUS6AHQThe Peachtree Road Race officially kicks off the holiday early in the morning. The race starts at Lenox Square and makes its ways down Peachtree Street to 10th Street and Piedmont Park. The wheelchair race begins at 6:45 a.m. and the foot race at 7:17 a.m.  Spectators are strongly encouraged to take MARTA, which will begin running at 5 a.m. on race day. Many restaurants and bars will be open along the route to watch the race, so check with your favorite watering hole. More information: peachtreeroadrace.org

The Fourth Fest at Cook Hall at W Atlanta-Buckhead will feature a day of live music on July 4th with Moontower, Ralph Roddenbery, Donna Hopkins and headliners Yacht Rock Revue. The party starts early at 6 a.m. with DJ Hakim spinning on the Cook Hall patio for diners cheering on the runners in the Peachtree Road Race. The main event kicks off at 5 p.m. and guests will also get a prime view of the fireworks display at Lenox Square. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door at ticketalternative.com.

The Legendary Fourth of July at Lenox Square features live music and one of the biggest fireworks displays in the country. The evening kicks off in the parking lot of Buckhead’s Lenox Square mall at 6 p.m. with Jimmy Buffet tribute band Sons of Sailors and Party on the Moon. Fireworks will begin around 9:40 p.m. Organizers are encouraging revelers to take MARTA because parking will be limited. For more information: simon.com.

The Centennial Olympic Park’s 4th of July Celebration will begin at 6 p.m. with fireworks scheduled for 9:40 p.m. Bring a picnic or enjoy food from nearby restaurants. There will be entertainment and live music, too. Since parking will be extremely limited, visitors are encouraged to take MARTA to Philips Arena/GWCC or Peachtree Center stations. For more information: centennialpark.com.

The Georgia Aquarium Red White & Brew?is July 4 from 6 to 10:30 p.m. with beer, food, live music and watching the Centennial Park fireworks from atop the aquarium’s parking deck rooftop. For more information: georgiaaquarium.com.

POSTPONED UNTIL SEPT. 28. Decatur’s July 4th Pied Piper Parade will wind through downtown Decatur on July 4 and the community is invited to join in by decorating your wagon, riding a bike, skating or walking in the event. Line-up is at 5:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Decatur and ends at the Community Bandstand on the courthouse square. The Callanwolde Concert Band will play at 7 p.m. and fireworks will follow at dark. For more information: visitdecaturgeorgia.com.

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will perform an All-American Celebration on Friday, July 5, 8 p.m. at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. ASO Staff Conductor Jere Flint will lead the Orchestra and a chorus in a program of patriotic songs, beloved anthems and sing-alongs capturing the heart of freedom. The evening will conclude with a post-concert finale featuring fireworks. For more information: atlantasymphony.com.

The Sandy Springs Stars and Stripes Celebration will be held July 6 with music from Shiloh at 7:30 p.m. followed by fireworks at 9:45 p.m. The official viewing area will be located on the lawn at the Concourse Corporate Center located at Five Concourse Parkway. Complimentary parking will be available in Concourse Parking Decks Five and Six with parking for handicapped guests in Parking Deck Four. Parking at the Concourse will officially open at 6:30 p.m., and there is no admission fee. More information: sandyspringsga.gov.


Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.