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Atlanta’s Lenox Square surprisingly axes 4th of July fireworks, a longstanding tradition

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Cancellation called a partnership with Centennial Olympic Park’s celebration, turning focus to a reviving downtown, officials say

A photo of the longstanding fireworks show at Atlanta’s Lenox Square mall.
The Lenox Square fireworks spectacular was kind of a big deal.
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Since Lenox Square opened 58 years ago, the skies over Buckhead have crackled, boomed, and glistened each 4th of July with one of the Southeast’s largest fireworks displays. Last year’s celebration alone included 10,000 fireworks—and an estimated 350,000 spectators.

But that tradition is over. At least for now.

This week, Lenox Square officials surprised many with the announcement that central Buckhead’s longstanding fireworks spectacular will be canceled.

Instead, Lenox Square has provided “a generous donation” to the Centennial Olympic Park July 4th celebration—the region’s largest—in what officials described as a partnership.

For years, the two fireworks shows have happened nine miles apart from each other, but by the sound of things, the crowds and traffic they generated were putting a logistical strain on the city.

The Centennial celebration should be beefed up this year.

Robin Suggs, Lenox Square’s general manager, said in a press release: “By partnering with Centennial Olympic Park, which is only nine miles away, we can deliver an even better experience for everyone involved and provide much needed operational relief to the City of Atlanta during a very busy holiday.”

The decision to “combine forces” was influenced by “input from community leaders and officials,” the release stated. Lenox Square will continue to host the Peachtree Road Race and will add “additional patriotic activities.”

And it sounds like downtown, come Independence Day, can expect an even greater influx of pyro enthusiasts.

“We are now thrilled to have Lenox Square provide support through a generous donation and welcome the patrons who have traditionally attended the Lenox Square celebration,” said Jennifer LeMaster, Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s chief administrative officer. “We look forward to sharing some of the recent—and ongoing—revitalization efforts in downtown Atlanta.”

With the subtraction of Turner Field’s traditional display on the same night, it sounds like intown options for truly massive fireworks shows are down to one.

Lenox Square

3393 Peachtree Road Northeast, , GA 30326 (404) 233-6767 Visit Website

Centennial Olympic Park

285 International Boulevard NW, Atlanta, GA 30313 404 223 4412 Visit Website