Ladies and gents: It's almost Independence Day. This year's Thursday placement of Our Favorite Excuse to Day-Drink should earn most Atlantans a nice late-week break. So let's revisit traditional wisdom: The most patriotic thing you can do as an American adult on the Fourth of July is get drunk, stuff yourself full of grilled or fried food and scream words of encouragement at chemical explosions in the sky. Fortunately, Atlanta has no shortage of places to engage in this sacred rite. Here's our Top 10. Have fun, be safe and pack an umbrella.Read More
Ready The Umbrellas, Y'all: Atlanta's Fireworks Map 2013
1. Lenox Square Mall (Buckhead)
The granddaddy of them all. Fireworks start at 9:35 p.m.
2. Centennial Olympic Park
Downtown's largest fireworks show — and the largest in the Southeast — kicks off at 9:40 p.m.
3. Stone Mountain Park
The Stone Mountain fireworks come after the Laser Show, which has gone 3D and is now called Mountainvision. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
4. Atlanta Braves vs. Miami Marlins
Atlanta, GA 30315
Watch the Bravos pound the Marlins, then partake in choreographed pyrotechnics.
5. Six Flags Over Georgia
The price of admission to Six Flags gets you access to their fireworks show.
6. Mall of Georgia
Buford, GA 30519
The Mall of Georgia kicks off its fireworks show at 9:15 p.m.
7. Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Verizon Wireless Ampitheater (Alpharetta)
Alpharetta, GA 30009
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs the songs of patriotism before the fireworks. Show begins at 8 p.m.
8. Marietta Square
Marietta, GA 30060
Fireworks on the Marietta Square begin at 9:30 p.m.
9. Avondale Estates Fireworks
Avondale Estates, GA 30002
Avondale Estates has a fireworks show on the shores of Avondale Lake that starts at dusk.
10. Decatur 4th of July Spectacular
Decatur's fireworks festivities include a parade and a concert, followed by explosions at dusk.