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The Top 10 Places To Celebrate America, In Atlanta

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So the U.S. soccer team was booted by Waffle-making bastards from a country roughly one-sixth the size of Georgia. That doesn't mean your patriotism should be tamped down this July 4th! As always, there are plenty of spots around the ATL to take in celebratory fireworks and, in the true American spirit, they're free. Or almost free. So get your act together, fire up your grill and get out on the town Friday (or Saturday). It's Independence Day, by God, and this World Cup proved at least one thing — we're still better than England.


— By Curbed Atlanta contributor Tyler Estep

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1. Lenox Square Fireworks

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3393 Peachtree Road Northeast, Lenox Square Mall
Atlanta, GA 30326

Festivities here begin at 6 p.m. and include performances by family friendly bands, including headliners Party on the Moon, aka "Atlanta’s favorite party band." Fireworks slated for 9:40 p.m.

2. Centennial Olympic Park

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265 Park Avenue West Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30313

The evening begins at Centennial Olympic Park at 6 p.m. Unfortunately, no coolers allowed. But the fireworks spectacular is promoted as the largest in the Southeast. For homebodies, the show will also be broadcasted on TV.

3. Stone Mountain Park

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Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E Lee Boulevard
Stone Mountain, GA 30083

What's more American than a laser Elvis performing "An American Trilogy"? A laser Elvis performing "An American Trilogy" followed by Independence Day fireworks! Shows are actually scheduled for Thursday through Sunday, and you'll have to pay for parking. The "Rockin the Rock" bonanza featuring American Authors and Rachel Platten kicks off Thursday.

4. Decatur Square Bonanza

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101 East Court Square
Decatur, GA 30030

Downtown Decatur's got a little bit of everything going on Saturday — a parade beginning at 6 p.m., a concert by the Callanwolde Concert Band at 7 p.m. and fireworks slated for about 9 p.m. Those interested can participate in the parade if they register beforehand.

5. East Point Bash

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2727 East Point Street
Atlanta, GA 30344

The oldest and largest Independence Day blowout in South Fulton County — East Point's "Salute to the Red, White & Blue" — actually ignites on Wednesday with a summer carnival. But Saturday holds the real treat, beginning at about 9:30 p.m. — "South Fulton County's largest Pryo Digital Fireworks display synchronized to a musical score!"

6. Turner Field, Postgame

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755 Hank Aaron Drive Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30315

OK, so it's not technically free because you've got to buy a ticket to the game, but it really is a legitimate fireworks display — much longer than the typical Friday night offering and typically punctuated with That Awesome Opera Guy singing "God Bless America." Game time against the Phillies is 7:15 p.m. with fireworks to follow.

7. Sandy Springs Blowout

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5 Concourse Parkway Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30328

Saturday brings fireworks to Sandy Springs and a promise to "illuminate the skies above the King and Queen buildings." It all begins at 9 a.m. with "the metro area’s largest July 4th Parade" followed by music at 7 p.m. and boom-boom later.

8. Avondale Estates Celebrates

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1192 Clarendon Avenue
Avondale Estates, GA 30002

Avondale Estates will host a 7:30 p.m. concert beside its beloved lake, with fireworks to follow at dusk. If you're an early bird, a parade also begins at 10 a.m. at Avondale High School.

9. Chamblee Knows How To Party

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Up in Chamblee, Independence Day events begin at 5 p.m. with concessions, a bike parade and train rides. There's also a CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT and live music. And fireworks.

10. Marietta Square Ain't Square

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4 Depot Street
Marietta, GA 30060

OTP, anyone? Marietta's venerable "Fourth in the Park" celebration will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday with a "Freedom Parade" and continue all day long with a festival, music and fireworks.

1. Lenox Square Fireworks

3393 Peachtree Road Northeast, Lenox Square Mall, Atlanta, GA 30326

Festivities here begin at 6 p.m. and include performances by family friendly bands, including headliners Party on the Moon, aka "Atlanta’s favorite party band." Fireworks slated for 9:40 p.m.

3393 Peachtree Road Northeast, Lenox Square Mall
Atlanta, GA 30326

2. Centennial Olympic Park

265 Park Avenue West Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30313

The evening begins at Centennial Olympic Park at 6 p.m. Unfortunately, no coolers allowed. But the fireworks spectacular is promoted as the largest in the Southeast. For homebodies, the show will also be broadcasted on TV.

265 Park Avenue West Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30313

3. Stone Mountain Park

Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E Lee Boulevard, Stone Mountain, GA 30083

What's more American than a laser Elvis performing "An American Trilogy"? A laser Elvis performing "An American Trilogy" followed by Independence Day fireworks! Shows are actually scheduled for Thursday through Sunday, and you'll have to pay for parking. The "Rockin the Rock" bonanza featuring American Authors and Rachel Platten kicks off Thursday.

Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E Lee Boulevard
Stone Mountain, GA 30083

4. Decatur Square Bonanza

101 East Court Square, Decatur, GA 30030

Downtown Decatur's got a little bit of everything going on Saturday — a parade beginning at 6 p.m., a concert by the Callanwolde Concert Band at 7 p.m. and fireworks slated for about 9 p.m. Those interested can participate in the parade if they register beforehand.

101 East Court Square
Decatur, GA 30030

5. East Point Bash

2727 East Point Street, Atlanta, GA 30344

The oldest and largest Independence Day blowout in South Fulton County — East Point's "Salute to the Red, White & Blue" — actually ignites on Wednesday with a summer carnival. But Saturday holds the real treat, beginning at about 9:30 p.m. — "South Fulton County's largest Pryo Digital Fireworks display synchronized to a musical score!"

2727 East Point Street
Atlanta, GA 30344

6. Turner Field, Postgame

755 Hank Aaron Drive Southeast, Atlanta, GA 30315

OK, so it's not technically free because you've got to buy a ticket to the game, but it really is a legitimate fireworks display — much longer than the typical Friday night offering and typically punctuated with That Awesome Opera Guy singing "God Bless America." Game time against the Phillies is 7:15 p.m. with fireworks to follow.

755 Hank Aaron Drive Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30315

7. Sandy Springs Blowout

5 Concourse Parkway Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30328

Saturday brings fireworks to Sandy Springs and a promise to "illuminate the skies above the King and Queen buildings." It all begins at 9 a.m. with "the metro area’s largest July 4th Parade" followed by music at 7 p.m. and boom-boom later.

5 Concourse Parkway Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30328

8. Avondale Estates Celebrates

1192 Clarendon Avenue, Avondale Estates, GA 30002

Avondale Estates will host a 7:30 p.m. concert beside its beloved lake, with fireworks to follow at dusk. If you're an early bird, a parade also begins at 10 a.m. at Avondale High School.

1192 Clarendon Avenue
Avondale Estates, GA 30002

9. Chamblee Knows How To Party

3495 Keswick Drive, Chamblee

Up in Chamblee, Independence Day events begin at 5 p.m. with concessions, a bike parade and train rides. There's also a CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT and live music. And fireworks.

10. Marietta Square Ain't Square

4 Depot Street, Marietta, GA 30060

OTP, anyone? Marietta's venerable "Fourth in the Park" celebration will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday with a "Freedom Parade" and continue all day long with a festival, music and fireworks.

4 Depot Street
Marietta, GA 30060