Atlanta is a great location to be for the 4th of July, and it seems there’s a fireworks display at every intersection and in every neighborhood. There are, however, a few locations that have consistently had the best fourth of July parties and fireworks displays. Here are the five best, along with what you need to know about each location:
Courthouse Square Fireworks Display in Decatur
Decatur has a reputation for being a family-oriented town that still retains it’s fun-loving edge, and Decatur’s fourth of July party perfectly embodies this spirit. The festivities begin with a fourth of July parade that anyone can participate in, and the evening is capped off with a massive fireworks display over the lawn of the old DeKalb County Courthouse. Although the crowds can get large, there’s more seating and space than at some of the other fireworks displays so you can actually sit and relax. Be sure to show up early so you don’t have to spend an hour looking for parking. Better yet, walk or take MARTA.
Lenox Square Fireworks Display
Lenox Square boasts the Southeast’s largest fireworks display, and the beauty of its fourth of July party is truly astounding. However, Buckhead is crowded on even a quiet day, and Lenox gets especially packed during the fourth of July party. If you are claustrophobic or dislike large crowds, consider renting a hotel room near the fireworks or attending one of the other events instead.
Stone Mountain Park’s Fantastic Fourth Celebration and Laser Show
Stone Mountain Park’s laser show is legendary, and a must see for any tourist or Atlanta native. Lasers illustrate stories atop the carved rock as awed bystanders relax on the lawn. Stone Mountain ups the ante for the Fourth of July weekend with their laser show, and creates patriotic themes, capping the laser show off with a magnificent fireworks display at the end. While the crowd tends to be large, there’s generally plenty of seating and parking. Be prepared to sit in an hour or more of traffic on your way out.
Centennial Olympic Park Fourth of July Celebration
As a former central hub for the Olympics in Atlanta, Centennial Park already has a patriotic mystique. The park takes advantage of this during its daylong Independence Day celebration that includes family activities, playing in the fountains, and plenty of food. The evening is topped off with a huge fireworks display. Parking is limited and traffic can get very bad, so plan on taking MARTA.
Six Flags Over Georgia Independence Day and Fireworks
As home to some of the state’s most exciting rollercoasters, Six Flags doesn’t need to do much to makes its 4th of July celebration family friendly and fun. The park hosts an all day Independence Day celebration, including a parade and lots of games. Fireworks start at 9:30. Parking is usually reasonable and traffic is not terrible, but prepare for a big crowd.