Celebrate with the locals: Fourth of July in Atlanta

Fourth of July Fireworks in Atlanta
Fourth of July Fireworks in Atlanta

Switch things up this year and experience Fourth of July in a new way. Instead of a backyard barbeque, celebrate Independence Day in Atlanta with the locals. Whether celebrating with family or friends, this one-day guide will get you excited for this year’s red, white and blue affair.

Morning: Watch the world’s largest 10K, the 45th annual AJC Peachtree Road Race, which is an Atlanta Fourth of July tradition. Catch the first wave of runners while grabbing breakfast on Southern Art Restaurant and Bourbon Bar’s patio in Buckhead.

Lunch: If the 7 a.m. start time is too early for you, see the 60,000 runners and walkers from the Peachtree Road Race make their way to the finish line while having lunch at Henry’s Midtown Tavern, right at the intersection of 10th and Piedmont, near the finish line.

Afternoon: Let the kids’ imagination flow at The Children’s Museum of Atlanta’s Fourth of July Extravaganza. Celebrate with the kids as they make their own flag to wave in the museum’s indoor Fourth of July Parade. Have a blast by helping them create an indoor fireworks display that only involves their feet and bubble wrap.

Evening: Take an underwater approach with Georgia Aquarium’s Red, White and Brew. Top off the night with unlimited beer samplings, food and live music while watching sea creatures swim in the Ocean’s Ballroom. Then, head to the top of the aquarium’s parking deck to see Centennial Olympic Park‘s fireworks show.

Stay: Celebrate the holiday in style with a stay at W Atlanta Buckhead for their second annual July 4th Live. Sip on their signature cocktails, listen to live music and have a front row seat on the rooftop patio while watching fireworks from Lenox Square’s 56th Annual Legendary Fourth of July celebration.

For more firework displays and other Fourth of July events in Atlanta visit http://www.atlanta.net/events/seasonal/fourth-of-july/.

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