Staying in town for the Fourth of July? We’ve compiled the best ways for you and your family to celebrate Independence Day in one of the most history-rich cities in America.
Whether you’re a runner or a spectator, the Peachtree Road Race is a great way to kick off the Fourth of July festivities. This year marks the 50th running of the Peachtree, and it’s sure to be a big one. Starting in Buckhead near Lenox Square Mall, runners wind down Peachtree until they turn down 10th Street for the finish at Piedmont Park. With over 60,000 runners and an $8,000 winning prize (and $50,000 for breaking the course record!), the race is exciting from start to finish.
Time: Race starts at 7 a.m.
Cost: Free to watch
What’s more American than spending the Fourth of July at a ballpark? The Braves will take on the Phillies at SunTrust Park for the second time this summer. Make sure to arrive early to take advantage of pregame events and stick around after the game for a fireworks show above the field. Thursday night fireworks, anyone?
Time: 7:20 p.m.
Starting at 5 PM, the Roof at Ponce will be hosting their annual Rooftop Bash, complete with fireworks, kids games, access to Skyline Park and more. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time for $30 for adults and $15 for children ages 4 to 12. For the full experience, guests can purchase VIP tickets complete with access to the covered-tent area (you know that roof will be toasty!), a live band and barbecue dinner (whole pig!).
Time: 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Location: The Rooftop at Ponce City Market
Looking for a way to stay indoors this Fourth of July? Look no further than the Georgia Aquarium’s Red, White and Brew Festival. Taste 19 different local brews and ciders, enjoy a view of some of the aquarium’s most magnificent creatures (hello beluga whales!), and pig out on Wolfgang Puck catering. Tickets are $50 for aquarium members and $65 for non-members.
Time: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Location: Georgia Aquarium
If you’re spending this Fourth of July on a budget, grab some friends and visit Centennial Olympic Park for the GWCCA fireworks show. Admission-free gates open at 7 p.m. where guests can visit a number of local food trucks and jam to music provided by DJ Yvonne Monet. The fireworks show starts at 9:45 p.m. Don’t forget to check their prohibited items here.
Time: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Location: Centennial Olympic Park
Cost: Free Admission