July 4th in the Peach State

Centennial Olympic Park

Centennial Olympic Park

Independence Day activities around Georgia

Are you looking for a fun activity to celebrate the Fourth of July? Whether you are spending the holiday weekend in Metro Atlanta, on the Coast or elsewhere in Georgia, our communities have a smorgasbord of events planned for you and your family, neighbors and friends to celebrate Independence Day. From firework shows to ice cream socials to boat parades, the state of Georgia has plenty to offer this Fourth of July weekend.

If you are looking for a pre-Fourth activity, the city of Hartwell is hosting a Pre-Fourth Extravaganza Weekend June 28-29. The extravaganza includes Dancin’ on Depot, a craft festival and fireworks.

Are you feeling the need for speed this Fourth of July? 60,000 runners will line up on the starting line of the annual AJC Peachtree Road Race on July 4. Join the fans on the sidelines to cheer on the runners as they race down Peachtree Road to Piedmont Park. A 5/10K run will also be held at Nash Farms in Hampton, Ga. at its July 4th Fireworks at Nash Farms event and in Martinez, Ga. at the 2013 Yankee Doodle Dash. July 4th Fireworks at Nash Farm will also include a car and motorcycle show and fireworks. If you want to spend your holiday in the fast lane, the Atlanta Motor Speedway has a special Thursday Thunder  planned for July 4. Bring the kids for a full day of face painting, rock climbing, autograph sessions and fireworks at the race track.

Is there a better way to spend Independence Day than watching America’s favorite pastime? Cheer on the Atlanta Braves as they face the Miami Marlins, and enjoy the post-game firework show.

Do you want to spend your Fourth of July at an iconic Atlanta hotspot? Beat the heat, and join the Georgia Aquarium for its Red White & Brew celebration where you can watch the 4th of July at Centennial Park firework show from the Aquarium’s balcony. If a legendary fireworks show is what you seek this holiday weekend, the Legendary 4th of July fireworks show in Lennox Square is a must, or head to Stone Mountain Park for its Fantastic Fourth Celebration.

Are you looking to spend your day on the water? Join the boat parade on Lake Chatuge in Hiawassee, or head to the beach for the Jekyll Island July 4 Celebration. Callaway Gardens is hosting a July 4th Star Spangled Beach Party with live music and fireworks. For fireworks on the water, go to Fireworks on the Flint at Lake Blackshear in Cordele or to Savannah for the Fourth of July Festival on the River.

Are you looking to kick off your shoes and relax? Make a picnic to bring to the Annual Independence Concert & Picnic event at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center in Madison or stop by Athens for the Classic City American Music Festival. Rome will host the Community 4th of July Celebration in Riverside Park where visitors can listen to music performed by the Rome Symphony Orchestra and the Eighth Regiment Band. You can also join the folks in the McDonough Square for a 4th of July Ice Cream Social. Douglas will host its Freedom Fest in JC Adams Municipal Park, and Thomasville will host the Thomasville Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks in Remington Park.

Whether you are looking for fireworks or a day at the lake, Georgia communities have a July 4 event planned for you. Put on your red, white and blue, and celebrate the USA with us this Independence Day.

Collins_Goss_HeadshotA Georgia native and UGA alumnae, Collins Goss is the summer communications intern for the Georgia Department of Economic Development. Currently, she is working on her Masters in Fine Arts in Arts Administration emphasizing in communications at The University of Alabama. Collins will graduate in December and hopes to return to the Peach State.