One of the reasons we love Atlanta and its surrounding suburbs is that regardless of the time of year there are events, festivals, and destinations for almost everyone! During Fourth of July week the events are amplified, and our city puts on its most patriotic gear and heads into the holiday with pride and southern flare. Fourth of July may be on a Wednesday this year, and our hopes of a three day weekend may be crushed, but there are so many activities to participate in. Since it can be hard to decide exactly what to do for the Fourth of July, we have put together a list of some ideas for Fourth of July fun around Atlanta.
Hit the Road. This year’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race will take place on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. The gun will fire in Lenox Square signaling the start of the infamous 10k race which historically attracts athletes, spectators, and visitors. If you aren’t running, get out there and cheer on runners, taste some of the local fares, and shop the vendor’s tents along the raceway. Remember to dress in your most American red, white, and blue attire! It is a Fourth of July event after all!!
Hike Stone Mountain. Stone Mountain Park is one of our favorite spots in Atlanta. The entire park is super kid friendly, and if you want a workout, the hike to the top reveals some of the most spectacular views of the city. Also, during the entire week of Fourth of July, Stone Mountain Park puts on a show you do not want to miss. Each night between July 1-7 there will be an epic fireworks display paired with a laser show extravaganza, tons of family-friendly attractions, rides, and adventures, and even a dog show.
Venture out to the suburbs (maybe you’ll even see us out and about!) Whether you live in DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, or Cobb county there are a plethora of options to watch colorful light shows as they burst to life on Independence Day. The city of Alpharetta will be hosting their annual Fourth of July festivities at Wills Park. There will be a host of activities for the kids to enjoy and the Alpharetta City Band will be performing when the fireworks erupt at dusk. If you are in the Marietta area, you can watch the Freedom Parade which will include 110 entries, 2,000 participants, and an estimated 30,000 spectators. The parade starts at 10 a.m. at Roswell Street Baptist Church and will venture west on Roswell Street.
If you want to start celebrating our country’s independence early, then check out all the happenings in Duluth on July 3. They will have fireworks, music, and activities for all to enjoy. Plus food trucks, children’s activities, giveaways, and more will be taking place on Duluth Town Green. You all know by now we are not only local to Duluth, but adore this cities green space! Checking out their Fourth of July activities has been a tradition for our family, and we plan to keep that tradition going this year too!
If you live in another Atlanta suburb, check your local paper for more details about events near you.
Catch a Ball Game. Baseball is called “America’s Favorite Pastime” for a reason. So what could be more All-American than watching the Braves battle it out in a series against one of the oldest, and most notable teams in Major League Baseball, the New York Yankees? Unfortunately, the series is not in Atlanta this year, but there will be plenty of watch parties where you can chop on. If you want to catch an actual game at the park, then head north toward Buford to see the Gwinnett Stripers take on the Norfolk Tide at Coolray Field. Coolray Field is beyond fun for the whole family, and to top of off the game will conclude with a boom in a spectacular display of fireworks.
Relax in Your Backyard. If you are more of a homebody, like Andrea and me, you can still have a memorable holiday. In fact, gathering neighbors, family, and friends for a backyard barbeque is the our favorite way to declare the United State’s freedom from the tyranny of British rule in 1776. (Did you know this was when we declared freedom? We are trying to educate you here at K&L too!) We can’t wait to enjoy the sweet aroma of grilled meats and vegetables, and chow down on all sorts of chips and dips! We plan to let the kiddos decorate their bicycles with red, white, and blue streamers, and let them eat all the cake and ice cream they want! And, if you’re lucky enough to have a beautiful above ground swimming pool, go ahead and let the kids run around in their Stars and Stripes bathing suits as they have cannonball contests with their friends!! Nothing screams Fourth of July like grilling, eating lots, and going for a swim in your spirited suits!!
And, if you do not already have an above ground pool (or hot tub – wouldn’t that be amazing!) in your yard, call the South’s largest seller of above ground pools and hot tubs, Rec Warehouse. Rec Warehouse sells “fun for less” with a wide variety of quality recreation and leisure equipment all at affordable prices. They have a selection bound to make the outdoor enthusiast giddy with excitement ranging from outdoor kitchens, patio furniture, misting fans, pool toys, above ground pools, and hot tubs.
Stop by one of the two beautiful Rec Warehouse showrooms in Norcross or Kennesaw, or simply shop online at recwarehouse.com to create an at-home oasis fit for Fourth of July fun. Emma will be making a stop here soon as she finalizes her deck renovation, and finalizes her backyard oasis!