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Patriotic Pastimes: Fourth of July 2014 in Atlanta

A number of Atlanta landmarks - like Lake Lanier Islands Resort - will play host to stunning fireworks shows in celebration of Independence Day 2014
A number of Atlanta landmarks - like Lake Lanier Islands Resort - will play host to stunning fireworks shows in celebration of Independence Day 2014
Lake Lanier Islands Resort

Atlantans take their holiday celebrations very seriously. This is particularly true of patriotic observances – like the Fourth of July – where the entire nation celebrates its independence. Some might argue that Atlanta just does it a little louder and prouder. In addition to main street celebrations throughout the state – such as the Cumming July Fourth Celebration and Parade or Marietta’s Fourth in the Park – Metro Atlanta will play host to a number of highly notable commemorations and patriotic pastimes to make this Fourth of July among the most memorable to date.

Downtown Atlanta: The Fourth of July in the City of Atlanta is a long-standing tradition for many Southerners. As host to the AJC Peachtree Road Race early in the day of the Fourth, Atlanta runners and their fans have a tendency to get the party started early and keep it going until after dark. Some of the Fourth of July activities taking part in Downtown Atlanta during the holiday weekend include the 4th of July All American Fireworks Spectacular at Turner Field following Friday’s Braves game against the Arizona Diamondbacks; Red, White and Brew celebration at The Georgia Aquarium – complete with barbecue, live music, beer sampling and fireworks; and open air concert and fireworks set against the Atlanta skyline during Centennial Olympic Park’s 4th of July Celebration.

Buckhead/Midtown: Home to one of Atlanta’s most famed Fourth celebrations, Buckhead will once again play host to Lenox Square’s 55th Annual Legendary 4th of July Festivities – which is comprised of talent search, musical entertainment, food concessions and one of the largest fireworks displays in the Southeast. Guests who arrive earlier in the day can while away a few hours exploring the sprawling newly renovated mall. For those who want a slightly different perspective of the fireworks display over Lenox – W Atlanta Buckhead will host Red, White and Whiskey Blue at the hotel’s flagship bar. The 21+ evening will consist of signature cocktails, gourmet bites, DJ’s Rimby and Verse spinning tunes, and spectacular views from outdoor patios along the rooftop.

Lake Lanier Islands Resort – Fourth of July Weekend Celebration 2014 – July 2-5: A lakeside celebration SO BIG it couldn’t be contained to just one day, the festivities at Lake Lanier Islands Resort will include a series of open air concerts on Big Beach and Sunset Cove, live “Red, White and Blue 4th of July Party” remote with Kicks 101.5, fireworks over the water, and so much more. Concentrated within the beach and boardwalk entertainment district known as LanierWorld, guests can enjoy fun-filled days of soaking up rays on the sand, testing their bravery on some major league waterslides, or dining al fresco at several on-site restaurants. For visitors who wish to turn their day at the lake into a stay at the lake, the resort is home to several luxury accommodation offerings – including Legacy Lodge, Legacy Villas and the popular, newly renovated LakeHouses. Legacy Lodge now features pet-friendly rooms and a new saltwater leisure pool with friendly service right to your lounge chair. The 4th of July Extravanganza Package includes 4 LanierWorld passes, an overnight luxury stay, $50 Resort Credit for 4th of July BBQ at the NEW Legacy Lodge pool or by the beach, breakfast for four at Windows Restaurant, and more starting at just $249.

Callaway Gardens – July 4 Star Spangled Beach Party – July 4-6: Designed to encompass a full weekend celebration, the Star Spangled Beach Party at Callaway Gardens includes beach activities – such as the Aqua Island obstacle course, Blaster Boats, Paddleboats, and more (for a nominal fee), live music headlined by the Swinging Medallions, performances by the FSU High Flying Circus, and – of course – a fireworks extravaganza. For those who wish to make a Star Spangled Staycation out of their visit to the Gardens, the July 4th Star Spangled Beach Party package starts at $189 for accommodations at the Mountain Creek Inn and includes breakfast plus admission to the festivities and the Gardens.

Stone Mountain Park – Fantastic Fourth Celebration 2014 – July 3-5: Declared a “Must See Fireworks Show” by USA Today and making Readers Digest’s list of “America’s Most Spectacular Fourth of July Fireworks,” the masterminds behind the mountain at Stone Mountain Park are getting ready to host another unforgettable Fourth of July celebration at this beloved Atlanta destination. But before the first fuse on their fireworks show is lit, guests can enjoy a fun-filled day of exploring the park and enjoying attractions like the outdoor adventure course SkyHike®, the waterlogged wonderland Geyser Towers®, a trip to the top of the mountain on Summit Skyride, and so much more. Visitors during the three-day celebration will want to snag a seat on the lawn early to catch the newly revamped Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision®, which incorporates a refreshed playlist of 10 new songs – including Pharell Williams “Happy” and Idina Menzel’s hit from Disney’s Frozen “Let It Go”. At the end of the show, fireworks light up the night sky to end the day. Atlantans who wish to make a star-spangled staycation out of their visit to Stone Mountain will appreciate the fact that the park is home to campgrounds and two Marriott properties – Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort and the Stone Mountain Inn.

Six Flags Over Georgia – Coca-Cola® July 4th Fest – July 4-6: Guests that arrive with a Coca-Cola® can during the Fest, can be admitted into the park an hour early! A portion of the park – which includes thrilling rides like Goliath, BATMAN: The Ride, Dare Devil Dive, Mind Bender and Gotham City Crime Wave – will be open during these early hours. Early admittance hours for those days are as follows: July 4: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., July 5: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m., and July 6: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. While each of these days begins with a chance for early admittance to the park, they all end with a BANG – thanks to the park’s amazing fireworks show. While at the park throughout the day enjoying all of Six Flags’ signature thrilling rides, guests will definitely want to check out the all new Hurricane Harbor – which just made its debut earlier this season. The waterpark within the park features the world's first hybrid zero-gravity slide, along with a 38,000 square foot wave pool, children's interactive water playground and more.

Have a Happy and Safe Fourth of July Weekend!

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