It’s the Fourth of July again. Most importantly and slightly more relevant to you, it’s the Fourth of July in Atlanta, which means you’re already winning. There’s so much to do, staying inside all weekend would be the only way to lose. Trust me, the holiday is more than just Fireworks at Stone Mountain (though that never gets old) and Star Wars fans insisting, “the Fourth be with you.” Here are some going-ons in our favorite city on what’s arguably the most exciting weekend of the summer.
1. Friday, July 3 – Beerly Legal
4:00 p.m. at Second Self Beer Company
Second Self Beer Company, one of Atlanta’s newest breweries, is celebrating America’s independence by coupling its popular beers with barbeque grilled by Rusty Bowers, owner of Pine Street Market – the award-winning butcher shop in Avondale Estates that’s garnered a huge following in recent years.
2. If you’re looking for something more kid and budget-friendly, there are two free movie screening events in the city as well. Besides, what’s more American than going to the movies?
- Thursday, July 2 – Movies in Central Park: Independence Day
6:30 p.m. at Central Park, Atlantic Station
Appropriately so, Central Park is showing the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day. The film will start at dusk, and you’re encouraged to bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic baskets.
- Friday, July 3 – Brookhaven Food Truck and Movie Night
5:00 p.m. at Brookhaven Park
In addition to screening Disney’s Big Hero Six, which is perfect for kids (and adults, trust me…you’ll love this movie), also offers a nice twist on dinner with a variety of food trucks from which to choose.
3. Friday, July 3 – Kennesaw’s Independence Day Salute to America
6:00 p.m. at the Historic Train Depot in Downtown Kennesaw
This annual event in Kennesaw features live music and one of the biggest fireworks displays in North Georgia. Admission is free, but most importantly, Atlanta’s own CW Crew will be in attendance doing what they do best, handing out free goodies and SWAG. They’d love to see you there!
4. Friday, July 4 – Red, White, and Boil
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Atkins Park Restaurant and Bar
There are a bunch of restaurants promoting specials in honor of the day, but this brunch in Virginia Highlands is offering a boil complete with wild Georgia shrimp, snow crab legs, black mussels, Andouille sausage, potatoes, sweet corn, and Vidalia onions steamed in beer with Old Bay seasoning. Additionally, the price, 17.76 per lb., is too patriotic to pass up.
There you have it: Four awesome things to do this Fourth of July in Atlanta. There’s really no excuse not to go out and celebrate the birth of our great nation. However, if you’re under the weather or exhausted after attempting to run the Peachtree Road Race without adequate training, staying inside and watching or re-watching the first season of The Flash or Jane the Virgin is also an acceptable option.