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Atlanta overflows with Fourth of July celebrations
by Caroline Young
cyoung@neighbornewspapers.com
June 27, 2012 12:55 PM | 1975 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Courtney Ward and daughter Veronica, 6, take a seat on the golf cart they plan on riding in the 4th of July Parade in Chastain Park.
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Atlanta is always hoppin’ on the Fourth of July with parties, parades and festivals all over the city. This year, between a barbecue and beer fest at the Georgia Aquarium and the fifth annual Chastain Park parade, everyone is bound to find a way to show some patriotism and celebrate America’s 235th year next Wednesday.

Parade

Hosted by the Chastain Park Civic Association, the Chastain Park Fourth of July Parade will start its fifth go-round from 11 a.m. to noon at Chastain Park, 4001 Powers Ferry Road. Kids get decked out in American garb, decorate bikes, tricycles and skateboards, and a fire engine usually leads the parade. There will be festivities, food and fun afterwards.

Information: (404) 885-3695 or www.ChastainPark.org.

Centennial park

Downtown, Centennial Olympic Park’s Fourth of July celebration offers entertainment for the whole family, including a 9:40 p.m. fireworks display synchronizing with patriotic music. Park gates open at 6 p.m.

Information: www.CentennialPark.com.

Children’s museum

At Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, located downtown, kids 8 and under will create American flags and decorate sunglasses and water bottle holders in red, white and blue to take with them to Centennial Olympic Park. Activities start at 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive.

Information:(404) 659-5437 or www.ChildrensMuseumAtlanta.org.

Aquarium

The Georgia Aquarium is hosting the Red, White and Brew barbecue and beer fest in the Oceans Ballroom and on the top floor of the aquarium parking deck from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at 225 Baker St., downtown. Tickets are $55, which includes beer samples, a tasting mug, Williamson Brothers barbecue and live music from Yacht Rock Schooner.

Information: (404) 581-4000 or www.GeorgiaAquarium.org.

Lenox Square

This year marks Lenox Square’s 53rd annual Fourth of July from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. at 3393 Peachtree Road in Buckhead. As always, there will be children’s games, musical entertainment, food and the biggest fireworks display in the Southeast.

Information: (404) 233-6767 or www.Simon.com.

East Andrews

For beach lovers staying in the city this year, East Andrews is hosting the Buckhead Beach Party with live music beginning at 2 p.m. but doors open at 11 a.m. at 56 E. Andrews Drive. It is offering volleyball, cold beer and free rides to see fireworks. Tickets are $10 and attendees must be 21 or older.

Information: (404) 869-1132 or www.EastAndrews.com.

Underground

In Underground Atlanta, the 17th annual Heritage Arts Festival runs July 4 through 8. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 4 and 5, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 6 and 7 and noon to 6 p.m. July 8. It is chock full of entertainment, including live music, storytelling, book signings, artists, film screenings and live demonstrations. The event is free.

Information: www.HeritageArtsFestival.org.
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