The city of Alpharetta will host its annual Fourth of July event at Wills Park. The city has been putting on the fireworks show for at least 30 years, said Jenny Simpson, program coordinator. The 20-minute show will begin at dusk, but visitors to the park can enjoy food, music and children’s activities starting at 6 p.m.
Food vendors include Mac the Cheese Truck, The Fry Guy, Dippin’ Dots, Yum Yum Cupcakes, Great American Cookie Company, Shane’s Rib Shack, The Bubble Tea Truck, S & J Woodfire Pizza, Seven Seas Mediterranean Café, Kona Ice, Menchie’s Windward, Repicci’s Italian Ice, Good Eats Concession and Granny’s Old Fashioned Lemonade. Those wanting to purchase food must bring cash.
Musical entertainment for the evening will be performed by two local groups — the Alpharetta City Band and Serious Business. Children’s activities will include inflatables, face painting and games.
The city pool at Wills Park will be open July 4 from noon to 9 p.m. Pool admission is $3 per person. The Alpharetta Golden Age Club will sell concessions by the pool.
Simpson expects 30,000 to 35,000 visitors to the park for the July 4 activities.
Spectators can also view the city’s fireworks display from Matilda’s Cottage at 377 South Main Street. Matilda’s will host the Under the Pines concert series featuring The Deadfields beginning at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a plate of barbecue while listening to the band.
Another option for fireworks viewing is at Roswell High School at 11595 King Road. Preceding the fireworks will be music by Big Biscuit at 6 p.m. and Banks & Shane at 7:30 p.m. Carnival games will start at 5:30 p.m., and food from Shane’s Rib Shack will be available.
Earlier in the day, the Crabapple Community Association will host its annual Fourth of July Parade in Milton. The parade will start at 10 a.m. at the corner of McFarlin and Parkstead lanes with Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood leading the route. Enjoy music and activities following the parade.
The Piedmont Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution is inviting churches, courthouses and individuals to participate in the annual “Let Freedom Ring” National Bell Ringing Ceremony, along with others across the country.
On July 4 at 2 p.m., all participants should toll their bells 13 times in honor of the delegates from the 13 colonies who adopted the Declaration of Independence, said chapter president Walt Woliver.
For those wanting to elongate their Independence Day celebrations, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will be performing its July 4th All-American Celebration concert on July 5 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta.
The show starts at 8 p.m. It will feature well-known patriotic songs and will conclude with fireworks. Tickets start at $15.