The annual Peachtree Road Race is a Fourth of July tradition for many Atlantans.
The race, which was first held in 1970, will bring out about 60,000 runners. The 10-kilometer route travels down Peachtree from Lenox Square in Buckhead to 10th Street in Midtown just outside Piedmont Park.
Start times are 6:45 a.m. for the wheelchair race, 7:17 a.m. for the women’s professional division and 7:30 a.m. for the men’s professional division and the general population.
At least 150,000 spectators are expected to cheer on the participants.
The Chastain Park Civic Association will host the seventh annual Chastain Park Fourth of July Parade at 11 a.m. in Buckhead. The parade route will go down West Wiecua Road from Dudley Lane to Pool Road.
Information: (404) 881-4987 or www.chastainpark.org
The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive in downtown Atlanta, will host its Fourth of July Extravaganza for kids 8 and under at noon and 2 p.m. Participants can create their own flags, march in a parade and sing along to patriotic tunes. The program also promises a special indoor “fireworks” display that involves bubble wrap.
General admission to the museum is $12.75. Admission is free for children under age 1.
Celebrate Independence Day at the 55th annual Legendary Fourth of July at Lenox Square in Buckhead.
The event will feature musical entertainment, food concessions and a fireworks display. Norwood, the winner of Lenox Square’s Atlanta’s Next Legend talent show, will open the lineup of live performances at 6 p.m. (see related article, page 5B). Departure, a Journey tribute band, will take the stage at 6:45 p.m. followed by headliner Party on the Moon at 7:30 p.m. The fireworks are scheduled to begin at about 9:40 p.m.
Lenox Square is at 3393 Peachtree Road.
Information: (404) 233-6767 or www.simon.com/mall/lenox-square
The Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker St. in downtown Atlanta, will host its Red, White and Brew party from 7 to 10 p.m. in the aquarium’s Oceans Ballroom and on the parking deck rooftop.
The event, for guests 21 and older, will include unlimited beer samplings, live music from The Geeks, a barbecue dinner buffet, caricature artists, a photo booth and more.
At about 9:40 p.m., guests will go up to the parking deck rooftop for a viewing of Centennial Olympic Park’s fireworks show.
Tickets are $55 or $45 for aquarium members. Prices will go up to $65 for all tickets Thursday. Proceeds will benefit the aquarium’s sponsored education admissions program, teacher development and summer camps.
From 7:30 to 11 p.m., the aquarium hosts its Red, White and View celebration for all ages. The party includes children’s activities, summertime treats, desserts, beverages and access to the aquarium’s prime fireworks viewing area. Tickets are $15 for children and $20 for adults.
Catch the Atlanta Braves game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Friday night and stay afterwards for Turner Field’s All-American Fireworks Spectacular, which will be choreographed to patriotic music.
The game starts at 7:35 p.m. Tickets range from $14 to $106. Turner Field is at 755 Hank Aaron Drive in downtown Atlanta.
A community fireworks display will be held in Sandy Springs the day after Independence Day.
The Sandy Springs Stars and Stripes Celebration will be Saturday starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Concourse Corporate Center lawn at 5 Concourse Pkwy. There will be live music by the band Shiloh. Attendees are invited to bring their own snacks and blankets to sit on. The fireworks will start at about 9:45 p.m.
Centennial Olympic Park, 265 Park Ave. in downtown Atlanta, will host its Fourth of July celebration from 6 to 10 p.m. Enjoy a family friendly evening in the park and listen to live R&B and dance music by JFly and Friends. When the sky darkens, the fireworks show will begin. The show is set to patriotic and popular music and is televised by WSB-TV.