Atlanta INtown will partner with the Center for Civil & Human Rights in July to present Films that Matter – thought-provoking contemporary hits with civil and human rights themes. The series include, Invictus (July 8), Milk (July 15), Hotel Rwanda (July 22) and The Secret Life of Bees (July 29). The free films will be shown downtown in Woodruff Park at dusk. Arrive early to dine at one of the nearby restaurants. For more information, visit www.cchrpartnership.org.

Alliance Française d’Atlanta will hold its annual Bastille Day Celebration Saturday, July 10, from 7 to 11 p.m. on the panoramic 18th floor of the Atlanta law offices of Nelson Mullins, located at 20117th St. in Atlantic Station. The event will feature live music and a selection of French food and wine. Guests also will be able to explore various salons that will showcase the diverse global influence of French culture, as well as a French marché, which will feature items to purchase through both live and silent auctions. Tickets to the event are $140 for Alliance Française members and $160 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased on www.afatl.com/bastilleday.html.

Huff Harrington Fine Art will host the Bastille Day & French Invitational Show on Wednesday, July 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. Among the gallery’s attractions are art, live music and wine. The work of French artists such as Georges Nasri, Christian Nepo, Andree Thobati, Ewa Rzeznik and Pascal Bouterin will be on exhibit. 4240 Rickenbacker Dr. www.huffharrington.com

B-ATL, commemorating the Battle of Atlanta during the Civil War, is July 23 – 25. The event kicks off July 23 with the B-ATL Gala, a dinner spread and a tour at East Lake Golf Club. On July 24, spectators can watch the third annual Double Quick 5K Race. This year, a scavenger hunt is included in the festivities as well as a bike tour. Guides will host walking tours along the battle lines to highlight facts and anecdotes that took place during the battle. East Atlanta Village will host concerts, living history and demonstrations throughout the day. To order tickets and see a full schedule of event, visit www.batlevent.org.

The countdown to WrestleMania, which will be held in the Georgia Dome next spring, includes a WWE SmackDown event on Tuesday, July 6, at 6:45 p.m. in Philips Arena. This is the final WWE event in Atlanta before WrestleMania. Tickets are on sale now at www.philipsarena.com, with prices ranging from $20 to $75.

The National Black Arts Festival will be held at various locations around Atlanta from July 14 – 18 featuring music, theater, dance. literature and more. One of the highlights of this year’s festival is the A Gathering of Colors Gala on July 17 at 7 p.m. feature live jazz music and dinner. Attendees will include actress and director Jasmine Guy, bassist-composer Avery Sharpe, trumpeter Joe Gransden and his 16-piece Big Band and actress and hostess Lynn Whitfield. To Curtis With Love, a tribute to Curtis Mayfield, is July 16 at Atlanta Symphony Hall featuring performances by Dionne Farris, Eddie Levert, The Impressions and more. A performance by dance troupe Philadanco will be at the Rialto Center for the Arts on July 15-17. Turner Broadcasting will also host he Pan African Film Festival at the Rialto. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.nbaf.org.

July 4th Celebrations

It’s too late to run in the annual Peachtree Road Race, but the famed event is also a spectator sport, with most of the restaurants along the Peachtree Street course opening early. You can also welcome the runners in Piedmont Park. The wheelchair race begins at 6:45 a.m. and the thousands expected to run will leave the Lenox Square starting line at 7:30 a.m. www.atlantatrackclub.org/peachtree.htm

Independence Day kicks off in Centennial Olympic Park with live music and entertainment starting at 4:30 p.m.  Enjoy the park festivities before concluding the evening with AirTran Airways Fireworks Spectacular at 9:30 p.m. Entertainment before the fireworks show engages family-style fun with children’s activities and arts and crafts. www.centennialpark.com

With 51 years of Southern-style celebration under its belt, the Lenox Square Fourth of July Celebration featuring the “largest fireworks show in the Southeast,” will host its festivities beginning with live music at 6 p.m. With fun-filled activities for kids and a tradition of unique fireworks, the family can look forward to the show starting around 9:40 p.m. Due to vehicle congestion and limited parking space, visitors are asked to take MARTA to Lenox Square Station. www.simon.com.

In true patriotic style, The Pied Piper Parade from the First Baptist Church of Decatur to the Courthouse Square starting at 5:30 p.m. The parade will end at the Community Bandstand on the square, where the Callanwolde Concert Band will perform at 7 p.m. Fireworks start after dark, roughly 9 p.m., and are shot from the top of DeKalb County’s parking deck. www.decaturga.com

Join in the 42nd annual Stone Mountain Park’s Fantastic Fourth Celebration weekend beginning July 3. Weekend events include the Lasershow Spectacular nightly as well as live entertainment. Jumpstart this family-oriented weekend with the country’s largest adventure ropes course, the Sky Hike, and end it with Independence Day’s Fireworks starting at 9:30 p.m. Park opens at 10 a.m. Vehicle entry to the park is $10 for a one day permit or $35 for annual permit. www.stonemountainpark.com

If you’re in the mood for a little baseball with your fireworks, the Atlanta Braves will take on the Florida Marlins at Turner Field starting at 5:05 p.m. followed by a big fireworks display. www.Braves.com

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.