4th of July fireworks

Here’s a few ways to celebrate the Fourth of July in Atlanta.

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.