Officials in Dunwoody and Sandy Springs encourage residents to celebrate their independence and “get closer” together all weekend July 4 and 5.
The Hospitality and Convention and Visitors bureaus of the two cities decided to combine promotional efforts for the holiday weekend this year, noting that residents frequently cross the borders for entertainment and leisure activities.

“Two of the most anticipated ways to celebrate – fireworks and parades – and both are located within the borders of our cities. With our collective array of hotels and dining options, vacationing in the Perimeter area is an easy choice,” Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis said.

The Dunwoody Fouth of July parade started in 1976, on a route that started in the office park across from Georgetown Shopping Center and ended at a reviewing stand in Dunwoody Village. On July 4, the parade starts at 9 a.m. from the intersection of Mount Vernon and Jett Ferry roads.

The Dunwoody Homeowners Association will also host a swearing-in ceremony for 25 United States citizens as part of the festivities, such as floats, bands, antique cars and neighborhood marching groups.

On July 5, Sandy Springs will host its third Stars and Stripes Celebration at the Concourse Corporate Center lawn, located at Five Concourse Parkway.  The community is invited to pack a picnic and enjoy the afternoon turned evening on the lawn, with fireworks beginning at 9:45 p.m. The band, Shiloh, will perform as entertainment.

Water stations will be located throughout the Concourse viewing lawn, and residents are encouraged to pack a snack and bring soft-sided balls, Frisbees and other kid and crowd-friendly toys. Pets, tents, outdoor cooking and personal-use sparklers will not be permitted in the Concourse area.

“The cities of Dunwoody and Sandy Springs are physically central to happenings throughout the metro Atlanta area, giving families a lot of choices in planning out their holiday weekend,” Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul said.