While the state of Georgia offers fun in the sun during most months of the year, July is extra special since it brings exciting Independence Day celebrations. As a prominent destination, there are plenty of unforgettable vacation rentals in Georgia for you and your family to enjoy—so book your stay today. With all of the 4th of July festivities in the state, you’ll have more than enough activities and points of interest to check out. Catch these festivals, parades, and fireworks displays at these family-friendly cities in Georgia.
Fireworks and food are almost secondary when it comes to fourth of July celebrations in Atlanta. In Georgia’s capital city, it’s all about the Founding Fathers, ferris wheels and fire cannons. You can squeeze in a history lesson for the kids as you watch runners dressed like the Founding Fathers run in the Peachtree Road Runners Race. If you’re looking for a bit more razzle dazzle, Stone Mountain Park’s Fantastic Fourth Celebration has the world’s longest running laser show, with fire cannons that shoot flames into the air. If you’re soaring high and want to take to the sky, head to Centennial Olympic Park for a memorable Independence Day ferris wheel ride.
A trip to Buford means a visit to the Mall of Georgia, where the community is set to gather for an epic fourth of July party. At the Village Kids Zone, kids can meet big time superheroes such as Captain America and Wonder Woman. They’ll also get to play games, go rock climbing and jump in bounce houses. Live music and great food will keep the adults happy, and the fireworks at the end of the night will awe everyone.
3. Pine Mountain
For an all day celebration of the fourth, head to the Callaway Gardens’ annual Star Spangled Beach Party. Held at Robin Lake Beach, the all-day fiesta can turn into a week-long vacation by the shore. As if the sparkling water, warm sand and stunning views aren’t enough to entice you to the coast, on the July 4, the beach party will feature a circus, deejay and fireworks extravaganza.
4. East Point
A festive fourth calls for a fantastic soundtrack to the day’s events, which is what you’ll find at East Point. Groove to a funk soul band or relax to mellow R&B in downtown, where the Salute to the Red, White and Blue celebration takes place. Kids will love the carnival rides, and the entire family can join the crowd for the fireworks show at night. While East Point may feel like a vacation to the suburbs, there are still plenty of things to see beyond the fourth of July festivities, such as flight museums and nature parks.
You and your family can spend an entire day, or three, at the sprawling Six Flags theme park in Georgia. The park offers a three-day celebration featuring fireworks and special events, so you could plan an entire amusement park-themed fourth of July vacation this year. See how many of the park’s most popular rides you can tackle, or cool off at Hurricane Harbor, Six Flags in-house water park. Change up the pace in the evening, with entertainment the whole family can enjoy together, such as dancing, live performances and fireworks.
6. Stone Mountain
Stone Mountain is already a top summer vacation destination for its acres of woodlands, exhibits and family-oriented attractions. But time your trip around July 4 to participate in the Fantastic Fourth Celebration at Stone Mountain Park. The park celebrates the holiday not just on Independence Day, but for four whole days. From a fireworks-laden visual feast to a high Swiss cable car ride, Stone Mountain offers unique experiences hard to find elsewhere.
Marietta is a sweet vacation spot for its historic attractions and warm hospitality. And the friendly city has something special planned for Independence Day. The Marietta Independence Day Parade will wind through the streets, featuring more than 2,000 participants, followed by a celebration on Marietta Square. You’ll find something for everyone at the Fourth in the Park Festival, an event that includes a free concert, carnival games, arts and crafts show, food and fireworks.
History buffs will want to make their way to Savannah for Independence Day celebrations unlike any other. You’ll be able to travel back in time at the Wormsloe Historic Site, where their annual British Occupation of Savannah reenactment recreates the city as it was under British rule. You and your family can rally for the revolution, and try your hand at cannon firing and artillery drills while learning more about the city during several of America’s historic wars. If fourth of July isn’t complete without a parade and fireworks, stop by Magnolia Park for a neighborhood parade, or head to the historic district to catch fireworks along the riverfront.
9. Tybee Island
Tybee Island has days of festivities planned for Independence Day, on top of all it already offers, such as its gorgeous beaches and recreational activities. Expect big time entertainment the weekend before the fourth, from concerts to movie classics to the Market at the Lighthouse. Then on the fourth, spend a day at the beach with your family. You can also watch Tybee Island’s Fireworks display light up the night sky.
Augusta is already a near-perfect vacation destination for those who want to experience true southern charm. You’ll get the warm hospitality and delectable comfort food as well as an incredible fireworks show and other patriotic events. With numerous family friendly events held around town, including everything from hot air balloon rides to live entertainment, the biggest question will be deciding which event to attend.