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Atlanta events commemorate Independence Day
by Nicole Dow
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Lenox Square staff are preparing for the 55th year of Fourth of July fireworks near the mall. Front row from left, Ashley Keller, assistant director of marketing and business development, Lauren McNulty, director of marketing and business development, Andrea Spurgin, assistant mall manager, Robin Gracia, office administrator, and Deeandra Trotman, marketing administrative assistant. Back row from left, Brad Woodward, director of security, Bony Perez, area operations director, and Carol Johnson, guest services manager.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Lenox Square staff are preparing for the 55th year of Fourth of July fireworks near the mall. Front row from left, Ashley Keller, assistant director of marketing and business development, Lauren McNulty, director of marketing and business development, Andrea Spurgin, assistant mall manager, Robin Gracia, office administrator, and Deeandra Trotman, marketing administrative assistant. Back row from left, Brad Woodward, director of security, Bony Perez, area operations director, and Carol Johnson, guest services manager.
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal / From left, Lenox Square staffers Robin Gracia, office administrator, Andrea Spurgin, assistant mall manager, Lauren McNulty, director of marketing and business development, and Bony Perez, area operations director, discuss the upcoming Fourth of July fireworks near the mall.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / From left, Lenox Square staffers Robin Gracia, office administrator, Andrea Spurgin, assistant mall manager, Lauren McNulty, director of marketing and business development, and Bony Perez, area operations director, discuss the upcoming Fourth of July fireworks near the mall.
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Special Photo / Fireworks light up the night sky over Lenox Square in Buckhead during the Legendary Fourth of July event in 2012.
Special Photo / Fireworks light up the night sky over Lenox Square in Buckhead during the Legendary Fourth of July event in 2012.
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Special Photo / Thousands gather in the parking lot of Lenox Square in Buckhead for the Legendary Fourth of July event in 2012.
Special Photo / Thousands gather in the parking lot of Lenox Square in Buckhead for the Legendary Fourth of July event in 2012.
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Special Photo / Party on the Moon performs during the Legendary Fourth of July at Lenox Square in 2012. The band will also perform at this year's festivities.
Special Photo / Party on the Moon performs during the Legendary Fourth of July at Lenox Square in 2012. The band will also perform at this year's festivities.
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Whether interested in running, baseball, beer, music or family friendly activities, there are plenty of options to celebrate the nation’s independence in Atlanta Friday. Festivities last from morning until evening when fireworks shows will light up the night sky. Those looking to continue the party through the weekend are in luck as one July 4 event in Sandy Springs will be held the day after the holiday.

Road race

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.

Information: www.peachtreeroadrace.org

Parade

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

Children’s museum

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.

Information: www.childrensmuseumatlanta.org

Lenox Square

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

Aquarium

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.

Information: www.georgiaaquarium.org

Turner Field

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.

Information: www.atlanta.braves.mlb.com

Sandy Springs

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.

Information: www.sandyspringsga.org/fireworks

Centennial Park

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.

Information: www.centennialpark.com
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