A Step-by-Step Guide to the Best 4th of July in Atlanta

You’re cordially invited to join us for a celebration of our nation’s birthday! There’s no need to RSVP — simply follow our guide to 4th of July Atlanta and jump into all of the excitement. We set you up for a full day of enjoyment from start to finish! Feel free to customize your experience further with additional tips and recommendations in our free Travel Guide, too. Just make sure you catch the fireworks at the end of the day. It is Independence Day, after all!

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Enjoy the Ultimate 4th of July in Atlanta

Kick off the Morning at the AJC Peachtree Road Race

Your fun-filled day begins at the starting line of the AJC Peachtree Road Race! It’s the world’s largest 10k, which leads thousands of participants on a scenic journey from the Lenox Square Mall in Buckhead to Piedmont Park in Midtown. You’re welcome to run, walk, or cheer everyone on from the sidelines. Afterward, cool off and grab a well-deserved meal from a variety of restaurants near the finish line!

Local tip: Keep in mind that some roads may be closed to cars during the event.

Spend the Afternoon at a Museum

Soak up some culture after the race! There are several must-see museums in the area, allowing you to enjoy a leisurely afternoon before the celebrations in the evening. The Atlanta History Center and the Center for Civil and Human Rights are both excellent options, especially on a day that we honor American history. You can also mix things up and see what’s on exhibit at the High Museum of Art as well as the Museum of Design Atlanta.

Enjoy Cocktails in the Garden

Make sure you don’t lose track of time at our local museums. (It’s easy to get lost in the fascinating displays!) Cocktails in the Garden starts at 5:30 p.m. with live music, games, and refreshing beverages at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Of course, there’s plenty of beautiful flowers to see as well!

Attend Red, White & Brew

After a stroll through the gardens, head over to the Georgia Aquarium for their annual 4th of July event at 7:00 p.m. Red, White & Brew is one of their signature celebrations, featuring a BBQ dinner by Wolfgang Puck Catering, live music, and unlimited beer samples. Hundreds of aquatic species are on the guest list this year, too! The event takes place in the Oceans Ballroom, where you can see whales, manta rays, sharks, and more.

View the Fireworks

At the end of the night, look upward as the night sky erupts with colorful fireworks! One of the biggest displays takes place at Centennial Olympic Park in Downtown Atlanta. If you’re attending the Red, White & Brew event, you can see it from the Georgia Aquarium parking garage! Otherwise, you’re welcome to grab a prime viewing spot in the area and enjoy the show.

Unwind at Stonehurst Place

The bed in the Piedmont Room at Stonehurst Place

Are you ready for a spectacular 4th of July in Atlanta? Secure your lodging early so that you don’t miss out on all the excitement! The elegant accommodations and convenient location of Stonehurst Place make it the perfect place to unwind after a busy Independence Day. Our Midtown Atlanta inn is home to eight beautiful rooms and suites, each with a long list of amenities and thoughtful touches for your stay.

Consider The Piedmont room for your visit this summer. The glamorous décor and luxurious furnishings will be a welcome sight after exploring the city all day. Stretch out in the queen-size bed, wrap yourself in seven layers of linens, and enjoy a restful night’s sleep. We’ll have a delicious, gourmet breakfast waiting for you in the morning!

A memorable 4th of July is a few clicks away. Book your stay today!