Calendar of smaller community events
City of Peach. The annual parade and fireworks will begin at Village on the Green, then travel up Peachtree Parkway and end at the Mcintosh Trail Recreation Center. Fireworks will take place on Peachtree Lake. 9:00 a.m.; the fireworks begin at dusk. peachtree-city.org
Arbor Place Mall. This event, aptly called The Big Bang Celebration, will feature food vendors; train journeys; live music and entertainment; a children’s area with bouncy house, games and make-up; more gifts. 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. 6700, boul. Douglas, Douglasville. 770.947.4244, arborplace.com.
Serenbe. For the atmosphere of a small town parade, head to Serenbe which will host its 17th annual parade with decorated floats, golf carts, tractors, buskers, the town’s fire truck and more , all along Selborne Lane from the gravel road at Wildflower Meadow to Serenbe Stables. The event is about a 30-minute drive from Atlanta. Visitors can therefore make it a weekend getaway by staying at the Inn at Serenbe or drive there during the holidays and have breakfast at the Blue Eyed Daisy. The parade starts at 10 a.m. serenbe.com.
Chattanooga, TN. If getting out of town for the fourth is on your agenda, consider a day trip or weekend trip, as this city is about a two-hour drive from Atlanta. Events throughout the holiday weekend will include Pops on the River, a celebration at Coolidge Park featuring outdoor entertainment with popular soul and R&B band Love, Peace & Happiness followed by a Chattanooga Patriotic Concert Symphony & Opera. The finale of the musical evening will be a big fireworks display. Visitors can also cruise on a guided tour on the Southern Belle Riverboat to view fireworks from the water. Musical performances begin at 5:30 p.m. on July 2. pops on the river, chattanoogapops.com. Boat travel times vary, chattanoogariverboat.com.
Dunwoody. Parade of Stars is the theme of this year’s festivities, organized by the Dunwoody Homeowners Association. The 2.7-mile parade route loops around the heart of the suburbs and will feature a variety of floats, entertainment, music and giveaways from local sponsors, including NFA Burger, which will deliver sweets from a car retro. The parade starts at 9 a.m. dunwoodyga.org.
City of Marietta. Get into the red, white and blue spirit at a local parade, performances, bells, a special kids’ zone, crafts, food stalls and an evening fireworks display during the Let Freedom Ring Parade. Parade begins at 9:99 a.m. S. Park Square NE, Marietta. mariettaga.gov.
Stone Mountain Park. The Fantastic Fourth Celebration, which will be held from July 1 to 5, will feature live entertainment, fireworks, family attractions, laser light shows with state-of-the-art digital graphics and impressive effects, and more. Various times. 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain. 770-498-5690, stonemountainpark.com.
Kennesaw. Tribute to America, the annual Independence Day festivities in historic downtown Kennesaw, will include two live music stages, street performances, food vendors, music, family activities and fireworks, visible from Depot Park and along Main Street. 6-10 p.m. July 3. kennesaw-ga.gov/salutetoamerica.
Roswell. The annual Fireworks Extravaganza will feature live music, entertainment and food trucks. Guests can bring chairs and blankets for fun in one of the many fireworks viewing areas. The fireworks will begin at sunset. 6:00 p.m. Roswell Area Park, 10495 Woodstock Road, Roswell. roswellgov.com.