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Where is the best place to see 4th of July fireworks in and around Atlanta?

We have our winners.

It’s one of the area’s most popular tourist destinations, but it’s also a favorite holiday destination for locals. It was a close race, but Stone Mountain Park narrowly edged out Lenox Square as your pick for the best place to see fireworks on the Fourth of July. Check out your picks for the Top Five places in and around Atlanta to see the sky light up on July 4.

Your No. 2 pick was our No. 1. The traffic and the crowds keep some away from Buckhead on the night of July 4, but those who venture out are in for a real pyrotechnical treat at Lenox Square. And there’s always live entertainment, too. See our picks for the Top Five places to see July 4 fireworks in and around Atlanta.

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David

June 15th, 2009
4:20 pm

Roswell High School, no music, no pre show. Bring some Popeye’s … enjoy your family and friends … then it gets dark and there’s fireworks. Simple.

Rich

June 15th, 2009
7:19 pm

The fireworks at Lenox Square are pretty darn good.

Steak

June 15th, 2009
8:34 pm

The rooftop deck at STATS, 300 Marietta St is by far the best place. I brought Nola and baby Sophie therer last year and it was great.

koko

June 15th, 2009
9:38 pm

Decatur square. Great show, and there’s a Marta stop right in the middle of it.

misslady

June 15th, 2009
11:10 pm

centennial park the best and the longest and you can walk to the train station but come early most people party all day

hoodawg

June 16th, 2009
1:11 am

Top deck, Turner Field. You can see the rest of the city’s shows from a distance during the game, then get a front-row seat for the best fireworks display in town.

MF

June 16th, 2009
1:25 am

Lenox Square!!!

sightseer

June 16th, 2009
6:21 am

The Decatur Square. Starts with parade and concert. Awesome!

Mark

June 16th, 2009
6:26 am

Newnan Community Fireworks produced by the Newnan Rotary Club at Drake Stadium

MDA

June 16th, 2009
9:10 am

Decatur on the sq

MDA

June 16th, 2009
9:16 am

Decatur Square. A 4th of July celebration with music provided by an all volunteer community concert band – THE CALLANWOLDE CONCERT BAND!!
This fine organization (www.calcb.org) entertains the crowd with marches, patriotic music, popular movie and show selections and ending the program with the 1812 Overture complete (and timed at the conclusion)with the fireworks display. This is truely a COMMUNITY EVENT!

WatchingIdol

June 16th, 2009
9:44 am

sightseer – Shame on you. don’t tell anyone about the Decatur fireworks. It’s crowded enough already. Let people think the City of Atlanta has better fireworks. Keep them out of Decatur.

Well, at least they’ll think the best place to go is the Square. We won’t tell them you actually see the fireworks best at the C***** across the street from the P*** ****** or from the lot at the NE corner of *g*** *c*** ****e*e!

iLOVEfireworks

June 16th, 2009
10:56 am

Lenox Square is HANDS DOWN the best! This year is the 50th Anniversary, so it should be particularly good!

leharry

June 16th, 2009
10:57 am

What?!? No one has mentioned Stone Mountain?

reservoirDAWG

June 16th, 2009
11:05 am

Downtown Norcross.

John

June 16th, 2009
12:55 pm

Inside my apartment watching the fireworks via HD TV without the hassle
of the crowds.Besides I live in Inman Park and I can step outside for a
view of all the displays.

lelee

June 16th, 2009
3:02 pm

Downtown old Norcross.

NY Transplant

June 16th, 2009
4:26 pm

East Point. Love going the little bridge and parking, plunking down a chair, sitting and watching the works. Great folks, no crowds, wonderful.

Keith

June 16th, 2009
5:45 pm

Anywhere where the thugs are not! Don’t want to have to worry about getting shot, killed, robbed, etc. You know how good they are at that!

Arlo

June 16th, 2009
5:45 pm

My front yard to see Gwinnett Glows. No traffic, no crowds & plenty of good food & cold beer.

robynka

June 16th, 2009
6:49 pm

Dahlonega, Georgia. Crowds gather on the campus of North Georgia College & State University, surrounded by the beautiful mountains and quaint town square. Events throughout the day, including live music. Bring a picnic and blanket to share in the festivities! About one hour north of Atlanta via GA-400N. Visit this website for more info: http://www.dahlonega.org/index.php/festivals/440-4th-of-july-family-celebration.html

loopy

June 16th, 2009
7:20 pm

come by my house any saturday night when i get home about 3am from partying. those are some real fireworks.

Suwanee

June 16th, 2009
8:17 pm

I have been several fireworks in and outside of Metro Atlanta since been here for 15 years…and I promise you…downtown Lawrenceville blew me away. The fireworks is right on top of you!!! Have a Happy safe July 4th.

Tom

June 16th, 2009
8:19 pm

Jackson Lake. It’s free, and you can see great fireworks from almost anywhere on the lake on the 4th.

Grammaw

June 16th, 2009
8:51 pm

Stone Mountain Park. And you don’t have to go inside the park to see them! I take my 5 y.o. granddaughter to a nearby parking lot (be sure it has a view of the TOP of the mountain where they are set off). There are many places around the mountain to park. Many even park along the edge of Hwy. 78/Stone Mtn. Fwy. It’s the one time cops don’t say anything, unless you are impeding into traffic. Make sure you are pulled over completely on the shoulder. Going inside is even better, if you don’t mind paying a nominal fee…very small, considering…for a one-time visit. I’ve been to several displays in the area, and these are always the best!!! Happy 4th to everyone!!! This is the ONE thing (hopefully) that Obama can’t take away from us!!!

GAIL

June 16th, 2009
9:45 pm

Braselton– The winery Chateau Elan had a nice display

Linda

June 16th, 2009
11:43 pm

Turner Field – Nosebleed Section

GA on my mind

June 17th, 2009
7:59 am

Oooohhh…another person who can’t accept change and I’m sure his color makes your skin crawl too! Get over it…my people are just as qualified!

GA on my mind

June 17th, 2009
7:59 am

GRAMMAW this is for U!

Michael

June 17th, 2009
11:16 pm

you can see the 4th July fireworks on the internet here http://www.myspace.com/liwenquan66

kack

June 18th, 2009
9:07 am

New Birth has the best. you can pitch a tent, play games, listen to good music & bbq all day and fire woeks at night. The best part, it’s on church grounds so no alcohol or drunks!

Mother Irish

June 18th, 2009
9:08 am

Marietta – with out a doubt – much to see and do before hand and the fireworks always draws a huge crowd. We have enjoyed the event starting with the parade in the morning, time on the Square and then getting out spot to watch the fireworks after our picnic.

Don Voit

June 19th, 2009
8:31 am

Norcross on the 3rd and Auburn, Ga on the 4th. No Gwinnett Glows this year, so small town Auburn is the quaint place to be. Can’t get any closer to the action!!

Annette

June 19th, 2009
8:35 am

Lawrenceville, GA – in my backyard next to the lake and always enjoy watching the fireworks from downtown Lawrenceville.

john

June 19th, 2009
8:42 am

Sitting in a boat watching the fireworks overhead on Lake Rabun in Northeast Georgia!

Jennifer

June 19th, 2009
8:44 am

Jackson Lake has the best. We sit on our dock and watch the fabulous free fireworks. It doesn’t get any better than that.

Lori

June 19th, 2009
8:46 am

I agree with the Stone Mountain folks. It’s nice especially with kids, because you get to sit down on the lawn, rather than standing around a crowded parking lot, like at Lenox. And you can make a day of it instead of just showing up at dark. Spend the afternoon in the park, then get over to the lawn for the laser show and the fireworks. Overall, it just seems to me to be much more relaxing and enjoyable then all the hustle and bustle of the Atlanta shows.

My dock...

June 19th, 2009
8:58 am

…on Lake Lanier – the perfect spot to watch the Lake Lanier Islands extravaganza!

Josh

June 19th, 2009
9:04 am

City of Jackson puts on a great show every year at Daughtry Park. It’s $5 a car load to watch them from the park but you can watch them for free in the Piggly Wiggly Parking lot or places close to the Park. In the park before the fireworks they have live music, bouncy houses for the kids, concessions, etc. It’s good family fun. My family and I have been going for several years and plan to go back this year.

J.D.

June 19th, 2009
10:12 am

If you’re looking to get away, I’d say Gatlinburg. Great fireworks follows up a big day that starts with the midnight parade the neight before. It’s awesome! and very patriotic. LOts of floats and balloons and bands and military.

V.W.

June 19th, 2009
11:40 am

Nashville, TN…hands down. I have NEVER seen anything like it. One word…UNBELIEVABLE! :)

EPAgirl

June 19th, 2009
12:00 pm

The real “Buckhead, GA.”

squeekers

June 19th, 2009
12:07 pm

Summerfest in Morrow the Saturday BEFORE the 4th of July. Good, free fun with lots of entertainment. What a bargain.

J

June 19th, 2009
12:08 pm

Nashville is the best. I’ve seen displays all over the South. Every major city boasts theirs is bigger, longer, louder, etc. None of them is better than Music City. For pure enjoyment from home tune in the Boston Pops. A&E used to carry the whole thing, but now one of the networks bought the rights and scaled it back to one hour. Still is very entertaining.

Blister

June 19th, 2009
12:15 pm

Jeff Freer’s house – July 4 party

Wayz

June 19th, 2009
12:38 pm

Sugar Hill. Ok, it’s small, short and really crowded, but the fireworks are practically on top of you.

Turd Ferguson

June 19th, 2009
12:48 pm

I will be eating some 5 alarm chili with boiled eggs, raddishes and mayonnaise all day July 3rd. You want some fireworks, YOU GOT IT BABY!!

Good Witch

June 19th, 2009
12:48 pm

For those of you that have enjoyed the Lawrenceville Fireworks – Did you know that they will not be displayed this year… Read on… this is posted on Gwinnett County’s website under events, then click Gwinnett Glows.

Fireworks tradition ends after 21 years

In the face of declining revenues and the difficulty in raising sponsorship funds, Gwinnett County Government officials have decided the County will no longer organize the annual Gwinnett Glows 4th of July celebration. Gwinnett Glows has been a fun community tradition for two decades, but the old adage “all good things must come to an end” is particularly apt in this case given the current state of the economy.

It Doesn't Matter

June 19th, 2009
1:12 pm

If you live on the southside of town, go to Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton on July 2nd. Come watch the Thursday Thunder Racing Series and one of the best fireworks show around. 5.00/adults & 1.00/kids(6-11)

Matt Smith

June 19th, 2009
1:17 pm

Twin Lakes in Valdosta, GA

Mojorisin

June 19th, 2009
1:18 pm

I just sit in my backyard and watch all the neighborhood pyromaniacs go crazy.

LFP6

June 19th, 2009
1:47 pm

My friends and I usually hit the Woodstock fireworks in front of the Super Target off of GA Highway 92. Good open location and a convenient store in case we forget everything.

Todd

June 19th, 2009
1:51 pm

Loganville has a great display at Oasis Church. Good 20-25 minute show and the Fireworks never stop the whole show. The guys who do this show are the best!!!!!

Oliver

June 19th, 2009
1:54 pm

The Fireworks in Dalonega last year were the BEST. I had gone the previous night to the ones in Cumming, and they were not even comparible! We met some friends and ended up being in the same parking lot as where they were launching the fireworks. They seemed to last for hours, and it was just awesome!

sokak6

June 19th, 2009
9:49 pm

I just sit on the porch and watch the tow trucks pull cars from in front of my driveway.

Grammaw

June 20th, 2009
9:17 am

Hey, GaOnMyMind…tell me how you feel in 4 years. THEN we’ll talk. This man is taking everything from you and you don’t even realize it! Of course, you are probably on the RECEIVING end of the theft. I work, you get the money for it. Welfare is for the lazy.

I AGREE

June 20th, 2009
9:34 am

@ Gaonmymind…why does everything have to come down to RACE? And WHAT change is Obama offering you? What is this “change” he is offering? Is it really what you want? Visit a socialist country (not on my dime this time!) and see what it’s like. All you are worried about is getting something for nothing. I have to assume that you are black, since you bring up the point of his color. (I said nothing about his skin…I don’t care WHAT color he is…he is running our country down the crapper at breakneck speed.)

Go Home

June 20th, 2009
9:36 am

Any “president” that says our Consitution is an out-dated, worthless piece of paper and tries to change it all single-handedly worries me a LOT. You should ALL be worried.

seriously

June 20th, 2009
12:23 pm

This is supposed to be ideas on where to see the best fireworks and you guys are just turning it into a political debate. Get over it and enjoy the 4th, no one is going to take it away from us. And thanks to everyone who actually wrote where to see fireworks, as a new person to Atlanta it was very helpful!

paul

June 20th, 2009
9:35 pm

Does Chamblee (Keswick Park) still have fireworks? Three or four years ago they were a hidden gem, especially if you had friends in the neighborhood.

Christine

June 20th, 2009
9:46 pm

Hands down, Dahlonega Ga on the campus of North Georgia College. Everyone sits on the parade field and the fireworks area spectacular!

Cynthia Lee

June 20th, 2009
10:06 pm

Peachtree City absolutely the best. surprised it has not been mentioned!!

bustamove

June 20th, 2009
10:14 pm

An Arby’s bathroom…hands down.

daniel

June 20th, 2009
11:07 pm

Lake alatoona. July 3rd at 9:30pm. A private campsite called Delta puts on a firework display. It last about 20 mins and is huge. I MEAN HUGE. Drive into Bridgemill and go down Heatherbrook trace. Or go to the little river marina and park.Dont know if you heard me “Its huge”

daniel

June 20th, 2009
11:12 pm

ohh if you do the one in woodstock. Take the road that goes past BJS and Lowes and keep going. a hidden parking lot is back there. park all the way by the Golf Course club house and you will be amazed. And any time the AJC post a open link Racist Georgians will post. And Im white so if Im saying something then it must be bad

Sara

June 20th, 2009
11:29 pm

Pinetree County Club in Kennesaw!

butch

June 21st, 2009
4:28 am

atlanta motor speedway thurs. july 2nd fri. july3rd. plus thur. thunder racing & fri. night dragracing don,t get no better than this

5thGenerationATL

June 21st, 2009
8:00 am

Like many natives we flee the city on most holidays. We prefer to head to the lake…hard to beat a picnic on your boat and firewoks. If you are staying in town try hiking up Arabia Mountain in Dekalb. Zero crowds and you can watch almost every display around Metro Atlanta.

hrh

June 21st, 2009
8:49 am

Jozef

June 21st, 2009
12:27 pm

If you want to take photos of fireworks, don’t try to go to Lenox Mall. In the past, I’ve been chased out of there by the police, even though I was trying to take pictures from public property (sidewalk). They cited the Patriot Act, and threatened to arrest me if I didn’t pack up my camera and tripod and leave. I’ve had much better luck in Peachtree City and Savannah, GA.

Racefan

June 21st, 2009
12:49 pm

Lanier Speedway is the best bang for your buck. Located north of atlanta up 85 it is a great night for the family with a ton of racing in all divisions, with the advertised best firework show in north georiga. Where else could you see 600 horsepower late models and a great firework show. This years show is on July 3rd. Gates open at 4 Qualifying at 5 Racing at 7. Where Georgia Does Nascar!

bigwillyburkshire

June 21st, 2009
1:14 pm

Go to Alabama and light a fire at a fireworks store. Talk about a HUGE show!

milton

June 21st, 2009
2:07 pm

got to work till till 7 in athens hope to cath gwinnett clows on the side of the road my employer just has to stay open on the 4th

citygirl gone country

June 21st, 2009
2:16 pm

Best fireworks are in Washington,Ga. on July 3rd. All day events.

Beach babe

June 21st, 2009
3:34 pm

Daufuskie Island, SC….hands down the best fireworks ever. Bring your beach chair and cooler…5 feet from the water, the sound of waves crashing, the smell of the salt air, a DJ, girls in bikini’s passing out shots, and the fireworks go on for hours. Either take the ferry from hilton head ( and rent a golf cart for the day) or take your boat to Daufuskie and dock at Freeport marina or the public dock, make sure you rent a golf cart to get around. You can also see Savanah and Hilton Head fireworks at the same time…very cool and not many people! NO THUGS, NO TRAFFIC, NO POLICE, NO WORRIES!!!!

Try Marshside mamma’s for dinner and live entertainment or Daufuskie Island Crab company..they also have cottages to rent if you want to stay the night.

Jean Hughes

June 21st, 2009
4:45 pm

Well my favorite place used to be Lenox because they had the symphony there. They still have the best fireworks but I want to go to Verizon to hear ASO again.

Bill

June 21st, 2009
5:50 pm

Lying in my boat floating outside the Ritz Lodge on Lake Oconee. Great fireworks and great atmosphere.

amyc

June 21st, 2009
7:42 pm

The Marietta City Square all dya fun starting at 10 am

Stephanie

June 21st, 2009
9:31 pm

City of Jackson (Butts county) puts on a great show every year at Daughtry Park. It’s $5 a car load to watch them from the park.. No doubt the very best place to watch fireworks. Our whole family goes early and we all bring food and sit around picking guitar and eating . They have watermelon eating contest and all kindsa fun things for the kids to do.They have a live band and its just plain fun and well secured.

gretchen

June 21st, 2009
10:30 pm

My back deck. I can see Lake Lanier, City of Buford, Suwanee, Lawrenceville and beyond. Grill some steaks have some friends over–Perfect

Wicked Witch of the South

June 21st, 2009
11:39 pm

The balcony of my townhouse. Lenox fireworkds without the crowds….

GRAMMAW and others….Remember Abe Lincoln’s famous quote regarding CAUSE AND EFFECT? In part:
“The past is the cause of the present”…but we all know that , don’t we?

Cherokee

June 21st, 2009
11:43 pm

Stone Mountain, far and away the best.

And Grammaw, Obama gave you a tax CUT, for crying out loud. Stop whining.

Mikey

June 22nd, 2009
3:20 am

Out on beautiful Lake Oconee, in a large Pontoon Boat, with great friends, watching the INCREDIBLE fireworks display put on by the Ritz Carlton on Lake Oconee.
It’s our own little slice of Paradise.

LadyF

June 22nd, 2009
7:59 am

Centenniel is great but crowded.
GRAMMAW, can’t we do anything without someone blaming Obama. Remember Obama is trying to staighten out the mess Bush created.

Beck

June 22nd, 2009
5:22 pm

Ansley Park….family friendly, not overly crowded, and always a good show

Ronee

June 22nd, 2009
7:08 pm

I will be moving to Georgia in July…and I needed all of this information! I care less how people talk about ecomomy…and who the president in, it is time for all of us no matter what race we are to not trust in man..but to simply trust in God, or at least what you deem as positive. I am simply seeking a great place to live! I have lived in Chicago all of my life, and looking for a little warmth, this winter soooo lay off politics…and let a newcomer know where the happenings are!

Shan

June 23rd, 2009
8:22 am

CALLAWAY GARDENS!!! BEST FIREWORKS BY FAR!!!

AKJ

June 23rd, 2009
10:17 am

Where’s the best place to put down a blanket, have a picnic, & see the fireworks from the Marietta Square? TIA

Don Kelemen

June 24th, 2009
9:31 am

The best fireworks in Gwinnett are in Sugar Hill on July 3rd. At E E Robinson Park they will have “The Return” a Beatles tribute band, food, rides, and a movie “Kung Fu Panda” after a 30 minute fireworks display. Check http://www.cityofsugarhill.com for more info.

Enough, already!

June 24th, 2009
4:01 pm

How do these discussions always get off track. I thought we were supposed to be discussing fireworks. My vote is for Lenox.

Jan B

June 25th, 2009
4:42 pm

I’m surprised that Snellville Baptist Church is not mentioned here. Great view from Snellville Methodist and they usually have free entertainment there.

LuvThe4th

June 25th, 2009
4:56 pm

Dahlonega has the best by far and you can have pizza delivered to you while you wait.

Michael Prick

June 25th, 2009
5:56 pm

If you are planning to come to Stone Mountain Park for the fireworks, make sure you arrive before 3 or 4 pm. The park is known for closing its gates due to the large crowds. Plan on paying a $10 car fee for coming into the gate as well. This $10 car fee has gone up from the normal $8 parking fee and will remain $10 for the rest of the year. The fireworks will be shot from the top of the mountain this year as well, but no one will be allowed on top of the mountain after 8pm. Fireworks will begin after the lasershow around 10 to 10:15 pm.

Jesus Juice

June 25th, 2009
6:12 pm

In Micheal Jackson’s heart

AnnieR

June 25th, 2009
8:47 pm

Paul….. Hush!! Chamblee’s fireworks are still a hidden gem, hope they stay that way.

Kim

June 25th, 2009
10:14 pm

Decatur Square…. we had our first date there last 4th of July…

gscgoose

June 26th, 2009
5:08 am

the top of brasstown bald. its the highest point in the state and you can see fireworks from all over northeast ga. your even looking down on some of them.

john

June 26th, 2009
6:12 am

My backyard.Lots of booze,explosions,naked people.Just a happy time for everybody……

Larry

June 26th, 2009
7:29 am

SNELLVILLE’s American Celebration on JULY 3rd is a very big event with car show, food, music, fun & of course a Huge Fireworks presentation at
the Baptist & Methodist Churchs in downtown area.

David

June 26th, 2009
9:07 am

Lots of good choices. Lenox is hard to beat if you get right under them! Marietta Sq is good, start with the parade shop all day and then the fireworks. Course, I can’t beat my own subsdivision where I can walk over to the country club and they do a pretty good job!!

smitr

June 26th, 2009
9:59 am

St. Augustine, Florida’s fireworks were fabulous last year, but when we’re in Atlanta, we always go to Norcross on the 3rd. Great fireworks and a relaxed atmosphere, and you’re not in a parking lot for two hours trying to get home.

6Digitballin

June 26th, 2009
2:16 pm

elaida’s gap teeth + my halitosis = fireworks

Rambeaux

June 26th, 2009
2:18 pm

well, i dont think we will have fireworks because mr dortch knows about my blanks diploma! umffff

Wilbur J

June 28th, 2009
12:15 am

On Lake SInclair in Crooked Creek Cove…….watching fireworks either from the shore or from the water while eating tons of Ribs!

Kevin Michaels

June 28th, 2009
12:08 pm

Lanier Nat’l Speedway in Braselton/Chestnut Mtn. has one of the best displays that I’ve enjoyed over the years. Even if you aren’t at the races, folks pull over on the side of Hwy53 and watch from vantage points along the road. The display usually goes on for 20+mins with some great effects. Give it a try if you’re in the area.

Erica

June 28th, 2009
4:23 pm

I’ve seen several around Atlanta over the past 15 years, but Downtown Norcross is my favorite. There’s live music, we get food at one of the fabulous restaurants, and the crowd is big, but friendly. They have two newly renovated parks this year, too — the huge new playground at Thrasher Park, and a beautiful new space with waterfalls and walking trail at Lillian Webb Park.

Joe Schmoe

June 28th, 2009
4:54 pm

Anywhere where there is no pre political speeches. I live in Newnan and cant stand the Newnan one because you get all the local reps up there jabbing on holding up the Show. The Peachtree City fireworks is one of the best because of the view you can get for miles.

Melissa

June 28th, 2009
6:59 pm

I believe the best place to watch the fireworks would be on the beach in san destin!!!!!

the smartest person in georgia

June 28th, 2009
7:42 pm

the fireworks in rabun county ga are the best. lake rabun,burton, and in dillard are greatest ones in georgia

Bill

June 28th, 2009
8:22 pm

On Lake Lanier..Marina Bay..up the Chestate River….

Bill

June 28th, 2009
8:24 pm

Athens Boat Club on Lake Lanier…the 4th this year….Marina Bay the 3rd…

Jeannine Guarino

June 28th, 2009
11:10 pm

Stone Mountain is the best…Where else can you go not only see the best fireworks around and laser light show!!!!!!!!!!!!!Nothing compares….

Troy

June 29th, 2009
8:00 am

Haven’t seen fireworks in Atlanta in many years, but Turner Field & Stone Mountain Park would be my top two picks. Points for Grammaw.