Growing up only a few miles from Stone Mountain Park, we were able to watch the mountain’s fireworks every year from our driveway. Before the big show started, the neighborhood kids would shoot off bottle rockets from the cul-de-sac and run around with sparklers. We’d eat watermelon and lemonade and visit with our neighbors from down the street. We never had to get involved with traffic, lines or crowds. It was pure fun with absolutely no inconvenience.
Sadly the trees in my parent’s yard have grown too tall to view the fireworks but now I’m spoiled by my lovely childhood fourth of July experiences. I’m unwilling to wait in lines, deal with drunk people or invest hours in guarding a spot to view fireworks so we’ve had to search each year for no muss, no fuss easy Independence Day celebrations.
For two years we met our friends in the Wal-Mart parking lot near Stone Mountain. It wasn’t the same as our neighborhood celebrations, but you didn’t have to arrive hours before or deal with any big crowds. Plus it was easy to escape once the show was over.
Last year when I was at the hospital with my brother in the ICU, Michael took the kids down to his office on the 24th floor of a building with a perfect view of the fireworks in Centennial Park. They sat in the AC eating Chick-Fil-A and popcorn. He didn’t have to worry about the fireworks being too loud for our then 2-year-old, plus he couldn’t lose her in a crowd. They got a surprise treat in that they could see fireworks further off in the distance as well. It turned out to be a perfect no fuss Fourth.
We have a new option this year: A friend has just bought a house in Brookhaven and he’s pretty sure he can see the Lenox Square fireworks from his backyard. So that could work out too.
What are you looking for in a family 4th of July celebration? Where are your favorite no muss, no fuss spots to see fireworks? (Tell us specific neighborhoods, parking lots, parks, intersections where you can view a good show without getting immersed in traffic. Kind of like what we did we the Christmas lights last year!)