F…4th of July Celebrations Around The South For Big Fun

My family truly loves the 4th of July, Independence Day in the United States. It  commemorates our Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 which declared us free from the Kingdom of Great Britain.

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My love for it came throughout childhood and from the memories created when I was a child and the memories recreated with my child and his friends. The United States goes all out to celebrate July 4th. No matter how big or small the city there will be some form of celebration usually in form of a parade, a cookout, a concert and more ending with fireworks.

We have always done the fourth of July big! Whether going to a big celebration or planning a simple one of our own. We have been fortunate enough to celebrate the Fourth of July in some very nice celebrations throughout the country and I want to share these Southeast celebrations with you.   

Atlanta, Georgia – Presents a day full of celebrations starting with the Peachtree Road Race. The Peachtree Road Race is really a big deal for all ages whether you are running, walking, volunteering and cheering. After the race there are 4th of July activities around town with a special focus on Centennial Park, Six Flags Over Georgia and Stone Mountain. SunTrust Park will even get in on the fireworks fun. All provide a full day of fun for all ages and spectacular fireworks. If you are looking for a more relaxing day yet still want to see all the fireworks book a room at the Georgian Terrace and head to the rooftop pool to view fireworks from all over the city.

Pine Mountain, GA – Present the July 4th Star Spangled Beach Party by Callaway Gardens. This is one 4th of July celebration to experience once in a lifetime. They really party and you have the time of your life. Highlights include beach activities, live music, and a full circus concluded with a fireworks extravaganza. There is actually a whole weekend of plans. Those are just the July 4th highlights.

Jekyll Island, GA – Presents a day of celebration throughout Jekyll Island. It begins with a parade of celebration, This is so much fun because locals and visitors alike really get into this by decorating their golf carts, bikes and wagons. Next up is the Beach Village where everyone can have fun in the sun while they cool off a bit and enjoy themselves further with live music, water activities and more while relaxing on the beach. Then the celebration concludes with a dynamic beachside fireworks display.

Savannah, GA – Presents a Blues, Jazz & BBQ Festival for the 4th of July. It is loaded with fun for all ages. There is so much to enjoy up and down the river front from live performances to food vendors and kids activities. The night will conclude with a riverfront firework display.  

Asheville, NC – Presents a series of 4th of July events within Asheville and surrounding Western North Carolina. There are great events in Park Square Park and at the Asheville Tourist Baseball game.

Gilbert, SC – Presents good down home fun with their Peach Festival which is a huge 4th of July celebration as well. Get plenty of rest because this one is truly an all day festival with a peach recipe contest, a parade, lunch in the park, a car show, a formal reading of the Declaration of Independence and a dynamic fireworks extravaganza.

Virginia Beach, VA – Presents an awesome Stars & Stripes celebration which is an oceanfront concert series which closes out with a dynamic fireworks show. It is free and open to the public. The concert series features classical music, patriot music and some local bands jamming it out on the oceanfront.

Jacksonville, FL – Presents a very nice fireworks celebration to close out the day. During the day they have a guide for residence and visitor to be sure you do not miss a beat.  You can and should plan on spending the day celebrating in Jacksonville. There are activities through the city from downtown to River Arts Market to The Beaches to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.

Please Note – Be sure to visit the respective official websites before finalizing plans to confirm dates, times, FAQ, Know Before You Go Info and possible events before and after 4th of July.


When thinking about summer fun one of my family’s favorite “cool down” places to visit is the Alliance Theatre.

Love this idea? See our complete list of Summer Activities A-Z here. It begins June 1, 2017…and my incredible blogger friends from around the south will share a new idea every other day throughout the entire summer.

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Kimberly Wright is a Mother, Publicist, Social Influencer, Freelance & Contributing Writer, Publisher and Editor. She is the author of Keystrokes By Kimberly a lifestyle blog about travel, entertainment, health and awareness. Kimberly Wright is the Publisher and Editor of three Macaroni Kid publications:Decatur Macaroni Kid, East Atlanta Macaroni and Greensboro Macaroni Kid which focus on family fun and community involvement and development in East Atlanta, GA, Decatur GA and Greensboro, NC. Her work also appears regularly on South Fulton Lifestyle Magazine.

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