Our nation’s birthday is celebrated coast to coast with fireworks, picnics and festivals. Metro Atlanta is no different. Several cities have Fourth of July events that offer a fun time for your family. Here are some great ways to celebrate Independence Day that are just a short drive away:

ACWORTH – July 4
JULY 4TH CONCERT AND FIREWORKS. Live music will start at 5:30pm. Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:30pm. Free admission. If parking is full or you don’t have a pass; parking is available in downtown. No shuttle service from downtown. Handicap parking will be available at McCall Primary School and there will be a shuttle provided for handicap attendees. Handicap shuttles begin at noon. Cauble Park, 4425 Beach Street, Acworth. More info: 770-917–1234 or acworth-ga.gov.

JULY 4TH FIREWORKS AT WILLS PARK. Celebrate Independence Day with family and friends at Wills Park! Attendees are encouraged to pack a picnic, including blankets and chairs. The spectacular fireworks display begins at 9:15pm. If weather delay the latest start is at 10:40pm. Wills Park, 11925 Willis Road, Alpharetta. More info: 678-297-6130 or www.alpharetta.ga.us.

DUNWOODY 4TH OF JULY PARADE features marching bands, local celebrities and floats. Parade starts at 9am at the Intersection of Mt. Vernon Road and Jett Ferry Road (West side of the street), follows west on Mt. Vernon to Dunwoody Village at 5483 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. Spectators are encouraged to set up chairs along Mt. Vernon and circle around Dunwoody Village Parkway. Spectators will be blocked from viewing on the east side of Jett Ferry on Mt. Vernon due to the staging. The festival begins immediately after the parade, approximately 11:30am. The festival area is in front of the US Post Office in Dunwoody Village. This year’s theme: Red, White & YOU. More information: 770-354-7653 or www.dunwoodyga.org.

EAST COBB – July 4
MEMBERSHIP APPRECIATION DAY hosted by Indian Hills Country Club (IHCC) featuring fireworks at dusk. IHCC allows the community to come by and grab a seat on the lawn and enjoy the fireworks extravaganza. Indian Hills Country Club, 4001 Clubland Drive, Marietta/East Cobb.

SALUTE TO AMERICA, a pre-Independence Day celebration, will feature high-energy, live music and family entertainment from 6-10pm in Downtown Kennesaw. Fireworks begin at 9:30pm. Free admission. Food and beverages for sale. Historic Train Depot, 2828 Cherokee Street, Kennesaw. More info: 770-422-9714 or www.kennesawjuly3.com.

4TH IN THE PARK CELEBRATION Parade starts 10am at Roswell Street Baptist Church, 774 Roswell Street SE, Marietta, ends at North Marietta Parkway. Followed by concerts, art and crafts show, food and carnival games. Fireworks finale at dark in Glover Park/Marietta Square. More info: 770-794-5601 or www.mariettaga.gov.

POWDER SPRINGS 4TH OF JULY featuring music, Kids area, vendor booths, food, car show and fireworks at 9:30pm. 6pm-10pm. Thurman Springs Park, Home of the Hardy Family Automotive Amphitheater, 4485 Pineview Drive, Powder Springs. More info: 770-943-1666 or cityofpowdersprings.org/873/4th-of-July-Celebration.