Fourth of July in Atlanta is a full day of entertainment with the Peachtree Road Race in the morning and firework displays all over the metro area at night. If you’re heading out to a show, consider taking MARTA to avoid traffic and utilizing many of the free park and ride lots and parking garages around the city to get to one of the firework shows below that are near MARTA stations.
Each rail line will have trains every 12 minutes until between 1 and 1:30 a.m. depending on the line (blue line the longest running), with train frequency of approximately every six minutes between the Airport and Lindbergh Center and between Ashby and the Edgewood/Candler Park MARTA stations.
Happy Independence Day!
1. Lenox Mall Fireworks
Providing one of the largest firework shows in the Southeast, Lenox Square offers daytime entertainment before ending the evening with a bang. Exit at either the Buckhead station on the red line or Lenox station on gold line to reach the festivities. From Lenox, follow the signs “To Mall” from the train platform and at street level, walk straight on to Lenox Road. From Buckhead, take the first set of stairs out of the station’s Peachtree Road exit and turn left on Peachtree Road.
2. Centennial Olympic Park Fireworks
In the heart of downtown, the Centennial Olympic Park 4th of July Celebration has free festivities all day long and a firework show at night that reflects off buildings and water features in the park. Montell Jordan is the headlining performer for 2016. And as another bonus, choose from two nearby MARTA stations to reach the park: Peachtree Center and the Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena station. See walking directions and area information (including nearby places to eat) to learn more.
Downtown Decatur Fireworks
The Decatur Fourth of July event is a family-friendly destination with an annual parade that anyone can participate in as well as live music and a fireworks show in the very walkable downtown Decatur area. Ice cream and frozen yogurt shops as well as many restaurants provide options for getting a bite to eat before the sky lights up. All events take place directly above the Decatur MARTA station on the blue rail line.
East Point Fireworks
For another firework show, head to the East Point MARTA station on the south red and gold lines for Salute to the Red, White and Blue. Fireworks are set off across the street from the station on Main Street, where you can also enjoy music performances leading up to the main event and classic summer food including Italian ice, funnel cakes, smoked and grilled meats and fried fish.
Most years the Atlanta Braves have a home game at Turner Field with fireworks after. Sit facing the skyline to also see the downtown Atlanta fireworks. See 5 Tips for Taking MARTA to Turner Field for commute options and other helpful information. NOTE: There is not a Braves home game on July 4, 2016.
- Use the MARTA on the Go app for real-time train arrivals
- Avoid leaving your car overnight in a daily parking lot unless you use destination long-term parking areas
- If you’re new to Uber, use promo code MARTAGuide to get $20 off your first ride as another transit option