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 around the city to get to one of the firework shows below that are near MARTA stations.
MARTA will be on a modified schedule with trains every 12 minutes until just before 2 a.m. Note that the firework display at Lenox Square Mall has been discontinued.
Happy Independence Day!
Downtown Atlanta Fireworks
In downtown Atlanta, the Centennial Olympic Park July 4th Celebration is temporarily moving this year to the International Plaza next to the Dome MARTA station on the blue and green lines. It is largest firework show in the city, with festivities and live music starting at 6 p.m. (After 7 is the headliner). Fireworks start at 9:45. And it’s all happening literally next to the MARTA station. If you are traveling from the red or gold line, exit at the Five Points MARTA station. There is a pedestrian walkway near the Alabama Street station exit that goes through the CNN parking deck to Philips Arena and the plaza.
According to the event website, the following items are prohibited, so leave them at home:
- Bags or backpacks larger than 11×17 inches
- Glass containers of any kind
- Personal fireworks
- Large umbrellas
- Lawn chairs (low-profile versions permitted)
- Illegal drugs
- Skateboards, scooters, hoverboards and bicycles inside the event
- No outside food may be brought into the event. Sealed non-alcoholic beverages are permitted.
Downtown Decatur Fireworks
The Decatur Fourth of July event is a family-friendly destination with an annual parade open to all followed by music from the Callanwolde Concert Band and a fireworks show. Multiple ice cream and frozen yogurt shops add to the holiday fun or eat at one of the many restaurants around the square before the sky lights up. All events take place directly above the Decatur MARTA station on the blue rail line.
Head to Keswick Park near the Chamblee MARTA station on the gold line for live music from a cover band covering soul/pop/rock, food vendors, bicycle parade and a large firework show at the Fourth of July Celebration. The park is a 20-minute walk from the station or bring a bike with you and connect with the Chamblee Rail Trail near the station to reach the park. For more information, view MARTA directions to Keswick Park.
East Point Fireworks
For a family-friendly event without city crowds, take MARTA to the East Point MARTA station on the south red and gold lines for Salute to the Red, White and Blue. Just across the street from the station you can also enjoy music performances and classic summer food including Italian ice, funnel cakes, fried fish and smoked/grilled meats. The event kicks off with a carnival at noon and fireworks start around 9:30 p.m.
Fireworks in Fourth Ward
If you’re willing to ride a bus or walk/bike along the BeltLine, check out the Fireworks in the Fourth Ward event. For a VIP experience, buy tickets for a party and perch on top of Ponce City Market, or enjoy face painting, cornhole, food and drinks in the park. For the easiest commute, transfer to bus 2 or 102 at the North Avenue MARTA station. You can also walk or bike from the Inman Park MARTA station (15 minutes via bike, 30 if walking). See MARTA to the Historic Fourth Ward Park to get more directions and tips.
- Use the MARTA on the Go app for real-time train arrivals or visit marta.io
- Lindbergh Center is a central place to park and ride and has multiple parking decks
- If you’re new to Uber, use promo code MARTAGuide to get $20 off your first ride as another transit option or as a supplement to your MARTA commute