For the Fourth – Parades, fireworks, patriotism

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 3, 2014
A photo from Decatur's belated Fourth of July celebration last September. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

A photo from Decatur’s belated Fourth of July celebration last September. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Decatur, Avondale Estates and Atlanta are getting ready to celebrate the Independence Day on Friday, July 4.


The city of Decatur’s parade line up is at 5:30 pm at First Baptist Church of Decatur. The parade begins at 6 pm and will pass through the city’s downtown.

“It ends at the Community Bandstand on the square with a presentation of colors and the Star Spangled Banner,” the event announcement says.

There’ll be a concert at 7 pm by Callanwolde Concert Band and fireworks at 9 pm.

For more information, click here.

Avondale Estates

Avondale Estates plans a full day of celebrations.

“We want this year’s celebration to be the biggest, the loudest and the most exciting to date,” the announcement from the city says.

Parade lineup starts at 9:15 am at Avondale High School. The marching starts at 10 am and the parade ends at Clarendon Avenue and South Avondale Road. The nighttime festivities begin at 7:30 pm.

“The night wraps up with music from Kahle Davis of Event Technology, a concert from the Atlanta Blue Notes Big Band and fireworks over the lake at dusk,” the announcement from the city says.

For more information, click here.


There will also be a 4th of July Celebration at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta from 6 pm to 10 pm. The city encourages attendees to take MARTA and arrive early.

“Live, family-friendly entertainment performs in the late afternoon and the evening concludes with an impressive fireworks display that lights up the beautiful, downtown Atlanta skyline,” the event announcement says. “The televised fireworks display is synchronized with a special selection of patriotic and popular music celebrating America’s independence.”

Musical guests include Taylor Hicks and JFly and Friends. For more details, click here.

The weather for tomorrow is expected to reach a high of 86 degrees and with 53 percent humidity.

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  • DL

    Where’s the best place to watch fireworks without driving into downtown?

    • Northsider

      Lots of spots. On the north side: First Christian Church, but this location has been getting more and more crowded every year.
      BTW, City of Decatur always announces 9 PM as the start of fireworks but they always start later, more like 9:30 PM probably because there’s still some lingering daylight at 9 PM.

    • Steve Vogel

      Decatur High parking lot on W Howard or vacant lot on the other side of the RR at the corner of S McDonough and W College.

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