Cobb County residents are honoring America’s independence with all sorts of family-friendly parties and events. Here are several ways families and friends in the area can gather together for fireworks, music, food and patriotic celebration.
Mableton- A Night of Freedom
Fri., June 30, 7 p.m.
Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton, GA 30126
South Cobb celebrates Independence early with Linked UP Church. Grammy and Soul Train Music Award-winner Israel Houghton and New Breed will perform a free concert with fireworks directly after the performance. Guests can bring their own food, coolers and blankets but no grills or chairs. Food and drinks will also be available for purchase. The amphitheatre can only support 2,500 people, so come early to secure a spot. For more information, visit http://www.mablehouse.org/.
Kennesaw- Star-Spangled Spectacular
Sat., July 1, 5 p.m.
Kennesaw State University, 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw, GA 30144
Kennesaw State University’s annual Star-Spangled Spectacular Independence Day festival offers a whole night of family-friendly activities on the Campus Green. Starting at 5 p.m., the “Family Fun Festival” includes outdoor games, giant inflatables and face painting. Food trucks, vendors and art exhibits will also be present for the festival. At 8 p.m., the KSU School of Music’s Big Band and Summer Orchestra, which features students, alumni, faculty and members of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, will perform patriotic anthems and selections from contemporary pop music. A firework show will complete the night at around 9:30 p.m. Parking is free at any available lot on campus and guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic coolers. For more information, visit http://arts.kennesaw.edu/.
Kennesaw- Fourth of July Fireworks
Mon., July 3, 6 p.m.
Historic Train Depot, 2828 Cherokee St., Kennesaw, GA 30144
This pre-Independence Day celebration is one of the largest in Cobb County. Three live bands play on two different stages throughout the night, while kids and families can enjoy food and games. This year’s headlining band is Don’t Look Back – The Boston Experience, who will play classic rock songs in honor of the band. At 9:30, the night will end with a firework show that will be visible from all over downtown Kennesaw. For more information and a full schedule, visit http://www.kennesawjuly3.com/.
Marietta- Fourth in the Park
Tues., July 4, 10 a.m.
Marietta Square, 39-75 E Park Square, Marietta, GA 30060
The City of Marietta hosts this all-day Independence Day party. Show up early for the Marietta Freedom Parade, a 1.5-mile march featuring over 2,000 participants from local bands, businesses, pageants, National Guard and dozens of other organizations. After the parade, the square offers a whole day of family-friendly entertainment. Arts and crafts and food vendors will be available all day while kid-friendly game booths and live bands provide the entertainment. A traditional firework show with patriotic anthems will finish off the night at 9:30. For a full schedule of performances and other information, visit http://www.marietta.com/.
Powder Springs- Annual 4th Celebration
Tues., July 4, 7 p.m.
Town Square, 4488 Pineview Drive, Powder Springs, GA 30127
The annual Powder Springs 4th Celebration display offers a night of family-friendly Independence Day celebration with food, music and comedy. The Glow Band, a collaboration of accomplished musicians from Atlanta, will perform classic American tunes. Lew-E’s Comedy Circus live stage show entertains the kids with juggling and clowning. Fireworks shoot off at 9:30. For more information, visit http://cityofpowdersprings.org/.
Vinings- 4th of July Luau
Tues., July 4, 12 p.m.-close
Meehan’s Public House, 2810 Paces Ferry Road, Suite 302, Vinings, GA 30339
Free Admission with purchase
Celebrate Independence Day the island way with Hawaiian food and drink specials. Meehan’s will be offering Hawaiian-style whole smoked pig with island-themed sides. Atlanta’s Scofflaw Brewing Company is providing beer for the event. For Meehan’s regular menu and more information, visit http://meehanspublichouse.com/.
Marietta- Annual Cobb July 4 BBQ and Straw Poll
Tues., July 4, 11:30 a.m.
Cobb County Republican Party, 799 Roswell St. N.E., Marietta, GA 30060
The Cobb County Republican Party’s Independence Day celebration includes traditional southern food and entertainment, as well as an opportunity to participate in a straw poll and speak with Republican candidates vying for Governor, Lt. Governor, and the Secretary of State. A BBQ meal with cobbler desserts will be provided, as well as kid-friendly games and crafts. Visit http://cobbgop.org/ for more information.
Marietta- Fourth of July Festival and Annual Herb Butler Picnic
Tues., July 4, 12 p.m.
Cobb County Democratic Party, 1032 S Marietta Pkwy S.E., Marietta, GA 30060
The Cobb County Democratic Party’s 4th of July cookout honoring Independence Day and Democratic community leader Herb Butler. The day begins with the Marietta “Let Freedom Ring” Parade, viewed from the air-conditioned IAM Union Lodge with family games and grilled food served after. Visit http://www.cobbdemocrats.org/ for more information.
Acworth- Fourth of July Celebration
Tues., July 4, 4 p.m.
Cauble Park, 2293 Beach St. Acworth, GA 30101
Free + Price for table
Cauble Park’s Independence Day celebration features live entertainment and a massive firework show over Lake Acworth. The night starts with live music from classic rock tribute bands the Paul Hand Band and Flashback, which can be viewed from lawn seating or a table. Tables are $50 for Acworth residents or $70 for non-residents, and purchase of a table also comes with a Cauble Park parking pass. Additional parking can be found downtown, where free shuttles will take attendees to and from the park. Food and drink vendors will be at the park starting at noon. To reserve a table and find more information, visit AcworthParksAndRecreation.org.
Austell- Coca-Cola July 4th Fest
Sun., July 2 through Tues., July 4
Six Flags Over Georgia, 275 Riverside Parkway Southwest, Austell, GA 30168
$48 (Park Entry) – $68 (VIP)
Coca-Cola July 4th Fest at Six Flags over Georgia offers three full days of Independence Day celebration including packages and deals on park entry and entertainment. Special offers include early entry to the park with a can of Coca-Cola and a Hurricane Harbor VIP package with a cookout buffet and view of the evening firework show. The Six Flags Coke Zone also offers a live DJ playing pop and patriotic songs with hourly challenge games for prizes. Visit https://www.sixflags.com for a full list of pricing and package deals and for more information.