Independence Day in Cobb County
If you live in Cobb County, you won’t be far from a town square or park with a firework display this Independence Day. Most shows begin at around 9:30 p.m., with food and live music during the day, but visit the event website links to make sure of the full schedules of each event.
Unfortunately, the cities of Smyrna and Powder Springs will not be sanctioning official firework displays of their own this year, so those residents should check out events in neighboring areas.
Fourth of July Fireworks
Tues., 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. Live bands play on two different stages throughout the night, while kids and families can enjoy food and games. Performances start with School of Rock East Cobb followed by top-40 cover band Fantabulous, Foreigner tribute band Head Games, and this year’s headlining band is The American Flyers, who will play top-40 hits from the ‘60s to present. 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 its website.
Sat., June 30, 5 p.m.
Fifth Third Bank Stadium, 3200 George Busbee Parkway NW
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 completes the night at around 9:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic coolers. It has rained a lot recently, so the performance will be moved to Sun., July 1 if it rains. For more information, visit its website.
Fourth in the Park
Wed., 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 more than 2,000 participants. After the parade, the square offers a festival with arts and crafts and food vendors, and live performances from the Atlanta Concert Band, Jon Byrd and Journey tribute band Departure. 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 its website.
Fourth of July Celebration
Wed., July 4, 4 p.m.
Cauble Park, 2293 Beach St., Acworth, GA 30101
Acworth’s Independence Day celebration at Cauble Park includes live music starting at 4 p.m., food and drinks, and a huge firework show over Lake Acworth. Live performances include The Paul Hand Band and classic oldies band Flashback, finishing with a fireworks show at around 9:30. Guests can also rent tables at $50 for residents and $70 for non-residents. For more information, visit its website.
Coca-Cola July 4th Fest
Sat., June 30 through July 4, 7 p.m.
Six Flags Over Georgia, 275 Riverside Pkwy, Austell
Six Flags Over Georgia is doing a fireworks show at the park every night from June 30 through July 4. The best view will be from between American Scream Machine and Sky Coaster. Entry is more expensive than some of the other options on this list but buying tickets online offers cheaper deals. For tickets and more information, visit Six Flags’ website.