Atlanta Events in July Pop, Splatter and Dazzle

From dazzling fireworks to food fests (and fights) celebrating summer's bounty, these are the events people are talking about now.

Celebrating freedom and the Fourth in the city? Here's where to find fireworks, plus more buzz-worthy events for your radar this month.

Coca-Cola July 4th Fest

Get a head start on the crowds at Six Flags Over Georgia. When you come with a can of Coca-Cola, you can enter the park one hour before it officially opens. Stay 'till dusk for a fireworks show, taking place nightly. Check online for ticket prices. July 3-6

Stone Mountain Park

Stone Mountain's Fantastic Fourth Celebration 

Enjoy family attractions and live entertainment, including performances by the Zuzu African Acrobats, then prepare yourself to be wowed by Stone Mountain's famed Lasershow with music, animation, water effects and more nightly at 9:30 pm. A patriotic finale and fireworks follow. Check the website for tickets. July 1-7

Duluth Celebrates America

From 5:30-10 pm, celebrate Independence Day a day early with a free fireworks show, children’s activities, food trucks, giveaways and live music at the Duluth Town Green. July 3

Dunwoody 4th of July Parade

Marching bands, floats, clowns and more march at 9 am from Mount Vernon Road and Jett Ferry Road to Dunwoody Village. July 4 

Fireworks in the Fourth Ward

The Old Fourth Ward Business Association and Ponce City Market are coming together to host the second annual “Fireworks in Fourth Ward” to celebrate the American holiday. Free and open to the public, the community event will be held across the street from Ponce City Market at Historic Fourth Ward Park from 5-10 pm. Bring a picnic or ring a picnic or enjoy bites from local vendors and food trucks while wine tents, Creature Comforts Brewing Co. and Three Taverns Craft Beers provide libations for sale (no outside alcohol is allowed). No dogs allowed, no grills.

Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival

11th Annual Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival 

Ford Fry's festival gathers some of the South's best chefs and mixologists to celebrate summer's bounty at Westside Provisions District from 1-5 pm. Bonus: The Spazmatics and The Foo'd Fighters grace the stage. Stay for a live auction and opportunity to win prizes. General admission tickets start at $75 and benefit Georgia Organics. July 14

Georgia Peaches

PeachFest

It wouldn't be summertime in Georgia without a fresh, juicy peach. PeachFest celebrates pride in the state's best-known bounty at Peachtree Center in Downtown Atlanta with a memorable culinary event featuring inventive and classic peach dishes and drinks. Tickets: $70-$100. July 21

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