Things to Do in Atlanta in July 2018

From dazzling fireworks to food fests 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. Check online for ticket prices. June 30-July 4

Stone Mountain Park

51st Annual Fantastic Fourth Celebration 

See Stone Mountain's famed Lasershow with new music, animation, water effects, a fleet of robotic drones and more nightly at 9:30 pm. A patriotic finale follows. Check the website for tickets. July 1-7

Duluth Celebrates America

From 5:30-10:30 pm, celebrate Independence Day early with a free fireworks show, children’s activities 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 first 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).

 Lazy Betty

Lazy Betty Pop-up Dinners

In anticipation of the opening of their new concept later this year, the same family behind Gezzo's and Sweet Auburn Barbecue is hosting a series of pop-up dinners. Tickets: $150. July 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 28, 29

Movies Under the Stars

The 1990 thriller "Dream Machine" is projected on a 25-foot outdoor screen for Solís Two Porsche Drive's Drive-In Movie Series. Tune in for free with your car's FM radio. Enhanced concessions available. Doors at 7:30 pm; movie at 8:30 pm. July 14

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Tedeschi Trucks Band at The Fox Theatre 

Get ready to jam, y'all. Revered for their soulful blend of Americana, blues, rock and country, the 12-member Tedeschi Trucks Band, led by the husband-and-wife team of guitarist Derek Trucks and vocalist/guitarist Susan Tedeschi, are taking the stage at Midtown's fabulous and famed historic theatre. For one night only, this stop along their "Wheels of Soul" tour starts at 7:30 pm. Bonus: the Tedeschi Trucks Band is joined by two highly acclaimed special guests, Drive-By Truckers and opener The Marcus King Band. Tickets: $29-$125. July 14

Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival

10th 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: G. Love and Special Sauce are gracing the stage. General admission tickets start at $65 and benefit Georgia Organics. July 15

'The Book of Mormon'

Get ready to laugh. Back by popular demand, "The Book of Mormon" which played a record-breaking two-week return engagement in 2014, as well as in 2016, returns to Atlanta for a limited run at the Fox Theatre as an option to the Fifth Third Bank's Broadway in Atlanta 2017/2018 season. July 17-22

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 FlatironCity (Fairlie-Poplar) in Downtown Atlanta with a memorable culinary event. Tickets: $60-100. July 29

'Barbecue Nation' at Atlanta History Center

This mouthwatering exhibit at the Atlanta History Center explores how barbecue has claimed an enduring place at the American table and how it connects cultures worldwide. Tickets: $21.50 adults, $18 students, $9 kids. Through June 16, 2019

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