Free summer events in Atlanta: July 4th parades

Where will you see crowds of people dressed in red, white and blue? Or fancy floats, custom cars and high school marching bands. Hint: It’s one of the best summer events in Atlanta.

You guessed it. Celebrate the 4th of July at an Atlanta area parade.

Find July 4th parades in Atlanta

Peabo Bryson performs during the Centennial Olympic Park’s 4th of July Celebration at Centennial Olympic Park on Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Atlanta. (Photo by Robb D. Cohen/Invision/AP)

This is my list of of Atlanta Independence day parades. Please visit each event website for parade starting points and street closures.

Also, many of these cities will also have concerts and other festival activities along with the parade. Looking for fireworks shows? I’ve got you covered here.

Dunwoody 4th of July Parade. July 4. 9 a.m. Dunwoody.

July 4th Parade. July 4. 9 a.m. Newnan.

Peachtree City Celebrates Independence Day. July 4. 9 a.m. Peachtree City.

Let Freedom Ring Parade. July 4. 10 a.m. Marietta.

4th of July Celebration in Avondale Estates. July 4. 10 a.m. Avondale Estates.

America’s Independence Celebration @ Downtown Douglasville. July 4. 10 a.m. Douglasville.

July 4th Spectacular. July 4. 10 a.m. Woodstock.

Chamblee Children’s Bike Parade. July 4. 5 p.m. Chamblee.

Celebrate July 4th in Decatur. July 4. 5:30 p.m. Downtown Decatur.

Braselton’s July 4th Festival. July 4. 6:00 p.m. Downtown Braselton.

Peachtree Road Race. July 4. 6:25 a.m. Peachtree Rd near Lenox Square Mall. Atlanta. Ok, this isn’t a parade, however you can watch the world’s larges 10K race! Be prepared because over 150,000 people are expected to line the streets.

Come out and watch the largest 10k race in the World. Photo by Paul Kim for the Atlanta Track Club.

Parade hacks for parents

Are you feeling nervous about taking your children to a parade? I know that the large crowds can scare some parents. However, with proper planning, everyone will have a good time.

Firstly, feed your kids before the parade. Because fed kids are happy kids. And if you think your kids will get hungry then pack snacks. I recommend small things so that they can feed themselves.

Second, visit the restroom before lining up for the parade. Again, most parades are crowded and it may be difficult to reach the restroom.

Lastly, buy noisemakers or beads ahead of time. These small items create a better experience for your child. And in the event of a delay, they have something to play with

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