For better or worse, Americans love explosives. There are certain holidays that excuse the exhaustion of that guilty pleasure. On Independence Day Wed., JULY 4, LENOX SQUARE (3393 Peachtree Road, 404-233-6767, www.lenoxsquare.com) hosts the Southeast's largest fireworks display after the morning's legendary PEACHTREE ROAD RACE (www.atlantatrackclub.org). CENTENNIAL OLYMPIC PARK (285 International Blvd., 404-222-4412, www.centennialpark.com) and STONE MOUNTAIN PARK (Exit 39-B, U.S. 78, 770-498-5690, www.stonemountainpark.com) each celebrates with a combination of music, food and colorful gunpowder.
Kennesaw State University's College of the Arts hosts the Star Spangled Spectacular, an outdoor concert at 8 p.m. featuring the Cobb Symphony Orchestra followed by a sky-rocket finale. www.kennesaw.edu/arts.
Bring the whole family to Mall of Georgia's Fabulous Fourth for kid's activities and live music at 2 p.m. and fireworks (of course) after sunset. www.mallofgeorgia.com.
The Callanwolde Concert Band performs at downtown Decatur's motley Pied Piper Parade at 4:30 p.m. www.decaturga.com.
The Red, White and Dunwoody parade begins at 9:30 a.m. with marching bands, floats, clowns, animals and local celebrities. www.dunwoodyga.org.
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