It’s our favorite time of the year! The 4th of July brings family and friends together to honor our country, while eating all the hotdogs and hamburgers you can imagine! Many people celebrate this holiday on the lake, where fireworks can be seen all around, and others simply attend the firework display happening closest to home. Below is a list of the best firework shows – happening from June 30th through July 4th – in Georgia’s Lake Country and along other parts of the Antebellum Trail.
Athens – The Star Spangled Classic is back!! Every year, the weekend before the 4th, downtown Athens hosts a fun-filled evening of activities and fireworks to celebrate our country’s independence. This year it will be held on Saturday, June 30th. Children’s activities, food trucks, and live music from The Funk Brotherhood will begin at 5 PM, with the firework show starting around 9:30 PM or dark. For more information, go to https://athensclarkecounty.com/1553/Star-Spangled-Classic.
Rock Eagle (Eatonton) – Each year, Rock Eagle hosts hundreds and hundreds of 4-H campers over the seasons. One of their biggest camp sessions happens the week of July 4th, so a special firework show for the campers is always a highlight. The firework display happens on Monday, July 2nd at dark. Although it is specifically for the campers, passersby are welcome to stop along Hwy 441 or find other good viewing spots to see the show!
Milledgeville – On July 3rd, the city of Milledgeville will host their annual firework celebration at Central Georgia Technical College. Spectators will not be allowed to park in the CGTC parking lot, but some suggested viewing spots include the Board of Education parking lot or Walter B. Williams Park. Fireworks are set to launch at dark. Visit their website to view a map and plan ahead, https://www.visitmilledgeville.org/events/milledgeville-fireworks/1121/!
Madison – If you’re looking for a night full of fun activities and fireworks, Madison is the place to be on June 3rd! From 7 to 9 PM, Madison-Morgan Cultural Center hosts a picnic on the lawn, where Pot’s BBQ and Scoop’s ice-cream will be for sale, and Athens Classic City band will be performing. View the event details at http://www.mmcc-arts.org/community-events.html. Beginning at 9 PM (around dark), a firework show will be held at Bill Wood Park, formerly known as Heritage Park.
Ritz-Carlton (Greensboro) – The Ritz-Carlton at Reynolds on Lake Oconee hosts an outdoor series of concerts every summer, with one of the favorites always being the Independence Day celebration. Eric Dodd, a Lake Oconee native who now lives in Nashville, returns on July 3rd to perform his mixture of soulful country and Americana folk music. There are events lined up throughout the day, with the concert beginning at 8 PM, and the firework display following directly after. For a full schedule of the days’ events, follow this link: http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/georgia/reynolds/area-activities/live-at-the-lake/fourth-of-july-activities#fndtn-TUESDAYJULY3
Oconee – Typically, Oconee County’s fireworks have always been held at the Oconee Veterans Park, but this year they are moving locations! On July 4th, an Independence Day celebration will be held at the new Epps Bridge Centre. The celebration does not consist of activities besides the firework show, which is scheduled to begin around 9:30 PM. Radio station, Magic 102.1, will be on the scene live streaming the event starting at 7. Please view the following link for special instructions on where to park if you attend and rules regarding what you cannot bring: https://www.oconeecounty.com/760/Oconee-4th-of-July-Fireworks.
Kylie is the summer intern at the Eatonton-Putnam Chamber of Commerce. She recently graduated from Georgia College & State University with a degree in Mass Communication, with which she hopes to pursue a career in Public Relations.