Fireworks and Independence Day Activities

Where better to spend the Fourth of July than in Georgia’s lake country? From watching fireworks on the lake to enjoying a yummy picnic, there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy! Below is a list of Fourth of July celebrations and firework shows taking place in the surrounding area this year. More events will be posted as information becomes available.

Milledgeville: The City of Milledgeville will host the Independence Day Firework Celebration on July 3rd at Dark. The fireworks will launch from Central Georgia Technical College in Milledgeville.

The parking lot at the campus will be closed off for the event. Suggested viewing areas for the fireworks include Walter B. Williams park and the parking lot of the Board of Education.

For more information, please call 478-414-4010 or visit

Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee: Ritz-Carlton Reynolds will host an outdoor Independence Day celebration on July 3, at 7:00 p.m. Open to resort guests and boaters on the lake, the celebration will consist of Hot Licks & Rhetoric: A Steely Dan Tribute concert and a firework show immediately following the concert.

The Landing, Reynolds Lake Oconee: Members can enjoy fireworks on July 4th at 9:00 p.m. at the Landing Pavilion with an “After Fireworks Party” to follow. The after party will feature Kyle Reynolds playing country/rock favorites from 9:30-11:00 p.m. The event is complimentary with a member charge bar available. Limited seating will be available at the Pavilion with existing picnic tables.

Rock Eagle: Rock Eagle’s annual fireworks display is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, July 2, with fireworks beginning at dark. This fireworks show is for camp guests and the public, but they can be seen from just outside the park overlooking Rock Eagle Lake.

Athens: Celebrate 243 years of American Independence at this free family-friendly Independence Day festival on Saturday, June 29, 2019 in downtown Athens on Clayton Street, between College Avenue and Thomas Street. Festival activities begin at 5:00 p.m. and include live music from the Funk Brotherhood, children’s activities led by Ladybug Events, and local dessert vendors Hokulia Shave Ice, Kona Ice, Lil Ice Cream Dude, and La Micochana es Natural.

The highlight of the evening will be a synchronized firework display and music playlist, scheduled for approximately 9:30 p.m. The fireworks will be launched from the Classic Center parking deck.

Parking is available at parking meters along with the four parking decks located downtown. Normal parking rates will apply for the parking decks. It is possible that some private lots may allow public parking for a fee. However, this may not be true for all private lots so please be aware of this to avoid your vehicle being towed or booted.

Madison: The Madison-Morgan Cultural Arts Center will host its annual Independence Day Concert and Picnic on Wednesday, July 3 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on the MMCC front lawn. The event will feature live patriotic music by the Athens Classic City Band, barbecue for sale by Pot’s BBQ, and ice cream for sale by Antique Sweets. Food vendors will be on site at 6:00 p.m. Patrons are encouraged to bring a picnic, blankets, tables, or chairs to enjoy the festivities! Tables are also available to rent for $20 each. For more information, please contact 706-342-4743.

Additionally, Southern Cross Guest Ranch will host a Fourth of July Pool Party on Thursday, July 4, from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The cost is $21 for adults and $18 for senior adults, including tax. Kids ages 4-15 cost $14 and children under four are free. Admission includes use of the pool, food, soft drinks, yard games, and fireworks. Reservations can be made by calling Southern Cross Guest Ranch at 706-342-8027 or emailing them at

Oconee: Oconee Fourth of July Fireworks, presented by Piedmont Athens Regional, will take place at Epps Bridge Centre on Thursday, July 4th, at 9:30 p.m. Parking is only permitted in paved parking spaces. Please be aware that parking is not permitted in the Hobby Lobby shopping center and Parkway Boulevard will be closed prior to, during, and after the event for a few hours to ensure safety. Pets, alcohol, tobacco products, or personal fireworks are not permitted. Patrons are encouraged to use the hashtag, #Oconee4thofJuly during the event on Facebook and Twitter. For more information, contact Whitney Sperlik at 706-769-3965 or

Covington: Celebrate July 4th on the Covington Square at the 2019 Stars and Stripes Fest. Funk Factory 5 will headline the night, performing a variety of music from R&B to Motown to Pop and everything in between until the fireworks display. Other performers include The Maloy Brothers Bluegrass Band, the Newton County Community Band & Mass Community Choir, and Latin jazz band Canelita Sabrosa Atlanta.

Food vendors will be selling a variety of options such as pizza, hot-dogs and hamburgers, barbecue and sandwiches along with ice cream, shaved ice, and Italian Ice to wash it down. If you have a craving for favorite Downtown Covington restaurants, they will be open as well as some of the retail stores with special Fourth of July promotions.

Large inflatables, a spider jump, and a video game truck are just a few of the activities available for kids. Some activities may cost, but the event itself is free.

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Written by Marlee Thomas

Marlee 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 or social media management.