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From Stone Mountain Park to Centennial Olympic Park, DeKalb families have plenty of choices for celebrating this year’s Fourth of July, the United States' 243rd birthday.

The celebrations commemorate the Declaration of Independence from Great Britian, adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.

Here are some of the offerings:

Fantastic Fourth at Stone Mountain

Spend a day full of adventure inside the park with live entertainment including performances by the Zuzu African Acrobats. At dusk, join the Lasershow Spectacular followed by patriotic fireworks finale.

Access to the Lasershow and fireworks are included with paid daily or annual parking. Attractions and entertainment are included with a daily All-Attractions Pass or annual Mountain Membership.

Decatur’s Pied Piper Parade and Fireworks

Walkers, bikers and skaters can show off their red-white-and-blue spirit at Decatur’s annual Pied Piper Parade starting at 6 p.m. on July 4.

The patriotic parade, sponsored by the city of Decatur and the Decatur Business Association, is open to anyone who wants to participate as long as they are decked out in their red, white and blue.

The hourlong parade will wind its way to the historic Decatur Square for the presentation of colors and the Star Spangled Banner.

Children and adults can walk, ride bikes, skate, and decorate wagons, and neighborhoods, civic organizations, and politicians can participate.

Participants who want to drive in the parade must register their vehicle by emailing or calling 678-553-6573.

Paraders will line up at 5:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Decatur, 308 Clairemont Ave. Pedestrians should gather on the lawn and vehicles will line up in the parking lot.

The parade kicks off from the church at  6 p.m., makes a left onto Commerce Drive, and meanders through downtown Decatur. 

A Concert on the Square Bandstand, featuring the Callanwolde Concert Band, starts at 7 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and coolers.

Fireworks begin at dark, around 9 p.m.

Centennial Park July 4th Celebration

The Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA and event sponsor The Coca-Cola Company, are cohosting the annual Fourth of July Celebration at  Centennial Olympic Park.

Gates open at 7 p.m.  DJ Yvonne Monet will be spinning tracks at 7:30 p.m. and there will be plenty of food trucks including ANGELFIRE7 BBQ, Atlanta Seafood Company, Big C’s Chicago Kitchen, Coach Joe’s Food Truck, Flatbread Bistro, and Jerkbrothersatl.

The fireworks, billed as the Southeast’s biggest fireworks show, kicks off at 9:45 p.m. Children and teens under 17 years of age must be accompanied at all times by a parent or guardian who is 25 years of age or older.

Drones are prohibited and all attendees and bags are subject to search. If you are go, it is highly recommended that you take MARTA.