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Atlanta 4th of July Events & Festivals

Celebrate America's independence this weekend with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race or check out one of the many festivals and fireworks displays in and around the metro area.


The Dunwoody 4thof July Parade. Parade steps off at 9 a.m. July 4 at the intersection of Mount Vernon Road and Jett Ferry Road.

Decatur’s Pied Piper Parade. The parade ends with a family-friendly event downtown on the square where all can settle-in and enjoy a fireworks show. Parade lineup at 5:30 p.m. July 4 at First Baptist Church of Decatur. The parade starts at 6 p.m. The concert starts at 7 p.m. and the fireworks begin after dark.

Chamblee 4th of July Celebration. Includes a bike parade, mini train rides, cornhole tournament, live music, food and fireworks. 5-10 p.m. July 4. Keswick Park, 3496 Keswick Dr, Chamblee.

Fourth in the Park Celebration on Marietta Square. Parade begins at 10 a.m. July 4 at Roswell Street Baptist Church and travels west on Roswell Street, north on East Park Square past Glover Park and the Square, down Cherokee Street and ends at North Marietta Parkway. There will be an arts and crafts show, free concerts, games and a fireworks show.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race. This is the 48th year for our city’s famous 10k, drawing thousands of participants, volunteers and spectators to Atlanta. The course runs from Buckhead to Piedmont Park, with wheelchair racers starting at 6:43 a.m. and the main start at 7:30 a.m. in waves of racers. For more info, go to


Atlanta Braves and Gwinnett Braves fireworks. The Atlanta Braves will have fireworks at SunTrust Park Tuesday, July 4 following the game with the Houston Astros. The Gwinnett Braves will have fireworks at Coolray Field on July 4 following their game against the Norfolk Tides.

Lenox Square. This year, Lenox Square is partnering with Centennial Olympic Park for its 4th of July celebration. So, while Lenox will still host the AJC Peachtree Road Race, there will be no fireworks at Lenox Square. Lenox Square, 3393 Peachtree Rd. N.E., Atlanta. 404-233-6767,

Star-Spangled Fourth at Mall of Georgia5 p.m. July 4. Free. Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Dr, N.E., Buford. 770-271-9458,

Barrington Hall’s 3rd annual “BBQ & Bluegrass.” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 4. Free. Barbecue, beverages and desserts will be available for purchase. Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell, 770-640-3855,

Annual Roswell Fireworks Extravaganza. 5:30 p.m.-around 10 p.m. Kids zone, food trucks, live music and fireworks around 9:30 p.m. Front lawn of Roswell High School. 11595 King Road, Roswell.

Alpharetta 4th of July Fireworks: 6-9:30 p.m. Lots of stuff for kids to do, food, music, and fireworks around 9-9:30 p.m. Wills Park, 1825 Old Milton Parkway,  Alpharetta, 678-297-6130.

Sparkle in the Park, Lilburn. 5:30 p.m - 10 p.m. Fireworks begin at around 9:30 p.m. July 4.  Lilburn City Park, 76 Main St., Lilburn.

July 4th Celebration on the Lawn. 7-10 p.m. July 4. Town Square, 4488 Pineview Drive, Powder Springs.

Red, White & Brew. 6:30-10 p.m.  July 1. $65 for non-members. $50 for members. Tickets include, beer, BBQ, aquarium admission and music. Oceans Ballroom, Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker St N.W., Atlanta.

4th of July Fireworks Hike. 8-10:30 p.m. July 2. $20; $5 parking. Watch Stone Mountain’s fireworks from the top of Panola Mountain (Stone Mountain will have a fireworks show each night July 1-4). Panola Mountain State Park, 2600 Ga. 155 S.W., Stockbridge. 770-389-7801,

July 4th Beach Party Callaway Gardens. July 1-4. The FSU Flying High Circus will perform at 3:30 p.m. Live music starts at 5 p.m. July 1-3, 6 p.m. on July 4. No fireworks on July 2-3.  Fireworks will take place at 9:30 p.m. Day admission is $25-30 for those ages 13 and older, $15 for children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger. Callaway Gardens, US Highway 27, Pine Mountain. 1-800-Callaway,


Stars and Stripes Fest, Covington

Independence Day Celebration, Peachtree City

Dahlonega’s 4th of July Celebration

Duluth Celebrates America, July 3

Dan Baird formerly of the GA Satellites talks about RatAid 2017

RatAid 2017 is an 18 and older show at Smith’s Olde Bar Saturday, May 20, 7:30pm, starring Dan Baird (former lead singer of The Georgia Satellites.) 

All the proceeds from the evening benefit MusiCares

Kaedy spoke with her old friend Dan about the show.

Get your tickets here.

Cinco de Mayo: Five things you didn’t know

Cinco de Mayo is upon us. Many will be celebrating the holiday with margaritas and Mexican food.

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Here are five facts about the Mexican holiday that you can use to impress your friends:

1) Despite a common misconception, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day. The holiday celebrates the  Battle of Puebla , where, against all odds, the Mexicans made a stand against an invading French army in 1862.

2) Cinco de Mayo is celebrated more in the United States than it is in Mexico, with the exception of the city of Puebla. Mexico holds more of a celebration on its  Independence Day, September 16, than it does on Cinco de Mayo.

3) The holiday means big business for the avocado industry. The  California Avocado Commission says that Americans consume around 81 million avocados during Cinco de Mayo.

4) Chandler, Arizona, has a unique way of celebrating Cinco de Mayo. It hosts a Chihuahua race every year.

>>  Quiz: How much do you know about Cinco de Mayo?

5) The 2010 U.S. Census estimates that about 31.8 million U.S. residents are of Mexican origin. The largest concentration of Mexican-Americans is in Los Angeles, the city that holds the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the U.S.

Solar eclipse stamp changes from eclipsed sun to full moon

To commemorate the total solar eclipse over the US in August, the U.S. Postal Service is releasing a landmark stamp that does something no other stamp can.

The Total Solar Eclipse Forever stamp, which will be issued June 20, changes when you touch it from an image of the eclipsed sun to one of the full moon.

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On August 21, the moon will slip between the sun and Earth, casting a shadow that will create the first full solar eclipse over the U.S. in 38 years.

In a swath of the country from South Carolina to Oregon, darkness will reign in the middle of the day for a full two minutes and 40 seconds, beginning at 1:25 p.m. in the Eastern time zone.

>> Related: Time running out to get reservations for the total solar eclipse in US

The solar eclipse stamp image is a photograph taken by astrophysicist Fred Espenak, aka Mr. Eclipse, of Portal, AZ, that shows a total solar eclipse seen from Jalu, Libya, on March 29, 2006.

Thermochromic ink makes the stamp work. Using the heat of your finger, the image will reveal an underlying image of the moon, which Espenak also took. The image reverts back to the eclipse once it cools.

>> Related: Rare total solar eclipse visible from America in August 

Thermochromic inks are vulnerable to UV light and should be kept out of direct sunlight as much as possible to preserve this special effect. To help ensure longevity, the Postal Service will be offering a special envelope to hold and protect the stamp pane for a nominal fee.

The back of the stamp will have a map of the eclipse path.

Read more here. 

What You Need to Know For the Show

WHAT: Billy Joel 

Friday, April 28 

Doors: 6:30 p.m.* 

Show time: 8 p.m.* 

* Doors and show time subject to change 


WHERE: SunTrust Park 

755 Battery Ave. 

Atlanta, GA 30339 


• A limited number of tickets are still available and can be purchased here. 

• Fans who chose to print tickets at home will have information in their confirmation email that allows them to print their tickets. Tickets must be printed prior to arriving at SunTrust Park. 

o Tickets will not be reprinted at the Ticket Office. 

• Will call: Tickets left at will call can be picked up beginning at 9:30am on Friday



• Attendees must purchase parking in advance. Parking for the Billy Joel concert in Braves-managed lots is permit-only. To pre-purchase parking, click here

• Braves-controlled parking lots have different opening times for the Billy Joel concert. Fans can check to find the opening time for your respective parking lot. 

• Guests are encouraged to use the Waze app to navigate directly to their Braves-controlled parking lot. 


The Battery Atlanta 

• Fans can visit The Battery Atlanta before or after the Billy Joel concert. Fans interested in visiting The Battery Atlanta prior to the concert can park in the Battery Red Deck on a first-come, first-served basis for free for up to four hours (before 2 p.m.) and up to two hours (after 2 p.m.). 

• Visitors who park longer than two hours will be charged up to $50, but can receive validation by spending a minimum of $50 among tenants at The Battery Atlanta. 



• Tailgating is only permitted in the following Braves-controlled parking lots: Braves North 29 and Braves West 85. 

Michelle Malone talks about reuniting with her band

Atlanta gem Michelle Malone is reuniting with her band from nearly 30 years ago, Michelle Malone and Drag the River, for a big show at The Vista Room this Saturday night, 4/15/17 .

Hear her catch up with Kaedy Kiely before they go on facebook live to finish the interview!

Tickets available at

ESPN anchor draws ire over network’s soft WWE coverage, drops pro wrestling SportsCenter segment

Pro wrestling fans and writers had questioned World Wrestling Entertainment for several weeks after the disappearance of one of its lead announcers from television, Mauro Ranallo, who was suffering from depression.

Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer said Ranallo may have been the victim of WWE’s bullying culture, particularly John Layfield, his color commentator who made disparaging remarks about Ranallo following his absence on TV and during an out-of-character segment on the company’s streaming network.

The allegations became more rampant after the release of “Best Seat in The House,” a book by former WWE ring announcer Justin Roberts. Roberts alleged Layfield bullied him and others regularly, particularly announcers. This behavior and culture was not only tolerated but encouraged by WWE owner Vince McMahon.

ESPN started covering WWE regularly last year, launching its own pro wrestling section on its website, and with a weekly SportsCenter segment by ESPN anchor Jonathan Coachman, a former WWE announcer himself.

ESPN has been questioned for its involvement with WWE, especially its reluctance to cover negative news about the company, almost to the point of sticking to storyline-esque interviews on its programming. The questioning began heating up over the weekend when the story bullying story began to go viral. When asked in a tweet if ESPN would cover the controversy, wrestling journalist Meltzer replied expressing doubt in strong language. 

Coachman wasn’t involved in the discussion, but entered the fray anyway with a shot at Meltzer.

In the middle of his argument, Coachman announced he was dropping the weekly WWE segment from SportsCenter. He deleted the Tweet later, then said he had been planning on dropping it for several weeks because of other projects, but his timing seemed suspect. He pointed fans toward ESPN’s vertical for pro wrestling and WWE coverage.

ESPN has drawn ire for its news coverage, often for its abundance of debate shows during the morning hours and conflict of interest of having TV deals with the companies it covers. The network dropped a planned fictional show based on a pro football team after criticism from the NFL, then later dropped support of a PBS Frontline documentary on accusations the NFL had covered up concussion issues. 

John Cena meets 12-year-old fan with cerebral palsy

WrestleMania 33 is Sunday night, and fans will pack the Amway Arena in Orlando or watch the matches live on the WWE Network. John Cena will be one of the headliners in pro wrestling’s biggest showcase.

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Fans all have their favorites, and John Cena certainly ranks high among WWE fans. Recently, Cena made a 12-year-old fan’s dream come true.

At a WWE card in Johnson City, Tennessee, Cena spotted Payton Marion, who has cerebral palsy, and tossed him a T-shirt and wristband, WVLT reported. After the matches, Cena met with Payton and his father, Justin Marion.

“Payton is super excited about all that, all his friends have been aggravating him, calling him a superstar,” Justin Marion told WVLT. “The fact that my son was able to meet one of his heroes, my heart melts, and it was just crazy.”

Justin Marion explained on Reddit that WWE wrestler AJ Styles set up the meeting between Cena and his son.

“He saw us standing around, and asked if we wanted a picture,” Jason Marion said. “Of course we said ‘yes.’ Then he asked if we got to see everyone.”

When Justin Marion said Payton saw everyone but Cena — his favorite wrestler — Styles invited father and son backstage to the locker room.

Cena arrived and chatted with Payton, capping an exciting night for the boy.

Payton Marion said he uses Cena as motivation during his physical therapy.

Cena is one of pro wrestling’s biggest ambassadors, granting more than 500 requests in the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

English Nick & The Yanks Supporting Songs For Kids Foundation

Proudly supporting Songs For Kids Foundation - Songs For Kids provides kids battling serious illness with opportunities for creativity and self-expression through music. Performing at 500 Songs For Kids on Friday, March 24, 2017 at Smith's Olde Bar! 

Your donation helps Songs For Kids integrate musicians into the lives of kids facing illness and hardship.

Click to donate.

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