Published on July 1st, 2015 |


Buckhead rocks with July 4th Peachtree Road Race, Lenox fireworks

Buckhead is the center of the action when it comes to July 4th activities in the Big A (meaning Atlanta). Sure, there are other metro Atlanta July 4th events, but Buckhead rules the roost.

The AJC Peachtree Road Race, organized by Atlanta Track Club, kicks off the holiday in Buckhead with 60,000 people taking part in the massive morning run or walk (whatever) from

Road Race participants from a previous year.

Road Race participants from a previous year.

Buckhead to Midtown. The race is the largest 10K in the world.

As usual the race starts at Lenox Square and makes its way down Peachtree Street to 10th Street and the Piedmont Park finish line. But most of the race is in Buckhead. The wheelchair race begins at 6:43 a.m. and the foot race at 7:30 a.m.

In its 46th running, the Peachtree Road Race has become a Fourth of July tradition for thousands of people throughout the metro Atlanta area and beyond, and additional hundreds of thousands who watch from along the route or on TV.

Spectators are strongly encouraged to take MARTA, which will begin running at 5 a.m. on race day. Many restaurants and bars will be open along the route to watch the race, so check with your favorite watering hole or just bring your own chairs and sit by the curb on Peachtree.

Farmers Market Cancelled
Take note: Due to the timing and route of the Peachtree Road Race, the Peachtree Road Farmers Market will not be open July 4th. The market is usually held every Saturday in the parking lot of the Cathedral of St. Philip, at the corner of Peachtree and Rumson roads. But the race passes right past the Cathedral and access to the parking lot would be impossible. So, no market this Saturday.

Lenox Square Fireworks Show
Saturday evening, The Legendary Fourth of July at Lenox Square features live music and one of the biggest fireworks displays in the country. Lenox Square shops and restaurants will be open only from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 4.

Entertainment at the Lenox Square event begins at 6 p.m. with Gump Fiction and Party on the Moon bands. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at approximately 9:40 p.m.

Parking will be almost impossible, so those planning to attend the event are encouraged to take MARTA rail or bus service. Both the Buckhead and Lenox MARTA rail stations are an easy walk to Lenox Square. Please remember that pets are not allowed at the Lenox Square event.

(To check on road closures for both the Peachtree Road Race and the Lenox Square July 4th fireworks events, click here.)

For those of us fortunate to live in high-rise condos in Buckhead, we can avoid the rush to Lenox Square for the fireworks display and at the same time view other fireworks events in and around Buckhead. They are likely to be more prevalent now that fireworks are legal in Georgia.

Have a great July 4th holiday; but be careful out there.

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