July 4th Celebrations at Georgia’s State Parks

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Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites Offer Affordable Star-Spangled Celebrations

ATLANTA, July 1, 2015  —  Grilling burgers in the shade and camping under the stars are just some of the July 4th activities offered by Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites.  Want to learn about our nation’s independence?  Visit Fort Morris near Darien for their Colonial Faire and cannon firings.  How fast can you win a three-legged race?  Join the old-timey games at A.H. Stephens State Park in Crawfordville.  Whether you have just a few hours on the 4th or the extended weekend, Georgia’s State Parks make for a festive holiday destination.

July 4th  weekend is always one of the busiest holidays in Georgia’s state parks, so visitors are encouraged to reserve campsites, cabins, picnic shelters and yurts.  Because accommodations fill up quickly, savvy park enthusiasts are making plans now for next year’s holiday. For help finding last-minute openings, call 1-800-864-7275.

Can’t get away for the whole weekend?  State parks welcome visitors to come for just the day as well.  For a $5 parking fee, guests can cool off at lakeside beaches, explore hiking trails, and even fish for their dinner – all for free. Many state parks rent stand-up paddleboards, aquacycles, bikes and kayaks for a small fee.  Some of the state’s historic forts will showcase America’s history with musket firings, military drills and displays.  Historic site admission ranges from $3.50 to $12 per person.

Park rangers encourage visitors to bring picnics, but to leave fireworks at home because sparklers and explosives are not allowed in Georgia’s state parks.  However, many parks are close to towns with their own displays planned.

Want more ideas on affordable July 4th activities?  The State Park System has these suggestions:

  • Covered picnic shelters and enclosed group shelters can be reserved for family reunions and parties.  All offer pretty views, and grills and restrooms are nearby.  Reservations should be made in advance for these popular shelters.  Individuals can use picnic tables scattered throughout all of Georgia’s state parks for free.
  • Lakeside swimming beaches are free once visitors pay a $5 parking fee.  Popular spots include Reed Bingham in Adel, Indian Springs near Jackson, Red Top Mountain on Lake Allatoona, Tugaloo on Lake Hartwell and Hard Labor Creek near Rutledge.  More sandy beaches are listed at www.GeorgiaStateParks.org/swimming.
  • Splash pads for small children are offered at Magnolia Springs in Millen, Gordonia-Alatamaha in Reidsville and Little Ocmulgee near McRae.  www.GeorgiaStateParks.org/swimming

To learn more about Georgia’s state parks and historic sites, visit www.GeorgiaStateParks.org or call 1-800-864-7275. Cabins, yurts and campsites make great summer vacation destinations. Dozens of events are hosted throughout the year, such as guided hikes and paddles, snake shows, Civil War enactments, outdoor concerts and children’s nature crafts.  Programs are listed at www.GeorgiaStateParks.org/events.

July 4th Celebration at Pyne Road Park


Kid’s Zone Dentistry and Troup County Parks and Recreation are pleased to partner together to bring to you: THE 35 ANNUAL INDEPENDENCE DAY & FIREWORKS CELEBRATION. July 4th Pyne Road Park overlooking beautiful West Point Lake. Gates open at 10:00am and festivities will kick off at 2:00pm. We are also excited to announce our entertainment this year will be provided by Mr. Terrific! The music begins at 6:00pm! At only $10.00 per car you are not going to find a better show around!

Campsite Decorating Contest at FDR State Park



Campsite Decorating Contest

Saturday, July 4, 2015  2pm to 4pm

Show us your PG-13 rated creative side at your site. Judges will cruise the campground looking for décor that tells us that you love the good old USA, 4th of July, and camping. No nails or staples on plants. No unattended candles or fires. Observe Leave No Trace decorating ideas. 1st, 2nd, 3rd Prize awarded at the campsite. No charge.

Parking fee: $5
Event Phone: 706-663-4858

F.D. Roosevelt State Park
2970 Ga. Highway 190
Pine Mountain, GA 31822


Freedom Fest at National Infantry Museum


The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center will host its third annual community-wide Independence Day celebration on Saturday, July 4, 2015.

Freedom Fest will be filled with music, kids’ activities, historical reenactments, food and fun.

The museum’s activities will end at 6 p.m. Visitors will be encouraged to head to Phenix City, Alabama for a concert in the amphitheater and fireworks following at dark.

Admission to Freedom Fest is free. There will be nominal costs for the IMAX Theatre, combat simulators, and food and drinks. Visit www.nationalinfantrymuseum.org for more details.

2-3pm ~ Pint-Sized Patriots Parade

You don’t want to miss being a part of the Pint-Sized Patriots Parade duringFreedom Fest at the National Infantry Museum on July 4!

Youngsters are invited to dress up their bicycles, tricycles, and wagons – and themselves! – and parade down Heritage Walk at the museum accompanied by John Philip Sousa marches. The parade will end at the stadium just as the Silver Wings fly onto Inouye Field! The Silver Wings will jump in the Declaration of Independence. After, judges will award prizes for the most creative displays of patriotism.

The Pint-Sized Patriots Parade will begin at 2:00 p.m. Pre-registration is open through Wednesday, July 1; sign-ups will be allowed at the museum until 1:30 p.m. the day of the parade. Please sign-in at the registration table on Heritage Walk by the bounce houses. Registration is free; donations are appreciated.


What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Free parking is available in designated areas at the museum and overflow parking will be at Oxbow Meadows. Museum security will direct you to available parking spaces. You will need to transport your parade materials to and from your vehicle the day of the parade. A shuttle service will be available from the parking lot to the front of the museum.


Can I register the day of Freedom Fest?

Yes. You may register at Freedom Fest until 1:30 p.m. You must sign-in the day of the parade to be included in judging for prizes. We strongly encourage registering by July 1, 2015. 


What can/can’t I bring to the event?

We encourage you to dress up your bicycles, tricycles, and wagons – and yourself for the parade. Please remember that you will need to transport all parade materials to and from your vehicle the day of the parade. The museum is not responsible for any lost or damaged parade materials.

Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the outdoor activities. Please refrain from bringing large bags, coolers, and backpacks to Freedom Fest. For your security, bag checks will be conducted by museum security at the entrance of Freedom Fest. Each  guest will be required to wear a wristband for security purposes.

Pets, other than certified sevice animals, are not permitted for safety and sanitation reasons. Weapons, alcohol, and fireworks are prohibited. Large bags, food and drinks are not allowed inside the museum galleries and exhibits. Guests must check large bags at the Information Desk prior to touring the museum.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You may contact us by emailing [email protected] or calling 706-653-9234.


July 4th Celebration & Summer Concert Series at Callaway Gardens


July 4th Celebration & Summer Concert Series

Friday, July 3, 2015 to Sunday, July 5, 2015

The celebration begins early and lasts well into the night at our annual July 4th Star Spangled Beach Party at Robin Lake Beach. Highlights include beach activities, live music – headlined by the Swingin’ Medallions, the FSU Flying High Circus and our annual Fireworks Extravaganza. Be sure to pack plenty of red, white and blue for this All-American Weekend!

CLICK HERE to download a Schedule of Events

For overnight guests: the July 4th Star Spangled Beach Party package starts at $189 at the Mountain Creek Inn and includes admission to the festivities and the Gardens. For more information, CLICK HERE or call 1.800.852.3810.

For day guests: to learn about Special Event admission, CLICK HERE.

Schedule of Events:  July 4th Star Spangled Beach Party

Friday, July 3
9 a.m. Beach Opens
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Beach Activities
Aqua Island*, Paddle Boats*, Flying Trapeze*, Rock Climbing Wall*,
Spider Jump*, Miniature Golf*, Table Tennis*, Shuffleboard, Giant
Checkers, Giant Chess, Xcelerator Water Slide*, Roadster Pedal Karts*,
Chickadee Choo Choo Train*, Playground
11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Beach Concessions, Food Vendors
Noon to 10 p.m. Beach Bar
Noon to 5 p.m. Live entertainment by DJ Mikey J
3:30 p.m. FSU Flying High Circus Performance
6 p.m. FSU Flying High Circus Performance
7:30 p.m. Live Music: Barstool Prophets

Saturday, July 4
7 a.m. Beach Opens
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Beach Activities (See Friday’s listing above)
11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Beach Concessions, Food Vendors
Noon to 10 p.m. Beach Bar
Noon to 5 p.m. Live entertainment by DJ Mikey J
5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Callaway Gardens Market
6 p.m. Beach Connector Gate Closes
6 p.m. FSU Flying Circus Performance
7 p.m. Live Music: Swinging Medallions
9:30 p.m. Fireworks Extravaganza (Weather Permitting)

Sunday, July 5
9 a.m. Beach Open
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Beach Activities (See Friday’s listing above)
11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Beach Concessions
12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Beach Bar
Noon to 5 p.m. Live entertainment by DJ Mikey J
3:30 p.m. FSU Flying High Circus Performance
7 p.m. Chris Collins Band

All events are at Robin Lake Beach area unless otherwise noted, are weather dependent and subject to change.  No Rainchecks.  Gate subject to close due to capacity limits.
*Additional fee