Fly Old Glory, watch (or walk in) a parade, wave sparklers or put on your red, white and blue swimsuit and dive into your favorite Fourth of July celebration. Declare independence from the kitchen and let Atlanta restaurants do their duty, providing all-American barbecue, brunches, beverages and a bevy of to-go options for a firecracker of an extended holiday weekend.
Open on July 4th:The AJC Peachtree Road Race is a July 4th tradition, and 5Church is helping to feed spectators along the route with kebabs (Mediterranean steak, jerk chicken and herb-roasted vegetable) and beverages for sale in front of the restaurant. The restaurant is closed, but the sidewalk feasting happens 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. 404-400-3669; 5ChurchAtlanta.com.
Looking for a little adventure with your festivities this year? Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland is offering a round-trip bus ride from the restaurant to SunTrust Park for the Braves game and fireworks show on July 4. The $60 ticket includes a smoked whole hog meal, admission to the game and alcoholic beverages on the way. Not a baseball fan? Celebrate your independence by digging into a meat and three special at Atkins Park featuring whole smoked hog with mac ‘n’ cheese, tomato and cucumber salad, baked beans, grilled corn on the cob or coleslaw for $15 per plate. Available starting at noon until it’s gone. 404-876-7249; atkinspark.com.
It’s a Fourth of July Terminus CityTakeover at Communion, the Mexican-inspired backyard behind Revival, Kevin Gillespie’s family-style restaurant in Decatur. This festive, all-ages event has barbecue, beer, family-friendly entertainment and games on July 4 from noon to 6 p.m. or until food runs out. Gillespie's Terminus City is serving up chopped whole hog barbecue for $15 and vegetarian-friendly pimento cheese for $12. Each plate includes pickles, bread, slaw and potato salad. “$4 on the Fourth” drink specials from Communion Cantina include cervezas, margaritas, wine by the glass and sangria. While the restaurant itself will be closed, families can mingle at communal picnic tables and on the front and side porches of Revival. 470-225-6770; revivaldecatur.com
Start red, white and bluesin’ early – HOBNOB is opening for brunch on July 3 at 10:30 a.m. and at 9 a.m. on July 4. The AJC Peachtree Road Race runs right by the Midtown restaurant, so it's the perfect spot to spectate (or quit running and start drinking). HOBNOB will serve its brunch menu and specials through 4 p.m., and dinner service will run as usual. 404-968-2288; hobnobatlanta.com.
You can’t spell freedom without free! Marlow's Tavern is sending members of its Insider Club a free burger giveaway only valid on July 4. Are you on the list? Subscribe and savor today.marlowstavern.com
Smokebelly BBQ is featuring a free hog roast on July 4 beginning at 4 p.m. until they run out, with music continuing until 8 p.m. Pre-party with drink specials all weekend, including $5 Moscow Mules, $5 Tito’s Handmade Vodka and $3 Bud Light and Miller Lite drafts. Smokebelly’s Sunday brunch will be sure to have you seeing fireworks, and guests can listen to live music from noon until 4 p.m. Music will continue on Monday, July 3 from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. For those planning to celebrate at home, Smokebelly also offers catering. 404-848-9100; smokebellybbq.com.
Taco Mac is determined to make sure Fourth of July is LIT with its new 60 oz. shareable cocktails, including the Sail Away Typhoon, the LIT, the Taco Mac Margarita and the Strawberry Cooler. Each pitcher is $29.99 and is served with one 12 oz. rocks glass per guest. tacomac.com
Celebrate on the beach without leaving the city. Both locations of The Big Ketch are open July 4 and all weekend with live music, so come partake in the celebration of red, white, and the big blue sea! 404-474-9508 (Buckhead), 770-993-5749 (Canton Street); thebigketch.com.
The Federal is open for brunch from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The eclectic menu features everything from chopped chicken liver toast to cold brew coffee and a heaping Southern breakfast. 413-789-1267;thefederalatl.com.
Trade in your traditional red, white, and blue for a race tee. Willy’s Mexicana Grill is offering $5 burritos all day on Tuesday, July 4, to anyone wearing an AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt from any year since the race began in 1970. Baja and Frito Burritos are just $7 with a T-shirt. Checkwillys.com/locations for holiday hours.
Holiday Weekend Specials:
Gypsy Kitchen this holiday weekend at while enjoying paella on the patio on Sunday, July 2 at 4 p.m. Diners can also cool off with $6 Ketel One Moscow Mules, $6 Tanqueray No. Ten gin and tonics, $6 rosé and half-off select bottled wine. A flamenco guitarist and DJ will provide the music and entertainment. Gypsy Kitchen will be closed on July 4. 404-939-9840; gypsykitchenatl.com
While Storico Fresco will not be open on Independence Day, the Buckhead Italian restaurant is offering both pasta to-go and in-house on July 3 for those carb-loading for the AJC Peachtree Road Race. Complete your pre-race ritual with a piping hot bowl of their incredible gnocchi. 404-500-2181; storicofresco.com.
For those entertaining family this holiday weekend, The Southern Gentleman is serving its creative take on contemporary Southern cuisine for brunch on Sunday, July 2. Enjoy a $5 mimosa or one of the gastropub’s famous $10 Bloody Marys. The Southern Gentleman will be closed on July 4. 404-939-9845; thesoutherngentlemanatl.com
If you are struggling to come up with holiday weekend activities, ExploreRoswell.com has you covered! Whether your family enjoys hiking, nature, art or food, the Historic Roswell District has fun for everyone. Shoot the ‘Hooch or visit Vickery Creek Park, grab a bite at Grand Champion BBQ or 1920 Tavern and a beer at Gate City Brewery, then enjoy the annual 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza starting at 5:30 p.m. on the 4th. Plan your trip today at ExploreRoswell.com.