Generations have enjoyed July 4 fireworks at Lenox Square Mall, with an estimated 350,000 attending in 2016, but this year they will have to find somewhere else to get their annual fix of pyrotechnics. Lenox announced a couple of months ago it would not hold the show. Instead, the mall will help expand the show at Centennial Olympic Park.
Of course, that won’t be the only show in the area, but it will be next in line to take Lenox’s place as the king of shows for that date. The Braves host the Astros and will have fireworks following the game. Stone Mountain Park will have an expanded fireworks show following its laser show each night July 1-4. Lake Lanier Islands also will have an extended show on July 4. Communities will host smaller shows around the metro area.
Centennial Park will offer musical entertainment before the fireworks. Bobby Brown headlines the pre-show acts. Gates open at 6 p.m., and the musical acts start at 7 p.m. The fireworks will begin at 9:45 p.m.
Last year, the downtown location drew about 10 percent of the crowd that watched fireworks at Lenox. This year, officials at the Georgia World Congress Center, which manages the park, expect a much larger crowd.
“For years, Lenox Square and Centennial Olympic Park have complemented each other as two of the city’s premier 4th of July fireworks events. We are now thrilled to have Lenox Square provide support through a generous donation and welcome the patrons who have traditionally attended the Lenox Square celebration to join us at Centennial Olympic Park,” Jennifer LeMaster, chief administrative officer of the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, said in a release. “We look forward to sharing some of the recent – and ongoing – revitalization efforts in Downtown Atlanta and helping them celebrate Independence Day this year in the heart of Atlanta.”
Following the fireworks, the park will have about 18 months of renovations and improvement, and only a few public events will be on the schedule. Officials hope to have the park open to events by early 2019.