EAT // Eating Competitions. There are two + they are going to be great. Come on, what's more American than this.
Corndog Eating Contest at Pallookavile. Without a doubt, the best corndogs in town. Wash it down with a Green River. Competitors are still able to apply for participation. Lots more going on at Pallookaville on the 4th. Parade, watermelon + fireworks, of course. Details here.
Doughnut Eating Contest at Dutch Monkey Doughnuts. The 5th annual contest handpicks their contestants. While you may not be able to participate it should be quite entertaining. Food + drink available for purchase // All proceeds going benefitting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Details here.
SEE // FIREWORKS, of course. See below for the best firework spots.
Stone Mountain. Bring a picnic + set up camp at one of the most beautiful spots in GA. Perk: laser show + fireworks. Arrive early for the 4D show, Sky Hike + Geyser Towers.
Centennial Park. The center of the city. With a few musical acts before hand, the park may be a little packed. The fireworks are sure to be a pretty sight against that ATL skyline.
Braves Stadium. Stick around after the Braves vs. Diamondbacks game for fireworks in your red + blue. Avoid the stress of finding a seat + stay where you are for the late night show.
Polaris at the Hyatt Regency downtown. Haven't made a trip here yet, but I figure this could just be the best spot. Reopening after 10 years, the restaurant is 25 stories above Peachtree St. + gives a 360 degree view of the city. Polaris completes a full rotation in 45 minutes so you're sure to get a view of the fireworks.
DO // Explore the cutest bookstore in the city | A Capella Books. Stumbled upon this gem with a few other locals last weekend. It is small, independent + perfect. Keeping only 1 copy of most books, it makes for an intimate little shop. (Great music playing too).
have a safe + fun holiday weekend.