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Nine Specials to Take in This Fourth of July

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The Peachtree Road Race begins the Independence Day festivities this Friday, meaning runners can burn plenty of calories in the morning to make room for a celebratory meal. We gathered a list of restaurants around the city offering free beer for runners, famous fried chicken, and a corn dog eating contest, among other options. Take a look at where to eat patriotic specials, catch a view of fireworks, and take a day trip outside the metro area. Have a suggestion you'd like to add? Let us know in the comments.


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1. Parish Foods & Goods

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240 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 681-4434
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PARISH will celebrate with all-you-can-enjoy burgers, hotdogs, potato salad, and more from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Entry is $15 for adults, $7 for children, and guests may purchase beer or sangria.

2. Ventanas

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275 Baker St NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 766-3867
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Ventanas will open its helipad for a viewing of the fireworks. Entry is $30 or $32 for entry and one beer ticket, with food available for purchase. Feeling fancy? Purchase a $95 VIP ticket for entry, a buffet, open bar wristband, and access to a private bar.

3. Georgia Aquarium

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225 Baker St NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 581-4000
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Barbecue and beer will be available at the Georgia Aquarium for $45 with an aquarium membership and $55 without a membership. Tickets include a souvenir tasting glass, unlimited beer sampling, and a fireworks display.

4. The Lawrence

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905 Juniper St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 961-7177
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The Lawrence will congratulate any Peachtree Road Race runner with a number with free beer from 8:30 a.m. to noon on the patio. After the race, the restaurant will celebrate the Fourth with $5 burgers and hot dogs. Cheap beer will be available from sponsors Bells Brewery and Three Taverns Brewery.

5. Tap: A Gastropub

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1180 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 347-2220
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TAP's annual Fourth of July party on the patio starts at 7 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m with brunch, drink specials, and a view of the Peachtree Road Race. Victory Brewing will sponsor the party with buckets of Summer Love, and DJ Kid Cedek will provide live entertainment.

6. Watershed on Peachtree

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1820 Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 809-3561
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There will be three opportunities to partake in fried chicken from Watershed for the Fourth. Lunch and dinner will be served during normal hours (11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., respectively). Also, Watershed is currently taking pre-orders for chicken to-go on the Fourth. All three options are available for $14.50.

7. Pallookaville Fine Foods

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17N Avondale Plaza
Avondale Estates, GA 30002
(404) 500-1785
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Pallookaville will celebrate Independence Day starting with a parade at 10 a.m., a circus, a corndog eating contest, and fireworks from Lake Avondale. Food, beer, and cocktails will be available all day.

8. Double Zero Napoletana

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5825 Roswell Rd
Atlanta, GA 30328
(404) 991-3666
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Double Zero Napoletana will host a prix fixe menu for $17.76, featuring smoked lamb shoulder crostini and smoked pork spareribs off the grill alongside watermelon salad and bourbon bread pudding.

9. Sun Dog Farm

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18 Dockery Road
Blairsville, GA 30512

Perhaps an adventure to North Georgia would be best this year. The Southeastern Young and Beginning Farmers Alliance will host a benefit to raise money for small farmers in the Southeast on July 5 at Sun Dog Farm. Three whole hogs will be roasted and paired with sides from a team of Atlanta chefs, including Todd Mussman and Steven Satterfield. Guests can take a tour, meet the farmers, and even camp at the farm.

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1. Parish Foods & Goods

240 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

PARISH will celebrate with all-you-can-enjoy burgers, hotdogs, potato salad, and more from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Entry is $15 for adults, $7 for children, and guests may purchase beer or sangria.

240 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

2. Ventanas

275 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

Ventanas will open its helipad for a viewing of the fireworks. Entry is $30 or $32 for entry and one beer ticket, with food available for purchase. Feeling fancy? Purchase a $95 VIP ticket for entry, a buffet, open bar wristband, and access to a private bar.

275 Baker St NW
Atlanta, GA 30313

3. Georgia Aquarium

225 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

Barbecue and beer will be available at the Georgia Aquarium for $45 with an aquarium membership and $55 without a membership. Tickets include a souvenir tasting glass, unlimited beer sampling, and a fireworks display.

225 Baker St NW
Atlanta, GA 30313

4. The Lawrence

905 Juniper St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

The Lawrence will congratulate any Peachtree Road Race runner with a number with free beer from 8:30 a.m. to noon on the patio. After the race, the restaurant will celebrate the Fourth with $5 burgers and hot dogs. Cheap beer will be available from sponsors Bells Brewery and Three Taverns Brewery.

905 Juniper St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

5. Tap: A Gastropub

1180 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

TAP's annual Fourth of July party on the patio starts at 7 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m with brunch, drink specials, and a view of the Peachtree Road Race. Victory Brewing will sponsor the party with buckets of Summer Love, and DJ Kid Cedek will provide live entertainment.

1180 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

6. Watershed on Peachtree

1820 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309

There will be three opportunities to partake in fried chicken from Watershed for the Fourth. Lunch and dinner will be served during normal hours (11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., respectively). Also, Watershed is currently taking pre-orders for chicken to-go on the Fourth. All three options are available for $14.50.

1820 Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309

7. Pallookaville Fine Foods

17N Avondale Plaza, Avondale Estates, GA 30002

Pallookaville will celebrate Independence Day starting with a parade at 10 a.m., a circus, a corndog eating contest, and fireworks from Lake Avondale. Food, beer, and cocktails will be available all day.

17N Avondale Plaza
Avondale Estates, GA 30002

8. Double Zero Napoletana

5825 Roswell Rd, Atlanta, GA 30328

Double Zero Napoletana will host a prix fixe menu for $17.76, featuring smoked lamb shoulder crostini and smoked pork spareribs off the grill alongside watermelon salad and bourbon bread pudding.

5825 Roswell Rd
Atlanta, GA 30328

9. Sun Dog Farm

18 Dockery Road, Blairsville, GA 30512

Perhaps an adventure to North Georgia would be best this year. The Southeastern Young and Beginning Farmers Alliance will host a benefit to raise money for small farmers in the Southeast on July 5 at Sun Dog Farm. Three whole hogs will be roasted and paired with sides from a team of Atlanta chefs, including Todd Mussman and Steven Satterfield. Guests can take a tour, meet the farmers, and even camp at the farm.

18 Dockery Road
Blairsville, GA 30512

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