July 4 Celebration

Know Before You Go

Date: Wednesday, July 4 Entertainment Begins: 7 p.m.
Gates Open: 6 p.m. Fireworks: 9:45 p.m.

 

***Information below subject to change; be sure to check back often for updates ***

Getting Here

  • Event attendees are encouraged to ride MARTA
  • International Plaza is accessible from the MBS/Philips/GWCC Station

 

Parking

There are multiple options for parking on and around the GWCCA campus. We encourage everyone to take advantage of the following options:

o   Red Deck – adjacent to Georgia World Congress Center (lower entrance only)

o   Silver Deck – adjacent to Mercedes-Benz Stadium (lower entrance only)

o   Green Deck – adjacent to Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame

o   Blue Lot – located on Northside Drive

Attendees are encouraged to purchase parking in advance for best rates. Pre-event pricing: $5 and day-of pricing: $10. Purchase HERE.

Music Lineup

The headliner is chart-topping R&B quartet After 7, best known for the hits “Ready or Not” and “Can’t Stop,” performing with JFly and Friends.

Other artists joining the celebration include:

 

Prohibited Items

  • Bags or backpacks larger than 11×17 inches. Attendees and their belongings are subject to search.
  • Coolers.
  • Glass containers of any kind.
  • Pets.
  • Personal fireworks.
  • Large umbrellas.
  • Lawn chairs (low-profile versions permitted).
  • Tents.
  • Grills.
  • Illegal drugs.
  • Skateboards, scooters, hoverboards and bicycles inside the event.
  • No outside food may be brought into the event.  Sealed non-alcoholic beverages are permitted. (Note: 23 retail locations available)
  • Additional items may be added to this list.

 

*** All bags are subject to search***

 

Drone Policy

Out of safety concerns for everyone involved in the Fourth of July Celebration, the Georgia World Congress Center Authority will not authorize any flight operations of any Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“drones”) on its campus on July 4, 2018. This prohibition includes drones used for any purpose whatsoever, whether commercial or non-commercial, professional or amateur, and includes without limitation drone operations during filming or videotaping and drone operations by journalists and all other media. Because this involves a life-safety issue, there will be no exceptions.

 

Road Closures

Due to the volume of attendees expected for this event, there will be multiple road closures around the GWCCA campus leading up to, during and after July 4.

  • June 30 (Road closure)

International Blvd. curve just west of International Plaza to the entrance of the Red Deck from noon until 11:59 p.m. for the Atlanta United game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

(Alternate streets: Marietta St., Centennial Olympic Park (COP) Drive, and International Blvd./COP Dr. to the Red Deck.)

  • July 1 (Lane closure)

West curb lane of International Blvd. in front of the Thomas Murphy Ballroom from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. for load-in of fireworks.

(Alternate streets: Marietta St., COP Drive, and International Blvd./COP Dr. to the Red Deck.)

  • July 2 – 3 (Road closure)

International Blvd. curve just west of International Plaza to the entrance of the Red Parking Deck from 7 a.m. on July 2 until 8 p.m. on July 3 for load-in for Fourth of July  activities.

(Alternate streets: Marietta St., COP Drive, and International Blvd./COP Dr. to the Red Deck.)

  • July 3– 5 (Road closure)

International Blvd. at Marietta St. to the entrance of the Red Deck from 8 p.m. on July 3 until 7 a.m. on July 5 for Fourth of July activities.

*Note – On July 4 from 6 p.m. until 11:59 p.m., the closure will extend to the intersection of International Blvd./COP Drive for Fourth of July activities.

(Alternate streets: Marietta St., COP Drive, MLK Dr., Chapel St., and Mangum St.)

  • July 4 (Road closure)

Marietta St. between Baker Street and COP Dr. from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m. as needed for pedestrian safety (One north bound lane will remain open for exiting Omni Hotel and Embassy Suites traffic).

(Alternate streets: Baker St., Ted Turner Dr., Cone St.)

  • July 4 (Road closure)

COP Dr. between Marietta St. and International Blvd. from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m. as needed for pedestrian safety.

(Alternate streets: Ted Turner Dr., Cone St., MLK Dr., COP Drive west bound from MLK Dr.)

  • July 5 (Road closure)

International Blvd. curve just west of International Plaza to the entrance of the Red Deck from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. on July 5 for load-out.

(Alternate streets: Marietta St., COP Dr., and International Blvd./COP Dr. to the Red Deck.)

Additional Information

  • Visitors younger than 17 are required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian at least 25-years-old at all times.
  • The Georgia World Congress Center will be closed, attendees will not have access to the building.
  • International Blvd. will be closed, please access the Red and Silver Decks via the lower entrance on Mangum Street.
  • West Plaza (space between Building C and Mercedes-Benz Stadium) will be closed, if accessing International Plaza from Northside Drive please plan for an alternate route.