Our listing of places to watch the fireworks for the Fourth of July and for New Year’s Eve.

July 4th Fireworks

Head to Lake Avondale for its Fourth of July party. Bring a cooler, a blanket, and plenty of red Solo Cups for this very laid-back, family-friendly party in Avondale Estates. Around sunset, neighborhood folks and other insiders head to the lake to claim their grassy spot for picnicking and fireworks viewing. There’s great people watching to be had here and roaming with a beverage is encouraged. You’ll see lots of familiar Avondalers, including writers, shopkeepers, beer aficionados, and a handful of bohemians from the nearby Rail Arts District. One home in particular is known for its open house where especially good gossip, eats, and shots of moonshine are there for those who play and party nice. A top-notch fireworks display caps off the evening. After that, the streets clear pretty quick, so give yourself plenty of time to get yourself together. You don’t want to mess with an Avondale cop. www.avondaleestates.org.

Tuesday July 3, 2012 08:00 PM EDT
Celebrate Fourth of July with fun for the whole family, including entertainment and one of Atlanta’s best fireworks displays. Park gates open at 6 p.m. and the fireworks will start around 9:30 p.m. [click here for more]

Tuesday July 3, 2012 08:00 PM EDT
Cost: $15 for adults; kids are free
Held at Matilda’s Cottage in Apharetta, Georgia, there will be bluegrass, BBQ, and fireworks in celebration of July 4th. “The Mighty Bisons” will be performing, and then you can see the City of Alpharetta’s fireworks show in the backyard! [click here for more]

Tuesday July 3, 2012 08:00 PM EDT
W Atlanta - Buckhead Cost: Rates from $219
W Atlanta – Buckhead knows that when it comes to the Fourth of July there is nothing more important than location. Steps away from the fireworks celebration at Lenox Square Mall as well as the start of the Peachtree Road Race. 4th of July All Access Package - Wonderful Room, Complimentary Valet, Acc... [click here for more]

Tuesday July 3, 2012 08:00 PM EDT
Watch Marietta’s fireworks display from the fourth level Cobb Terrace while enjoying a cocktail and a view of thousands of people in the square’s streets and Glover Park. The fireworks begin after dark, estimated to be between 9 and 9:30 p.m. The doors and bar will open at 6 p.m. [click here for more]

Thursday July 5, 2012 08:00 PM EDT
Atlanta Motor Speedway Cost: Adults $6 Kids $2
Atlanta Motor Speedway celebrates Independence Day with two nights of FIREWORKS! Fans can look forward to a full night of legends racing followed by the Papa John’s Pizza Fireworks Extravaganza on July 4. Fireworks will then return July 6 during AMS’ Friday Night Drags event prior to Drag eliminatio... [click here for more]

Tuesday July 3, 2012 08:00 PM EDT
Keswick Park Cost: Free Admission
Live music begins at 2 p.m. with Chris Cauley off “The Voice”, singer/song writer Nathan Ware, and the Mike Veal Band. Activities from 2-6 p.m. include a Family Fun Zone with a train ride, moonwalks, clowns, a circus, face painting, balloon animals, a bungee jump, rock wall, cornhole, pony hops and ... [click here for more]

New Years Fireworks

Sunday December 30, 2012 07:00 PM EST
Underground Atlanta Cost: Free
Ring in 2013 at Atlanta’s largest New Year’s Eve celebration and spend the last day of the year enjoying activities at Underground Atlanta ranging from kid-friendly games to live music to a performance by Beatles tribute band Abbey Road LIVE. [click here for more]