Celebrate July Fourth: 16 things to do this weekend in metro Atlanta

This Fourth of July weekend doesn’t have its usual full slate of fireworks and events, but you’ll still find plenty to do in metro Atlanta. From a Fourth of July town square picnic to drive-in movies and concerts, family-oriented activities are easy to find if you want to get out of the house and have some fun.

Check out the following 16 things to do in metro Atlanta this weekend:

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Marietta Square First Friday Art Walk. 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, July 3. 39-75 E. Park Square, Marietta. https://www.facebook.com.

The Art Walk is back, so stroll around the Square and look for balloons to locate shops, galleries and restaurants that are hosting artists inside. Participating galleries will limit the number of people inside at one time and ask that you bring your mask and socially distance.

July 4th Picnic. noon-9 p.m. Saturday, July 4. Marietta Square Market, 68 N. Marietta Parkway NW, Marietta. https://www.facebook.com.

Celebrate July Fourth with a picnic as the Marietta Square Market adds lots of extra outdoor seating. Live music and kids’ activities will also be offered.

Elizabeth Porter Sprayground. 1 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4. $2 residents, $3 non-residents. 370 Montgomery St., Marietta. 770-794-5073. https://www.facebook.com.

Take the kids to romp in the sprayground as it reopens this weekend. Two-hour time block reservations must be made online in advance.

Sope Creek Trail. 3760 Paper Mill Road SE, Marietta. ajc.com.

Explore a one-mile round trip trail that’s very family-friendly to see the creek as well as the stone ruins of an old paper mill in a wooded forest.

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Caffeine and Octane. 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Sunday, July 5. Free. Perimeter Mall, 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. https://www.facebook.com.

See over 2,000 cars, trucks and more as you socially distance and wear a mask.

Avondale Estates Farmers Market. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, July 5. Parking lot of My Parents’ Basement, 22 N. Avondale Road, Avondale Estates. avondalefarmersmarket.org.

Pre-order and prepay for your produce online in advance, or visit the market as you socially distance, wear a face covering and use provided hand sanitizer.

Chamblee City Parks Scavenger Hunt. various locations. https://www.facebook.com.

Use the clues to find the special Chamblee Scavenger Hunt stone located in one of the city’s parks. When you find it, take a photo with the stone, post it and tag the city on Facebook or Instagram before putting the stone back where you found it.

Stone Mountain Park. $19.95 and up. 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain. 1-800-401-2407. stonemountainpark.com.

Stone Mountain Park attractions, with the exception of the LaserShow and fireworks, are open this weekend. Reservations with date-based tickets are required, as are social distancing and the use of a face covering.

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Drive-In Movies. 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4. $29.95-$34.95 a carload. Area 51: Aurora Cineplex and The Fringe Miniature Golf Course, 5100 Commerce Parkway, Roswell. 770-518-0977. https://www.facebook.com.

Watch “Back to the Future” on Friday or “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” on Saturday on a 40-foot screen.

Butterfly Encounter. Daily through Aug. 2 until 4:30 p.m. Included with general admission of $6-$10. Free to CNC members and children 2 and under. Tickets designating a visit date and time must be purchased in advance. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770-992-2055. chattnaturecenter.org.

Be surrounded by hundreds of native butterflies, and if you’d like to attract butterflies to your garden at home, you’ll have the chance to buy nectar and host plants.

Drive-In Concert. 4:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, July 4. $20-$50 per space. 1570 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell. visitroswellga.com.

Bring small umbrellas, chairs and a small table if you’d like and enjoy music from Webster and Magnolia Express and fireworks after the show.

Live Music from the Highbeams. 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, July 4. Free. hosted by The Earth Brewing Company, 201 Azalea Drive, Roswell. facebook.com.

Enjoy music from The Highbeams, who play high-energy folk rock. Social distancing will be enforced, and the show is for all ages.

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Lilburn Farmers Market. 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday, July 3 and every Friday through Aug. 28. Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 1400 Killian Hill Road, Lilburn. https://www.lilburnfarmersmarket.org/.

Start the weekend with locally grown/produced products such as seasonal fruits and vegetables, herbs, preserves and jellies, meats, cheeses, baked goods and more.

Simpsonwood Park. Daily from sunrise-sunset. 4511 Jones Bridge Circle, Peachtree Corners. 678-277-0900. 770-978-5270 for trail info, 770-822-5450 for chapel info. gwinnettcounty.com.

Explore this wooded park, which features a 3.1-mile trail along the Chattahoochee River, a peaceful meadow and a small vintage chapel.

Virtual Wizardry Workshop. 3 p.m.-3:20 p.m. Friday, July 3. Hosted by Gwinnett County Public Library. https://gwinnettpl.libnet.info

Wizardry projects and crafts inspired by the Harry Potter book series are featured in workshops on the library’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

K1 Speed. Noon-11 p.m. Friday, July 3, 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday, July 4, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, July 5 and ongoing. $22.95 and up. 1625 Pleasant Hill Road, Suite 240, Duluth. 1-678-367-2857. K1speed.com.

Zip around an indoor track in a high-performance go-kart while you hit speeds of up to 45 mph.

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