No Plans for July 4th? Visit Georgia State Parks!


I absolutely love holidays! My husband works in retail, so he is often not here on these fun occasions. However, this year July 4th is the beginning of his vacation, so we will be celebrating as a family.

Have you decided what your family is doing for the 4th? I haven’t, but I do have a feeling that we’ll be spending at least part of the day at a Georgia State Park or Historic Site. There are so many parks offering fun, family friendly activities all for a very minimal cost. Check out the July 4th weekend events and maybe you will find one that interests you!

Unicoi State Park and Lodge 1788 Highway 356 Helen GA 30545

Friday July 2- Sunday July 4th- The weekend will include fun such as a watermelon eatin’ seed spittin contest, sack races, music concert, hoedown, and fun for the entire family. This event starts at 8 PM on Friday and ends at 9 PM on Sunday. $5 parking

Saturday July 3rd, 8pm- 9pm Every Saturday from Memorial Day through mid-November. Some of the best musicians in the area perform a variety of music, from Appalachian Mountain to bluegrass to Southern gospel. “Pass-the-hat” donations. $5 parking.

Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge 418 Amicaloloa Falls State Park Road Dawsonville GA 30534

Friday July 2- Sunday July 4th, 10am- 5pm A weekend of family fun to celebrate the nation’s independence! Join us for relay races, patriotic crafts, and the famous watermelon seed-spitting contest! $5 parking

Florence Marina State Park 218 Florence Road Omaha GA 31821

Friday July 2- Sunday July 4th, 10am- 3pm Celebrate the Fourth with games, watermelon eating contest, and educational boat tours. $4 plus $5 parking

Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site 1 Public Square Dahlonega GA 30533

Saturday July 3, 2pm- 5pm Every Saturday starting April 17 until October 9, come listen to the sounds and songs of yesteryear. North Georgia’s mountain music singers and pickers will appear on the grounds of the historic Dahlonega Gold Museum. Enjoy acoustic and old-time strings as the sounds of yesterday fill the air.

F.D. Roosevelt State Park 2970 Ga. Hwy. 190 Pine Mountain GA 31822

Saturday July 3rd, 4pm- 6pm- The Friends of FDR State Park is hosting a car show to benefit the park. Registration is required to show your vehicle. Cars will be parked in the field across from Liberty Bell Swimming Pool. $20 for first car, and $15 for next car(s). $5 parking.

Saturday July 3rd, 7pm- Go back in time to poodle skirts, bobby socks and hoola hoops – the wonderful 1950s. Meet at the park office amphitheater for a ’50s costume contest, limbo and trivia. $2 plus $5 parking.

Fort King George Historic Site 302 McIntosh Road SE Darien GA 31305

Saturday July 3rd, 10am- 4pm Join the garrison for a day of artillery drills, musket firings and soldier’s life activities to honor Independence Day. Free watermelon and lemonade will be served. $3.50-$5.

Fort Morris Historic Site 2559 Fort Morris Road Midway GA 31320

Saturday July 3rd, 11am- 3pm Celebrate the 4th with colonial games, contests of skill, colonial music, musket firings, cannon firings and activities. Prizes will be awarded to all participants. Sponsored by the City of Flemington, Ga.

Jarrell Plantation Historic Site 711 Jarrell Plantation Road Juliette GA 31406

Saturday July 3rd, 10:30am- 3:30pm Demonstrations of traditional crafts and skills. Competitions in 3-legged race, sack race, egg toss and tug-of-war. A reading of the Declaration of Independence will be at noon. $3.50-$5.00

Red Top Mountain State Park 50 Lodge Road Cartersville GA 30121

Saturdau July 3rd, 11am- 9pm Bring your instrument or just come listen. Open jam is from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., open stage is 6 – 8 p.m. and bluegrass concerts are at 8 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and have fun with the whole family. $5 parking.

Robert Toombs House Historic Site 216 East Robert Toombs Avenue Washington GA 30673

Saturday July 3rd, 10am- 5pm This living-history event will honor Robert Toombs’ life from acts: Act I “The Formative Years”; Act II “Baron of Wilkes County”; Act III “Premier of the Confederacy”; Act IV “A Man Without a Country.” Refreshments will be served. Free.

Skidaway Island State Park 52 Diamond Causeway Savannah GA 31411

Saturday July 3rd- Sunday July 4th Celebrate good times with a patriotic decorating contest (pets, yourself, your bikes, etc), hayrides, crafts, a greased pole climb and other challanges, and join in a campfire! $5 parking.

Stephen C. Foster State Park 17515 Hwy. 177 Fargo GA 31631

Saturday July 3rd, 5pm- 6pm Swampers of all ages can challenge each other with games like three-legged race, potato-sack race, relays, water balloon toss, a sidewalk chalk art competition, wheelbarrow races and “gone fishing.” $5 parking.

Sweetwater Creek State Park 1750 Mount Vernon Road Lithia Springs GA 30122

Saturday July 3rd, 10am- Noon This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead us to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This Historian or Ranger-led hike will include going inside the impressive mill ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids (both providing great photo opportunities). $2-$3 plus $5 parking.

Tallulah Gorge State Park 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Drive Tallulah Falls GA 30573

Saturday July 3rd, 10:30 am- 2:30 pm This guided hike will take you from rim to river while learning about the gorge’s unique environments. Be sure to wear proper footwear (no flip-flops or crocs). This hike is strenuous and will involve rock hopping and getting wet. Bring a lunch and lots of water. For ages 10 and older. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking.

Sunday July 4th 10:30 am- 2:30pm This guided hike will take you from rim to river while learning about the gorge’s unique environments. Be sure to wear proper footwear (no flip-flops or crocs). This hike is strenuous and will involve rock hopping and getting wet. Bring a lunch and lots of water. For ages 10 and older. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking.

Tugaloo State Park 1763 Tugaloo State Park Road Lavonia GA 30553

Saturday July 3rd Events will begin with our 10 a.m. bicycle parade. Old-time games on the ballfield at 1 p.m. include sack races, three-legged races, relays, egg and water balloon tosses, and other events. At 3 p.m. we will hold our annual putt putt tournament for ages 12 and younger. $3 for putt-putt tournament, plus $5 parking.

Vogel State Park 405 Vogel State Park Road Blairsville GA 30512

Sunday July 4th 8:30 am- 4:30 pm Come to Vogel as we celebrate our independence with a special flag-raising ceremony. Also there will be a bicycle parade, pedal boat races, sandcastle building competition, watermelon eating, sack races, egg tosses and greased pole climbing. $5 parking.

Crooked River State Park 6222 Charlie Smith Sr. Highway St. Mary’s GA 31558

Sunday July 4th, 8am- 11am- Kayaking the marshes around Crooked River offers opportunities to look for birds and learn about the importance of the marsh ecosystem. Reservations are required and space is limited. $35 single, $45 tandem. Call for family rates of 3 or more. $5 parking.

Fort McAllister Historic Park 3894 Fort McAllister Road Richmond Hill GA 31324

Sunday July 4th, 10am- 4pm Come and celebrate our nation’s birthday with Civil War troops as they fire special salutes for those who have died so we may be free. Also join us for period games and a cool slice of melon. Pack a lunch and enjoy the day. $3.50 – $5.

Georgia Veterans State Park 2459 U.S. Highway 280 W Cordele GA 31015

Sunday July 4th 9:30 pm- 10pm A spectacular display of fireworks highlights the Fourth of July. $5.00 plus $5 parking.

Panola Mountain State Park 2600 Ga. Hwy. 155 SW Stockbridge GA 30281

Sunday July 4th, 2pm Casting is the backbone of this clinic; however, if time permits will also cover equipment, knot tying, and safety issues and other tricks of the trade. Master Instructor C. H. Brown suggest wearing long pants/shorts and hiking shoes, and bringing snacks, water and sun lotion. Georgia fishing license required. Meeting at the Alexander Lake Parking Area. We recommend arriving 30 minutes before each program. Register in advance. $15 or $12 with own gear. $5 parking.

Sunday July 4th, 2pm These guided hikes depart from Panola’s nature center and are for people in good physical condition. This hike allows visitors to see Panola Mountain up close, as a ranger explains why the mountain is protected and what we can do to preserve granite outcrops. Bring sturdy shoes, water, bug spray and your camera. Rain or shine. Meeting at the nature center. We recommend arriving 30 minutes before each program. Register in advance. $7 plus $5 parking.

Sunday July 4th, 7:30pm Listen to whippoorwills and owls as fireworks shower Atlanta’s skyline. The top of Panola Mountain is one of the best places for a quiet and colorful view of July 4th festivities. Bring flashlights, refreshments and comfortable clothing. Fireworks are prohibited inside the park. Meeting at the nature center, unless stated otherwise. We recommend arriving 30 minutes before each program. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking.

Lakeside Swimming will also be available at the following parks. Use of the beach area and swimming lake are free after the $5 parking fee.

John Tanner State Park 354 Tanners Beach Road Carrollton GA 30117

Hard Labor Creek State Park 5 Hard Labor Creek Road Rutledge GA 30663

Elijah Clark State Park 2959 McCormick Highway Lincolnton GA 30817

Mistletoe State Park 3725 Mistoletoe Road Appling GA 30802

Indian Springs State Park 678 Lake Clark Road Flovilla GA 30216

Red Top Mountain State Park 50 Lodge Road Cartersville GA 30121

Tugaloo State Park 1763 Tugaloo State Park Road Lavonia GA 30553

Tallulah Gorge State Park 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Drive Tallulah Falls GA 30573

Swimming pools will be open for the weekend at the following locations. A small fee is charged in addition to the parking fee because there are lifeguards on duty.

F.D. Roosevelt State Park 2970 Ga. Hwy. 190 Pine Mountain GA 31822

High Falls State Park 76 High Falls Park Road Jackson GA 30233

Little Ocmulgee State Park 80 Live Oak Trail Helena GA 31037

Magnolia Springs State Park 1053 Magnolia Springs Drive Millen GA 30442

Victoria Bryant State Park 1105 Bryant Park Road Royston GA 30662

All parks also have picnic tables and grills available for free after the parking fee is paid. Many parks also have shelters available for rent if you’d like to get a group together. These go fast, though, so check HERE to see what is still available and to make a reservation.

Since the 4th of July falls on a weekend, this would be the perfect opportunity to take a few nights and go camping with your family. Camping is an incredibly affordable way to get away for a mini vacation. In addition to campsites, several of the state parks offer yurts, cottages, and hotel style lodge rooms. If you want to see what type of lodging is available at any state park, go HERE.

Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites is really offering us many activities to participate in this July 4th weekend. We live within several hours of many of the 63 state parks and historic sites, and I have not yet decided which one we will visit. One thing is for sure, though- there are no shortage of options!

No compensation was received for this post. I just love the Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites, and wanted to share some exciting opportunities with you!

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