Independence Day falls on a Monday this year. That means it’s time to prepare yourself for a 3-day weekend crammed full of the sunniest, ice creamiest (and dare we say) booziest summer fun imaginable! And this year there’s no better place to celebrate the 4th of July than Atlanta, Georgia. Sure, the experts at the Travel Channel named Atlanta the number one destination for fireworks in the United States, but there’s more to the perfect 4th of July weekend than high quality pyrotechnics. We’re talking about food, music, parties, enjoying nature, and celebrating American history: Atlanta has it all. Whether you are the outdoorsy type or strictly an urban explorer, we’ve got your perfect 4th of July weekend all planned out…
When you come visit Atlanta, there is a lot of fun to be had touring classic attractions like the World of Coca-Cola and Six Flags Over Georgia. But when you’re coming here to live, you’re going to want to get deeper into the local culture. Tourist attractions are fun, but they won’t always give you the real Atlanta experience. When you’re ready to venture out of your new Atlanta apartment for a day of experiencing ATL on the street level, check out some of these amazing local spots.
The Buford Highway Flea Market has more than 260 booths full of local vendors selling hand-made, recently-found, or simply zany goods. Just a half-dozen miles out of downtown on highway 13, this international market is rarely over-crowded if you can make it on a weekday afternoon, and the prices range from reasonable to amazing.
Gladys and Ron’s Chicken and Waffles might sound like it is owned by some elderly couple whose soul food recipes are insanely excellent — and you’re half right. Gladys Knight (yes, that Gladys Knight) came up with some choice entrees to craft a menu around, and her son Shanga keeps her ideas alive today at this incredible Atlanta treasure. If you think of ‘soul food’ primarily as ‘that Vanessa Williams movie,’ educate yourself at this eatery. Stop by Gladys and Ron’s, and you’ll never think of chicken or waffles the same way again.