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Atlanta 4th Of July 2013 Independence Day Restaurant Specials

There’s no better time than the Fourth of July to kick back and celebrate summer with family and friends. Travel plans won’t be necessary this year, because Atlanta restaurants and bars are celebrating Independence Day with exciting specials.

Atkins Park

Photo Credit: atkinspark.com

Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland is celebrating Independence Day by hosting the Sixth Annual Go Whole Hog or Go Home Fourth of July party. For $15 guests can enjoy a meat-and-three meal for lunch or dinner. The Backyard Beer Olympics starts at 3 p.m. and games include Ping-Pong, ladder toss, cornhole and darts. Registration for teams of two is free, and over $500 in prizes is up for grabs.

Downtown’s Game-X is inviting guests to play, drink and dine on Independence Day. Finger foods like dead-heat hummus and wings of fortune are available throughout the day. Gamers can play Pac-Man Smash, NBA Hoops and plenty of other favorites. Once the sun sets, guests can watch the fireworks from the city’s new Ferris wheel, SkyWheel Atlanta, conveniently located near Game-X.


Tandoori offering at Gunshow (Photo Credit: Ruksana Hussain)

Get ready to wow guests without ever stepping into the kitchen. Chef Kevin Gillespie’s Gunshow is offering barbecue-to-go packages for four, filled with Southern classics. Dishes include a quart of whole hog, pulled pork and Brunswick stew, a pint of coleslaw, eight buns, dill pickles, saltine crackers and cookies. The cost is $50 plus tax and diners can reserve by Saturday, June 29 to guarantee pickup between noon and 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 4. A few extra packages will also be available at the restaurant, but reservations are highly recommended to ensure a barbecue feast on the Fourth.

Marlow’s Tavern is offering guests more than just a day of celebration this season. From Tuesday, June 18 through Monday, July 29, a selection of patriotic plates, hand-crafted cocktails and local brews are available to diners. During these six weeks, the “Red, White and Brew” menu celebrates summer in the good ole U.S.A. with star-spangled dishes and beverages, like the beach house bruschetta and the summertime watermelon margarita. The restaurant is also hosting the Fourth Annual Marlow’s Tavern Grilling Recipe Contest during this time, where grill-masters can submit their best recipe for a chance to win a Big Green Egg and other great prizes.


Photo Credit: no246.com

No. 246 in Decatur is inviting guests to celebrate the Fourth of July with a day of Ping-Pong and plenty of delicious drink specials. The lunch menu is served from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for diners and table tennis stars to enjoy pizza, salad and sandwiches throughout the day.

Atlantans can rise and shine for a tasty day at Midtown hot spot Olmsted to celebrate America and the Peachtree Road Race. Bottomless mimosas and bloody marys are offered for $14, while an a la carte menu is served starting at 7 a.m.

Atlantans and out-of-towners can experience the Fourth of July from new heights at Atlanta’s SkyLounge located at the Glenn Hotel. Guests can purchase the hotel’s special Red, White & Boom package for $169, which includes a deluxe room for the night and two access passes to the rooftop for a perfect view of the fireworks at Centennial Olympic Park.

Ventanas Atlanta

View from the Ventanas deck at dusk (Photo Credit: ventanasatlanta.com)

Ventanas is teaming up with Q100 for a night full of music, food and drinks. The $26 ticket includes delicious hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary well drink. The indoor event will keep guests cool while they dance to music played by the night’s DJ. With fireworks at eye level, Ventanas is the premiere location to watch the Atlanta skyline light up. The party starts at 6 p.m. and fireworks will begin as soon as the sun sets. Guests who purchase tickets will also receive a $5 play card to use at Game-X before the event.

Woodfire Grill

Executive chef Tyler Williams (Photo Credit: woodfiregrill.com)

Before the fireworks on the Fourth, Executive Chef Tyler Williams of Woodfire Grill is preparing a star-studded barbecue feast for an Independence Day celebration on Wednesday, July 3 from 5:30 – 11 p.m. Guests can load up their plates at the restaurant’s annual “BBQ & Beer” party with watermelon, skillet cornbread with butter, pork butt, chicken thigh and beef brisket served with Carolina mustard vinegar, pepper vinegar and sweet Memphis-style sauces. All-American sides include coleslaw, potato salad, deviled eggs and green beans with bacon. Pastry Chef Karie Brown is preparing peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream for dessert. Woodfire Grill is also encouraging everyone to enjoy a beer with their barbecue for a good cause. SweetWater 420 drafts are available for $6 and proceeds from sales are being donated to “Save the Hooch,” a campaign started by Atlanta’s SweetWater Brewery in 2005 to advocate and secure the protection and stewardship of the Chattahoochee River, its tributaries and watershed. The cost is $38 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Reservations are required and seating is limited.

So go ahead and make that reservation to enjoy with friends and family this July 4th. Let us know how your holiday celebration fare!

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