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Happy Independence Day, y’all! It’s America’s 238th celebration of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Of course – here in the South – The Fourth of July is really all about the F’s = Family, Food, Fun, and Fireworks! If you don’t have your own batch of explosives recently acquired from Alabama or South Carolina, and ya feel like going out for a party, then here are just a few ways to celebrate July 4th in Atlanta.

Down Peachtree Street in Midtown, y’all can welcome the newly opened MAX’s Wine Dive. I love their tag line: “Fried chicken and champagne…why the hell not?!” The menu sounds good enough to chomp down on with favorites like Southern Fried Chicken; Max ‘n Cheese; Nacho Mama’s Oysters and brunch items like Hangover Fries. Seasonal items include Pea & Mint Ravioli (yum!) plus more than 130 wines on the wine list with select wines on tap.

10th & Piedmont is open early on the Fourth of July to serve their regular brunch menu. Enjoy favorites like the 10P chicken and waffles, and start the party with a bang sampling their signature vodka flights.

Hosting a party this 4th of July? Click here

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Double Zero Napoletana and Sugo will offer a special, prix fixe menu for $17.76. In partnership with Big Green Egg, Double Zero will feature two meat options hot off the grill including a smoked lamb shoulder crostini and smoked pork spareribs. Other menu highlights include a grilled watermelon salad, lamb burger and bourbon bread pudding. At Sugo, guests are invited to indulge in three courses of the restaurant’s Italian and Greek specialties. Highlights include a sampling plate of Sugo’s signature meatballs, spanakopita and bacon wrapped dates, wagyu burger and apple pie push pop for dessert.

Bantam + Biddy in Ansley Mall is hosting a whole pig roast starting at noon until 4 p.m. with a special on chopped barbecue pork sandwiches and a side for $6 while supplies last. All locations offer catering, family meals and picnics-to-go for those who want to bring their Southern-style meats and veggies to their own grill outs. Whole smoked or fried chicken, fingerling potato salad with grainy mustard, watermelon and feta salad, black-eyed peas and tomato salad, and cornbread and lemon bars will all be available to go.

Davio's Boozy Pops

If you’re planning to watch the fireworks over Peachtree at Lenox Mall, then pop by Davio’s at Phipps Plaza before the festivities to sample a Boozy Pop. Flavors include Pink Grapefruit with St. Germain Liqueur and fresh mint, Maple Peach with Jim Beam Maple and White Sangria. And at only $4, it’s the coolest way to enjoy a cocktail.

Downtown, BLT Steak is cooking up an all-American feast. The festive blackboard menu includes house-made pickles, pimento cheese and house-made pepperoni, and the Heirloom Tomato Salad with Vidalia onions, arugula and rich buttermilk dressing. For entrees, choose from a 16oz dry aged Kansas City Strip drizzled with red wine butter or the Smoked Pork Loin Chop served with pickled strawberries and a BBQ demi glaze. The patriotic presentation wouldn’t be complete without Pastry Chef Sarah Biggard’s homemade Apple Pie served with bourbon caramel, mint crème anglaise and cinnamon ice cream. The blackboard specials are available individually or prix fixe for $60 and with wine pairing for only $35.

Your best bet to find a rocking party is at Whiskey Blue in the W Buckhead. Doors open at 4 p.m. with fireworks at 9 p.m. Come enjoy the party from the balcony overlooking Buckhead. For table reservations, call 678-500-3190 or e-mail

Marlow’s Tavern is offering a star-spangled menu including Firecracker Deviled Eggs, a Wild West Bison Burger, and Summertime Watermelon Margarita. Copy and print this offer to get yourself a free burger if you visit Marlow’s today.

What are y’all up to this July 4th? Let us know in the comments section below or on Twitter @Pretty_Southern.
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Lauren Patrick is the editor of Pretty A native Southerner, UGA graduate, and Georgia Bulldogs fan, y’all can find her writing, wining, and dining in Atlanta. Keep up with her & Pretty Southern on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.