Picnics, Pints & Parades: Your Guide to a Patriotic Fourth of July Weekend in LaGrange

In need of some Fourth of July plans for 2021? With everything from great picnic areas and miles of open lake to a special town parade and fantastic fireworks show, LaGrange is an ideal spot to spend Independence Day Weekend in celebration of America!

LaGrange, Georgia is the place to be all Fourth of July Weekend. Round up your friends and/or family and take advantage of the numerous activities, eateries and festivities highlighted below—all of which are guaranteed to help you celebrate Independence Day to the max! 

All-American Activities

Picnic at Flag Pole Park

Picnics and Fourth of July just go hand-in-hand. Located at the corner of Lafayette Parkway and Main Street, Flag Pole Park is a wonderful space to enjoy a relaxing picnic in downtown LaGrange. Lucky enough, there are a number of nearby restaurants from which to order take-out to enjoy in the park.

Pro Tip: Once you’re finished eating, don’t miss the opportunity to hop across the street to Lafayette Square to pay tribute to Marquis de Lafayette—a Revolutionary War hero whose efforts to gain French backing during the conflict proved immeasurable in defeating the British and earning U.S. freedom.

Boat, Fish and Relax at West Point Lake

To many, spending Fourth of July on the water is Heaven. West Point Lake is 35 miles of scenic coves and open water perfect for boating, fishing or simply chilling lakeside on the shore. There are multiple boat ramps to put-in if you have your own vessel, or you can visit Highland Pines Resort and Marina to rent numerous types of watercraft—including motorboats, kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and more. Like the lake but not really a boat person? No worries, you’re covered too! Check out our guide to West Point Lake parks you can access to set up camp for the day and enjoy the water without actually being in it or on it.

Pro Tip: If you’re hitting the lake with a group, look into renting a pontoon for the day—and make sure to bring a bluetooth speaker to play some tunes while you cruise!

Browse History at Legacy Museum on Main

On a weekend that celebrates history, why not soak in as much of the past as possible? Situated in the heart of downtown, Legacy Museum on Main is rich in the history of Troup County, which played a major role in the overall development of West Georgia. Permanent exhibits include artifacts ranging from a soapstone bowl dating back 11,000 years to numerous, more “recent” items from LaGrange’s textile background. The museum also features rotating galleries consisting of rare archival collections and nationally renowned traveling exhibits.

Pro Tip: If you’re a history buff, you’ll definitely want to embark on our Downtown Walking Tour of Historic LaGrange to check out a variety of homes and businesses that offer a great look into the evolution of our town.

Grab a Pint (or Cocktail) at Wild Leap

Not much rivals a cold beer on a hot Fourth of July Weekend. If you agree, look no further than LaGrange’s first brewery, Wild Leap, to satisfy your thirst. Winner of numerous accolades—including the title of America’s Best New Brewery of 2019 as well as multiple medals in the 2020 U.S. Open Beer Championship—Wild Leap offers an ever-evolving variety of delicious IPAs, ales, goses, porters and stouts. Additionally, they craft their own vodka in-house, which is used to create signature craft cocktails for those who aren’t keen on beer or who want something slightly stronger.

Pro Tip: Wild Leap has an outdoor courtyard that frequently hosts live music, so be sure to check out their website to time your visit accordingly if you want to sip to some songs!

Star-Spangled Sustenance

Charlie Joseph’s

What’s Fourth of July Weekend without a hot dog and/or burger? Located downtown, Charlie Joseph’s is an iconic LaGrange eatery renowned for its world-famous hot dogs—including classic, relish, kraut, slaw, chili and cheese varieties. The local favorite is also known for its juicy hamburgers, excellent sandwiches, delicious soups/stews and large collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia that will have you walking down memory lane.

Pro Tip: Charlie Joseph’s hand-held grub and convenient location make it a great option to order at the window and take your food to-go for a picnic at Flag Pole Park!

Country’s Barbecue

There isn’t much more American than good ol’ fashioned barbecue. If that’s what you’re in the mood for, you’ll definitely want to check out Country’s Barbecue—a downtown LaGrange staple whose menu features all kinds of meats smoked over hickory and oak, as well as a variety of classic BBQ sides like baked beans, cole slaw, lemonade and more. Since opening its doors in 2005, the BBQ joint has been voted Troup County’s Best Barbecue Restaurant on multiple occasions, which is really saying something considering the area’s fierce competition.

Pro Tip: You’ll be able to smell Country’s Barbecue long before you see it—just follow your nose to your stomach’s delight!

Beacon Brewing Co.

We mentioned Wild Leap earlier, but if you’re up for some more brew—or if you’d rather combine your beer-drinking with delectable eating—Beacon Brewing Co. has you covered. Situated in the historic Hillside district of LaGrange, this popular brewpub offers beer in the form of distinctly flavored lagers, IPAs and saisons, as well as experimental brews inspired by Bavarian- and Belgian-style ales. As far as food is concerned, the menu consists of Asian cuisine with a southern flair highlighted by Wagyu beef hot dogs, hamburgers, smoked wings, tacos and more!

Pro Tip: While drinking and/or dining, make sure to take in the historical charm of the building and surrounding area, as both are filled with nods to the historical significance of the textile industry in LaGrange.

Festivities for Freedom

Sweet Land of Liberty Parade

The Sweet Land of Liberty Parade has kicked off Fourth of July celebrations in LaGrange since 1985. With a theme of “Red, Wild & Blue,” this year’s parade will commence on July 3rd at 10 am. Join in on the festivities and watch and cheer as the participants make their way by!

Pro Tip: The parade starts at Sweetland Amphitheatre, so set up seats nearby to catch the beginning!

Fireworks at Pyne Road Park

Of course, you can’t have a Fourth of July celebration without fireworks. In LaGrange, Pyne Road Park puts on the best display around—and you don’t want to miss it! This year’s show will take place on Sunday, July 4th. Make sure to grab a seat at the park to see the display from land, or head over in the direction of the park in your boat if you’ve been spending the day on West Point Lake. Either option offers an excellent view of fire in the sky!

Pro Tip: Gates at Pyne Road Park open at 3 pm and live music begins at 6 pm. Get there early to secure your spot!

Need a Place to Stay for the Weekend?

If you’re coming from out of town—or if you simply want to turn Fourth of July weekend into a stay-cation—our city offers many lodging options that can suit the preferences of everyone from up-scale comfort-seekers to full-on outdoor enthusiasts. Simply visit our guide on where to stay in LaGrange to choose the perfect accommodations for you!

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