The Southern Sense: July 2015

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Atlanta on the 4thSummer in the South is an undulating mix of delicious food in your belly, great music in the parks, and lightning bug shows in the backyard. The pace of life seems to slow down, perhaps due to the hot temperatures, and communities never miss a chance to get together for a festival, pool party, or backyard cookout. There is truly an endless supply of entertainment. Feel free to check out some of our previous posts about Emory’s nearby neighbors, Virginia Highland and Decatur, our top restaurant picks for the best Southern victuals, and great places to visit in Georgia beyond Atlanta,

If you’re visiting Emory University this month, we encourage you to take some time to get to know our home city. Below are a few events happening here in July.

“July 4th Pied Piper Parade” in Decatur. Saturday, July 4.

There are lots of different ways to spend your 4th of July in Atlanta, and yes, almost all include fireworks and BBQ. If you’re not feeling largescale downtown gatherings, then I recommend settling down in the great neighborhood of Decatur for the afternoon and evening. Amidst fireworks and live music, you can get great food at any of the local Decatur restaurants surrounding the parade route.

“Movies in Central Park 2015” at Atlantic Station. Every Thursday through August 13.

I’ve been watching great films (current and classic) outdoors around Atlanta as far back as I can remember. The venue and movie genres might change each summer, but the love our community has for mass picnics and movie screenings in our to-die-for summer evening weather has not changed and probably never will. During the month of July, you can catch Independence Day, Casablanca, 101 Dalmatians and Airplane! on the Atlantic Station lawn. Local restaurants around the lawn are offering in-house discounts and picnic-style to-go orders on Thursday evenings to make your experience even better.

“The Atlanta Street Food Festival” in Piedmont Park. Saturday, July 11.

We take our food in the South very seriously and firmly believe it should be available to all and as accessible as possible. Thus, we are all about the food truck movement. Join tons of Atlanta natives in celebrating what’s great to eat down here in one of our favorite local venues, Piedmont Park. Tickets are just $12 and all proceeds go to The Giving Kitchen Charity. Be prepared to stay longer once you’ve tasted the food and heard the live music. Bring a blanket to sit on, just in case.

“Atlanta Ice Cream Festival” in Piedmont Park. Saturday, July 25.

Yes, only in the South would you find an entire festival dedicated to just ice cream and its “healthy” consumption. While learning about health and fitness from professionals, enjoy activities throughout the day, including ice cream competitions, live entertainment and of course, more ice cream.

‘Til next month!

Farish Jerman 11C*
Senior Admission Counselor
Emory University
Office of Undergraduate Admission

* Emory uses these abbreviations to designate graduation year. For example, Farish graduated from Emory College of Emory University in 2011.

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