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Great Escape: American Pride, Georgia Tradition

The Stone Mountain Laser show earns a new level of respect this Fourth of July.

Regardless of where you were born, you eventually solidified your status as a Georgian when you actually screamed for your home state during the humid, psychedelic laser-dancing excitement of a Stone Mountain Park Laser Show.

Some things don’t change. The same show I attended as a child with my Michigan transplant parents is the one I kissed my high school boyfriend, now husband, under, and the same one I took my own children to last year.

Until. This. Year. To quote one of the show's theme songs: “God Bless America!” The Laser show has improved with the times.   

Although some Yankee versus Dixie pride songs and themes still riddle the show, the show now has digital graphics - dubbed Mountainvision - that provide amazing 3-D effects of the mountain opening up. It brings the stories to life. These improvements now re-classify the show as entertainment.

Take a little trip down memory lane. Grab a waterproof blanket and a picnic basket of food we have been too health-conscious to eat - KFC - and join the finger-licking crowd!

Also, stop by the dollar store for some glow necklaces and wristbands.  If you are going to re-live this memory, re-live it right. Go on Saturday or Sunday this weekend and enjoy a great patriotic fireworks display without the holiday traffic jam.    

The show starts at 9:30pm, so you may want to get a sitter for the little ones. Vehicle entry fee is still $10 and so is a KFC Sunday bucket. But getting a fantastic reminder that you should be proud to be an American is totally free. 

James Hunter October 16, 2011 at 11:52 AM
Great description. Hope you really enjoyed the visit. The picture make me realize this is an awesome place for caravan holiday. Your information will help me planning to travel Stone Mountain.
Leslie Johnson October 16, 2011 at 05:51 PM
Thanks for your comment, James. I took my four-year-old to the new laser show over the summer and we had a blast. Lots of cool special effects. Enjoy!

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