Independence Day: The Biggest Racing Day of the Year

To most people, the Fourth of July conjures up visions of fireworks, barbeques and parades. To runners, the Fourth of July represents the biggest road racing day of the year.

Road racing on Independence Day is akin to high school football on Thanksgiving Day. In just about every community in the country you will find a race.

AJC Peachtree Road Race

July 4 isn't just Independence day, it's also the day when the largest 10K road race in the World is held. Annually 55,000 runners fill the streets of Atlanta, Georgia for the AJC Peachtree Road Race.

More Family-friendly Events

  • The July 4th Music City 10K/5K in Nashville, Tennessee is a great family event and way to kick off the festivities. Register.
  • The Fleet Feet Firecracker 5-Mile in Fairport, New York is one of the oldest races in Rochester with a course that takes you all throughout town. Register.
  • The Rotary Santa Cruz Firecracker 1K, 5K and 10K in Santa Cruz, California is a great family friendly event, complete with a pancake breakfast everyone can enjoy. Register.
  • The Harvard Pilgrim 10K at Patriot Place offers New Englanders a unique experience to run to the goal line inside Gillette Stadium.  Register.

What better way is there to celebrate our independence and to show your patriotism then with the freedom of running? So find yourself a local race and be part of the nation's biggest running celebration of the year.


To locate a race in your area, please visit our directory of July 4 events .

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