And even though this year July 4 falls on Sunday, many businesses are closed on Monday, July 5, so Atlanta’s gay bars and party promoters are once again pulling out all the stops.

Among this weekend’s highlights:

Friday, July 2-Sunday, July 4

Take a bite out of the Big Peach as the Hotlanta Softball League hosts its annual softball tournament with dozens of teams from Atlanta and the entire south participating. On Friday there will be the official Big Peach welcome and registration party from 6 p.m.-11 p.m. at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Road, Atlanta, GA 30324. After party is at Heretic on Cheshire Bridge Road. On Saturday play begins with Blake’s on the Park serving as the official host bar, 227 10th St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309. Games continue on Sunday with a closing party at Burkharts Pub, 1492 Piedmont Ave., NE, Atlanta, GA. Games played at Southside Softball Park, 3460 Jonesboro Road SE, Atlanta, GA 30354. www.hslbigpeach.com.

Saturday, July 3-Sunday, July 4

Flux Deluxe returns for a special Fourth of July celebration. Dance all Saturday night with DJ Vicki Powell spinning the beats and then on Sunday enjoy a brunch with a rooftop pool party to follow to watch the fireworks. Special room rates available if you mention Flux by calling Bill Kaelin at 404-396-5750. The Livingston, 659 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308, www.livingstonatlanta.com.

Sunday, July 4

DJ Paulo returns to Atlanta to let freedom ring for the Fourth of July Weekend. Presented by CARIOCA Productions and Chris Coleman Enterprises. Party starts at 10 p.m. at Club Q, a.k.a. Legends, 181 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. SW, Atlanta, GA 30312. www.chriscolemanenterprises.com.

“Hedwig & the Angry Inch” is performed at the Spring4thCenter. Tickets are $10 and $15. Showtime is 7 p.m. with a Q&A to follow with the cast.
Spring4th Center, 728 Spring St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30308, www.spring4th.com.

Ladies at Play presents its Fourth of July Bash. $5 before 10 p.m., $10 after 10 p.m. Luxe Ultra Lounge (formely Enigma), 1100 Crescent Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.vladiesatplay.com.

Monday, July 5

Know when to fold ‘em. It’s Texas Hold ‘Em night at Woofs. 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m., 2425 Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30324, www.woofsatlanta.com.

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