Celebrate July 4th in Atlanta with AA
The Atlanta Fourth of July holiday will be extra special this year, as the 2015 International Convention of Alcoholics Anonymous comes to Atlanta July 2-5. The convention's theme is "80 Years – Happy, Joyous and Free." celebrating the 80th "birthday" of the AA Fellowship.
60,000 AA Members in Atlanta
Atlanta should see quite a crowd, as the AA Fellowship includes over 2 million registered members worldwide. AA events like this International Conference are usually well-attended. But instead of rowdy, out of control conventioneers, AA convention "delegates" typically bring joy, positive vibes and good will.
The AA press release stated that they are expecting approximately 61,000 attendees from 80 countires this year. Convention planners anticipate a $60 million impact to the Atlanta economy attributed to attendees’ spending on hotel rooms, restaurant dining, sightseeing, and travel (Atlanta's metro line MARTA will be very useful).
Atlanta AA Convention Location
The convention events will be held at several venues from Thursday, July 2nd, through Sunday, July 5th. The Georgia World Congress Center, the Georgia Dome, Centennial Olympic Park and local hotels will be hosting events. Nearly 800 speakers will participate in A.A. topic meetings, panels, and special interest and regional meetings.
Scheduled meetings also include panels of professionals that utilize A.A. as a resource, as well as Al-Anon (a separate fellowship for friends and relatives of alcoholics) and Alateen. Most meetings will be held in English, but there will also be meetings in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Japanese, Russian, Polish, Lithuanian, Swedish and American Sign Language.
AA Party in the Park 2015
Convention highlights include an evening “Party in the Park” on Thursday and three “Big Meetings” Friday through Sunday. During the exciting Friday night flag ceremony at the Georgia Dome, members from each participating country will display their national flags.
More than just AA Members
AA members are joined at these conventions by a variety of professionals and high profile members who share not only their own stories but offer skills to further that mission. Approximately 3,500 local Georgia/Atlanta A.A. members will offer their Southern hospitality, help convention-goers manage their visit to Atlanta.
For general information about the convention, visit www.aa.org or call 212-870-3400.