Rewatch the Easter Sunday Sunrise Service 2024 at Stone Mountain Park

Thousands of people took part in the annual Easter Sunrise Service at Stone Mountain Park.

You can rematch the full service, including the musical accompaniment prior to the service's start in the video player above.

The annual tradition began seventy-six years ago, in 1944, when Stone Mountain First United Methodist Church congregant Lucille A. Lanford suggested that the church’s youth group climb to the top of Stone Mountain on Easter morning to watch the sunrise.

There were two non-denominational services held Easter Sunday – one on top of the mountain and one at the base. The service was led by Bryant Write, founder and chairperson of Right from the Heart Ministries and Crawford Loritts, president and founder of Beyond Our Generation. 

Some visitors stayed to enjoy family-friendly attractions and recreational activities in the park.

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Easter sunrise service at Stone Mountain Park in Stone Mountain, Ga. March 31, 2024 (Billy Health/FOX 5 Atlanta).

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Vehicle entry to the park is $20 for a one-day permit or $40 for an annual permit. Church vans and buses go free. Round-trip Skyride fees are $20 and $15 one-way. There are no fees for the walk-up trail to the top of the mountain. Visitors staying the day may purchase an Attractions Ticket for $39.99 for adults and $34.99 for children.