If you’re looking for some ways to get out and celebrate the 4th of July this year, here’s a list of happenings going on in and around the Magic City! So grab your BirminghamMommy 4th of July Scavenger Hunt and head on out to celebrate and see some amazing Fireworks!
4th of July Celebrations in Birmingham
36th Annual I Love America Night
Wald Park Vestavia
This 36th annual event will feature free swimming at the Wald Park Pool, children’s activities and inflatables sponsored by Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church.
Free Swimming 6:00-7:30 PM
Children’s Area hosted by Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church 6:00-8:00 pm
Pops in the Park Concert by Shades Mountain Baptist Church Orchestra 7:00 pm
Movie: Beauty and the Beast (2017) 8:15 pm
Chelsea City Fest and The Big Kaboom
New location: large grassy area behind the Dairy Queen on County Rd 47.
5pm – 10:30pm
Live Music, Food trucks, and for children, there will be a Red, White and Blue Bicycle Parade at 6 p.m. Participants can bring their decorated bikes, along with wagons for the younger ones. It will begin at Chelsea Corners Way and end at Hartley’s Restaurant. Liberty Baptist Church is sponsoring a kid’s zone with activities, face painting and inflatables. The Chelsea Fire Department will display some of its equipment.
Tables and chairs will be set up near the food trucks, but guests also are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets. Arts and craft vendors will be selling merchandise.
Old Town Helena
Helena First Saturday – More Info TBA
Tannehill Independence Celebration
Carnival Games, Balloon Animals, Bungee Jump, Backyard Maze, Face Painting, Petting Zoo, Rock Wall and More! Live Music by Exit 97. $5 wrist band gets you unlimited access to Rock Wall, Backyard Maze and Petting Zoo.
1pm – 4pm
Alabaster Fireworks Show
Behind the old silo on Hwy. 119 in Alabaster
Fireworks begin at 9pm and last approximately 15 minutes. APH Radio will broadcast patriotic music during the show at 99.9 FM. Viewing sites Plaza Circle & Plaza Drive, Alabaster YMCA sports fields, the area surrounding Publix, Elliotsville Plaza, Municipal Park, Larry Simmons Stadium and its surrounding areas.
Birmingham Barons at Regions Field
Patriotic Fireworks Show – Fireworks show set to Patriotic music in honor of Independence Day.
Oak Mountain State Park – Fire on the Water
From 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm: Regular park entry rates apply until 4 PM. At 4 PM we will begin accepting $15 per carload! The gates will be locked at 7:30 PM, no one will be allowed to enter the park past 7:30 PM. This ensures we have time to set up all of our guests have enough time to make it to a good viewing area!
Beer will be sold from 5pm until 8pm. NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOL ALLOWED. Please enjoy responsibly.
Bring your own chairs/blankets for the show, and you will be allowed to bring in your own coolers (no alcohol admitted). We will have picnic tables available, and there are grills throughout the park open to the public!
Coyote Drive In Leeds
Fireworks and Movies – Tickets and movie line up available on their website
Trussville Freedom Celebration
On the Mall in historic downtown Trussville
Food Vendors open at 5:30pm
Rides and Music at 6pm
Fireworks at 9pm
Freedom Fest, Hoover Met
Freedom Fest is coming FREE to the Hoover Met on July 4th for your entire family! Join us for Music & Entertainment, Car Show & a Spectacular Fireworks Display you won’t want to miss! The Blind Boys of Alabama will begin performing at 7:30 p.m. followed by fireworks beginning at 9:00 p.m
5pm – 9:30pm
Southeastern Outings 4th of July Celebration
Bartow Arena Park
Free Band Concert and Birmingham’s Firework Show
Band concert by the UAB Summer Band. This large group of carefully auditioned and selected student and professional musicians is an outstanding concert band. Please bring your own blanket or chairs. Look for the SEO signs. SEO people will assemble next to the concrete planter closest to the stage to the right of the dragon statue (as you face the band) right where the grass ends and the concrete floor leading to the entrance to the arena begins. Look for the Southeastern Outings sign. When the concert ends, conveniently enjoy clearly viewing the Birmingham City Fireworks from the picnic area. Well-behaved, properly supervised children are welcome.
Independence Day at the American Village, Montevallo
Spend 4th of July with your family and friends at the American Village. It’s their biggest Red, White and Blue Party of the Year! Historical Reenactments, music and dancing, food and fireworks!
Admission is $5.00/person.
Gates open at 11:00 a.m. Events from noon to evening fireworks.
Music and Fireworks in the Vineyard at Morgan Creek Winery
Join us in the vineyard this July 4th for wine tastings, live music, winery tours, BBQ and spectacular fireworks! Special opening music begins at 5:00 p.m. The soulful Tekneek Band starts at 6:00 p.m. and fireworks will wow at 9:30 p.m. Bring a blanket and chairs for the perfect spot in the vineyard. $10 per person at the gate and ages 12 & under free. Reserved tables are available for $35 per table and seat up to eight people.
July 4th Festival
There will be a combination of inflatables/rides placed in the streets that will appeal to children of all ages. A DJ will provide music and interactive activities for the patrons at the event. Downtown Homewood is one of the best locations in the entire metro Birmingham area to view the “Thunder on the Mountain” fireworks show from Vulcan Park (see below)
5pm – 9pm
Thunder on the Mountain 2017
For decades, Thunder on the Mountain, Birmingham’s Fourth of July fireworks celebration, has been hailed as one of the largest and most extravagant Independence Day traditions in the state of Alabama, and this year will be no exception. On Tuesday, July 4 at 9:00 pm, Thunder on the Mountain 2017 will once again illuminate the skies above Birmingham’s beloved iron man, Vulcan. Free to the public, this year’s show will last approximately 20 minutes and will feature a variety of firework shells that will brighten the sky with new colors and patterns. The show will be choreographed to a musical soundtrack that will feature a mix of patriotic favorites and popular musical performances. Vulcan Park and Museum takes pride in organizing this highly-anticipated event each year; however, we rely on the community-at-large to help fund this outstanding show for residents of the greater Birmingham area and beyond to enjoy! Thank you for your support.
Helpful Hints / FAQ’s:
Can I watch the fireworks from Vulcan Park and Museum?
No. The fireworks are launched from the park grounds of Vulcan Park and Museum. For safety purposes, Vulcan Park and Museum and its surrounding 10-acre park will close to the public at 6:00 pm on July 4. At this time, the entire park grounds and parking lots will be cleared out and closed.
Where is the best place to view the fireworks?
For the best viewing experience, make sure you have a clear view of Vulcan! Prime viewing locations include Five Points South, Homewood, Vestavia, Mountain Brook, UAB campus, among others. Based on growing crowds in recent years, organizers are advising spectators to stake out a viewing point well in advance of the 9:00 pm show.
Will the show be cancelled in the event of rain?
No. Thunder on the Mountain 2015 will continue rain or shine! However, the show may be cancelled in the event of severe weather conditions.