4th of July Celebrations in the Magic City

One of the best things about the 4th of July is the fireworks and the celebrations. Here is a run down of what’s happening around Birmingham!

Thunder on the Mountain from Vulcan
A Birmingham tradition for decades, Thunder on the Mountain is the city’s annual fireworks display and the biggest in the state of Alabama! Not only does Vulcan Park and Museum organize this magnificent show, but Vulcan is the centerpiece of the program. Make sure you make Vulcan a part of your Independence Day tradition!
Wednesday, July 4 at 9 p.m.

Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular- Birmingham Barons, Regions Park
Celebrate Independence with a special post-game Independence Day Fireworks Show presented by State Farm.
July 3rd vs the Hunstville Stars.

Independence Day 1776 at American Village
Fun, food and fireworks on America’s 236th birthday. Costumed historical interpreters featuring George Washington, Patrick Henry, Abigail Adams and more of our nation’s Founders will tell the inspiring stories of 1776. Lots of patriotic music, 18th century entertainment, and just about everything that can make you “proud to be an American” will occur somewhere at The American Village on this special day of “grand illuminations.” You can count on Alabama’s best “Up Close and Personal” Fireworks show that evening shortly after “twilight’s last gleaming.” Watch the Fireworks explode over Washington Hall as you sit on Constitution Green while listening to inspiring patriotic music by composers like John Philip Sousa as played by The Montevallo Community Band.


Adults and children five and over….. $5.00
All active military and veterans…….. FREE
Age 4 and under……………………….. FREE
Gates open at 11:00 AM; Programs begin at 12:00.

Southeastern Outing’s 4th of July Celebration – UAB Bartow Arena
The Southeastern Outings’ 4th of July Celebration begins with a picnic at 7:00 PM, followed by a FREE 4th of July UAB Summer Band Concert at UAB’s Bartow’s Arena Park and fireworks provided by the City of Birmingham!

Please bring your own blanket or chairs and all your picnic supplies: food, drinks (no alcohol), cups, ice, utensils, etc. Look for the Southeastern Outings signs!

The Southeastern Outings’ 4th of July picnic will begin at 7:00 pm. The concert will begin at 7:30 PM; fireworks to follow.

The Big Kaboom – City of Chelsea
The event will officially begin at 8:00 PM in Chelsea Park, but people tend to arrive early and bring folding chairs and blankets. Fireworks will kick off at 9:00 PMĀ  and will last about 20 minutes. Food vendors will be available.

I Love America Summer Celebration – Vestavia Hills Civic Center & Wald Park
Kick off the 4th of July with free swimming, patriotic music by Shades Mountain Baptist Orchestra, children’s activities by Vestavia Hills United Methodist and the family movie Rio.

Free Swimming 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Children’s Activities by Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Business Expo 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Pops in the Park with the Shades Mountain Baptist Church Orchestra 7:00 -8 :00 PM
Movie-Rio (will be begin at dusk, approximately 8:00 PM)

If you’re headed to T-Town for the 4th, make sure to check out this celebration:

The Tuscaloosa County Parks and Recreation Authority‘s July 4th Celebration on the River event will take place at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater between 6:00 and 8:30 p.m. on Independence Day. The event will feature free, kid-friendly games and activities such as a bounce house and a sack race. The Tuscaloosa Symphony will play at 7:30 p.m. inside the amphitheater. Admission is free. This event also features a free fireworks show.

How does your family celebrate the 4th of July, any special traditions?

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