Alabama Celebrates 4th of July All Across the State
The celebrations include the 50th Anniversary of the Spirit of America Festival at Point Mallard in Decatur, Thunder on the Mountain at Vulcan Park & Museum in Birmingham and Independence Day 1776 at the American Village in Montevallo. Families can also enjoy a picnic at the riverfront in Montgomery, sample fresh watermelon at the Watermelon Festival in Grand Bay or watch reflections of fireworks on the waves at Gulf Shores.
The Alabama Tourism Department suggests the following July 4th events.
Cullman– Smith Lake Park 4th Independence Day Festival
Smith Lake Park. All-day entertainment, arts, crafts, food, fireworks and more. www.cullmancountyparks.com.
Decatur- Sprit of America Festival
Point Mallard Park. Celebrate the nation’s birthday at one of the state’s largest patriotic festivals, featuring children’s activities, live music and a fireworks show. This year is the festival’s 50th anniversary. 800-232-5449. www.spiritofamericafestival.
Eclectic- 4th of July Blast
The AMP on Lake Martin. Watch fireworks over the lake from the lawn of the amphitheater after the concert. Activities from 6-9pm with fireworks at 9 p.m. 256-397-1019. www.lmat.org. Admission charged.
Elba- Let Freedom Ring
Downtown Elba. Evening activities including a concert, walking parade, children’s activities, watermelon eating and fireworks display. Free.
Fairhope- Fourth of July Festival and Fireworks Display
Henry George Park and Fairhope Municipal Pier. The Baldwin Pops Band Independence Day Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. with a variety of patriotic music before and after the fireworks display. 251-929-1466. www.cofairhope.com. Free.
Grand Bay- Watermelon Festival
Festival Park. Sample locally grown watermelon while enjoying local music, arts & crafts. www.
Gulf Shores– Fort Morgan Salute to American Independence
Fort Morgan State Historic Site. Independence Day is celebrated at Fort Morgan with artillery firing, small arms firing and special tours of the Fort. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 251-540-7202. www.fortmorgan.org. Admission charged.
Guntersville– All American Celebration
Lake Guntersville. Fireworks show at 9 p.m. best viewed from Civitan Park and Lurleen B Wallace Drive. Free.
Harpersville- Music and Fireworks in the Vineyard
Morgan Creek Winery presents a live music, wine tours, wine tastings, barbecue and fireworks. 205-672-2053. www.facebook.com/
Henagar- Sand Mountain Potato Festival
Celebrate with live music, arts and crafts, entertainment, games and fireworks. Event begins at 10 a.m. and culminates with a beautiful fireworks display. 1-888-805-4740. www.discoverlookoutmountain.
Huntsville- U.S. Space & Rocket Center July 4th Celebration
Children ages 12 and under get free admission on July 4 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Enjoy special, family-friendly patriotic activities during regular museum hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Rocket Center will close at 5 p.m., and there are no evening activities inside the park on July 4. Instead, the Center will launch its largest fireworks display ever for the city of Huntsville at 9 p.m. www.rocketcenter.com/fireworks
Mobile- USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park
Annual Independence Day and fireworks celebration at USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park. Live, patriotic entertainment provided by the Mobile Pops Band, until the fireworks illuminate the sky at 9pm. 251-433-2703. www.mobile.org.
Montevallo– Independence Day 1776
The American Village. See the stories of America’s founding with period re-enactors such as Patrick Henry and Abigail Adams, play Colonial games, patriotic music, fireworks and more. Gates open at 11 a.m. 205-665-3535. www.americanvillage.org. Admission charged.
Montgomery- 4th of July Picnic on the River
Riverfront. Enjoy a picnic by the river with live music at the amphitheater, a rib eating competition, kid’s activities, food vendors and a fireworks show. From 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. 334-625-2100. www.
Prattville– Prattville Independence Day Celebration
Events kicks off with a parade through downtown at 9am, followed by the Lions Club BBQ fundraiser at 10am at Pratt Park, Cardboard Boat Races at 11am at Pratt Pool and a huge fireworks display and patriotic program beginning at 6pm at Stanley Jensen Stadium. 334-358-0297. www.prattvilleal.gov. Free.
Scottsboro– 4th of July on the Tennessee River
Goose Pond Colony, Ed Hembree Drive. Music, Entertainment, Huge Boat Parade, Food, and ending with a fireworks show at the Amphitheater beginning at 6:00 p.m. www.goosepond.org. Free.
Sheffield- July Walking Parade
Montgomery Avenue–Old fashioned walking parade with entries from baby carriages to wagons. 10 a.m. 256-381-3907. www.visitsheffieldal.com. Free
Wetumpka– 4th of July Celebration
Gold Star park. Live entertainment, children’s activities and fireworks. 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. 334-567-5147. www.cityofwetumpka.com. Free.
For a complete calendar of events listing see www.alabama.travel.