Where You Should Celebrate With Your Family :: Birmingham 4th of July Celebrations


4th of July celebrations around Birmingham - fireworks!

Ahhh . . . the 4th of July!!! What a jewel of a celebration that’s refreshingly tucked in the hot-as-Hades Alabama summers. With the Fourth falling on a Wednesday this year, I’m sure more people than usual will be sticking around town for celebrations. Here are some fun ways you can grab your slice of Americana around Birmingham:

Fire on the Water — An early round of fireworks, food trucks, and fun at Oak Mountain State Park on JULY 1ST

Independence Day 1776 — American Village’s Annual Independence Day celebration. They have activities going on ALL day long on the Fourth. What a cool setting and fun opportunity for your family!

Our Lady of Sorrows Fourth of July Festival — 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (during the day!) in Homewood. B-B-Q, bake sales, and thrift sales. It doesn’t get much more Mayberry than this.

Thunder on the Mountain — Thanks to Vulcan Park & Museum for putting on the best fireworks in town! People flood into downtown Birmingham to watch these, although I personally would NOT recommend that unless you are making an evening of it (see below), as traffic is horrific after the show is over. Many people find parking lots at churches, shopping centers, etc. in the Over the Mountain areas and set up camp to watch this show. Works just as well!

UAB Summer Concert — Who doesn’t love a free, patriotic concert?! This would warrant a trip downtown for the fireworks. Starts at 7:00 p.m. Pack a picnic!

Homewood July 4th Festival — 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. — A carnival atmosphere and a great place to view the Vulcan fireworks!

Trussville Freedom Celebration — 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Trussville Mall with carnival games, food trucks, and fun.

What am I missing? How will you be celebrating?

May you and yours have a fun, safe, sparkly, GRATEFUL Independence Day!

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Molly grew up in Montgomery and then ventured to Furman University for a degree in Communication Studies. After a year of AmeriCorps service in Denver, working as a camp director in Mentone, and then working for a non-profit in Macon, Molly moved to Birmingham for her husband's pediatric residency at UAB. After moving states, buying their first home, and having a baby within 4 weeks, Molly spent a year at home adjusting to their "new normal”, and she now works full time as the Project Manager for the Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce. Molly and Carter live in Homewood with their daughter, and they are members of Trinity UMC. On nearly any given night, you will find Molly lying on the couch watching HGTV while scouring the internet for the next local festival/story time/restaurant/bargain in the area. Then she will get veryyyy excited to go to bed.